Reckon they’re a bit optimistic just ‘cus it’s mild , but a quick snog -tongues and all- and then on with the fun! Guess that’s why Collared Doves are doing so well.
What a contrast! Beautiful yesterday and awful today : crepuscular! Yest. 100 +Canadas on the lake…well ice, plus the hardy wee Tufty and Greylag hybrid. By the lagoon , the Rail ventured briefly onto the ice whilst squealing as if murder was afoot! 5 LT tits graced our feeders, but nothing unusual-the Sprawk continues to drop in , just to say “Hi”to the tits & finches !! We currently have up to 9 Blackbirds on our windfalls-wish some Fieldfares would join in.
One seen with flock of 180 Golden Plovers today at Llanbadarn Fynydd (Radnorshire), SO105807. If you are going to look for the birds, please view only from the road. At times it did disappear, but this field seemed to be the favourite one that the birds were feeding in.
Please also keep a look out for any colour ringed Golden Plover if visiting the area.
One has to be imaginative or have a surrealistic bent….but to me I can see a hovering Kestrel….but has been long said it is “In the eyes of the beholder”….We visited last Thursday on the way back from Hereford arrived 3.30 ish. They were just starting to arrive in dribs and drabs…but be aware the majority have moved from the usual roost to one of the small square plantings underneath LLandegley rocks, before the track bends towards farmer Lawrence’s sheds… The planting is barely 100 metres from the track …How on earth 100 thousands of birds manage to roost in about half an acre of planting.. the mind boggles and needs to be seen to be believed…. Like bees swarming…Fab-u-lous!!!! Well worth the trip….Quite a few raptors about.. but they didn’t like the colour of my car. unfortunately not a purposeful murmeration photographically.
Lake still frozen 75%, so back to Cefnllys with brief sightings of Martina & Hubby (not on feeders!), plus the usual-Tits, & Marsh x2 , Chaffies , Goldfinches ,Greenfinches , Nuthatches, GS Woodies and H. Sparrows ,plus a Treecreeper-still no sign of Redpolls /Siskins. Think we missed the best , being in the far North…again! Biggest apple harvest ever : resulting in EIGHT Blackbirds scoffing all the windfalls-tons left if the odd Fieldfare cares to drop in. Wonder if they are on the net?
OK–so in Monts but a good site to visit if you`re around that area. So called in today, good news very few Canada geese, a handful v the 100s I saw there a few weeks back. On pool were lots teal, female shoveler right in front of hide, pintail M&F , wigeon, kingfisher flew across so a nice set of birds on a quick visit. Several cormorants too !