Yesterday Dick, Kev, Sue and I, whilst trying to locate the Hirnant Goshawks, (No sightings) but had excellent views of a Merlin (Sorry Alan C) dashing backwards and forwards being mobbed by Corvids. Other birds included 8 Stonechats, 5 Mallards and 2 Kestrels. After lunch, and off to Claerwen, 5 Chiffchaffs, 5 Long t Tits, 4 Goldcrests and on D y n, 2 Little Grebe and a big Grebe.
At mid day today an adult Red Kite flew across the A470 (Llanwrthwl junction) catching the roof of my truck. Running along the middle of the A470 at mid day trying to catch an injured Red Kite is not recommended.
Finally catching the bird (No jewellery on its legs), The bird sadly died at Gigrin farm later, thanks for your help Chris.
Other news: Things very calm and quiet up Elan Valley today with not much movement, of note was 14 Mallard, and the male Goshawk showing well at Pont ar Elan since Saturday, as now been joined by a female 3-30pm today (Thanks Dick).
Early morning – Mid day: An early morning start up Elan Valley with Alan, Starting at Glanllyn lake up to Pont ar Elan, and over to Claerwen. Birds recorded were Meadow Pipit (100+), Raven (20+), Siskin (20+), Reed Bunting (12), Goldfinch (10+), Stonechat (10+), Coal Tit (8), Stock Dove (5), Bullfinch (4), Great Crested Grebe (3), Heron (3), Goosander (2), and Kestrel (2). Excellent views of an adult male Goshawk being mobbed by 30+ Meadow Pipits at the Hirnant. Other birds included small numbers of Swallow, House Martin and single Song Thrush, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and Nuthatch.
I counted Six this Morning…. Fred has seen seven… these three seem to fish in a pack all at once….Japanese trained I expect….Next thing a Junk and an oriental chap with a lantern!!!!!!!!! also this morn briefly three fem Goosanders… they didn’t last long… one of the cormorants surfaced right underneath them causing them a hasty retreat skyward. A few pairs of juvenile Stonechats up the rhogo, and a Juv dab feeding in the small pool.