Posted by: kevjoynes | February 25, 2017

DORIS! @ Elan.

Just to add to Tony’s report, here are a few pics of Doris on Thurs 23rd-not a bird in sight and I refused to get the grandchildren out of the car lest they were bowled over up top  of Caban Coch-I could not stand upright myself  and just pointed the camera in the rough direction ; Xst, I have NEVER been up there in the like : the wind was tearing the water from the reservoir and hurling it up the mountainside like whisps of mist-I almost got bowled over as  it ripped my bobble hat off as t’were a boater-humbled by nature’s immense power…again!dsc_3556_filtered-copy


And finally, the calm after the storm above Craig Goch.


Posted by: Tony Ware | February 24, 2017

A Kittiwake and Doris.

Elan: As the worst storm of the winter lashes through the valley, bringing devastation and disruption. Today must have been the calm after the storm, and the arrival of some new birds.

Between Garreg Ddu and Claerwen Dam there were 200 + Fieldfare with 100 + Starling, 30 Mandarin, 10 Mallard, the arrival of 2 more Goldeneye now brings the total to 9 birds, pairs of Goosander and Teal, single Kingfisher and a Sparrowhawk. A surprise find was an exhausted juvenile kittiwake.


Between Craig Goch and Pont ar Elan there were 1,000 + Starling, and in summer plumage there were 8 Stonechat and a pair of Reed bunting.


Posted by: steeejones | February 21, 2017

Green Sandpiper @ Pwll Patti

A single Green Sandpiper with a single Snipe feeding on the muddy margins of Pwll Patti, Glasbury. Also 30+ Wigeon and 20 Teal. More birds on the site obscured by the large hedge to the right of the hide.

Posted by: kevjoynes | February 19, 2017


Currently out of the loop as t’were-lotsa grandchilders!!! Still herewith a few visitors , including a Siskin, which I obviously poached from Bazz’s hoard! Not many birds , due to mild weather, but the wee Goldcrest and Treecreeper popped in. Interesting to look closely and see the minute bits of sunflower and peanut that he mops up…insectivores indeed! Truth is , in hard times , grab anything nutritious. Saw a Wren in the garden today  for the first time this winter.





Posted by: Simon Allen | February 18, 2017

Cwtiad Aur / Golden Plover @ Begwns

100+ this afternoon. South-facing slope.

Possibly not the finest photo.


We called over to Llandod today to check out the new Rock Park Coffee House and Tea Room, but not before a spot of birding. On the town lake there were 14 Goosander and a pair of Tufted duck, on the reeds there was a female Reed Bunting, and in the back ground 2 Woodpeckers were drumming, close by in the woodlands there were 5 Siskin and numerous Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit and a calling Chiffchaff.

Upon the Golf Course 50 + Fieldfare flew over, 20 + Chaffinch were on a feeder, in the pines there were 12 + Siskin, 12 + Linnet and 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker. In the Church yard there were 3 Bullfinch.

And finally The Rock Park Coffee House & Tea Room, which comes well recommend, please support if your in the area. Outside on the river/stream a Dipper, and high above in the tree canopies Goldcrest and Coal Tit calling.

Posted by: kevjoynes | February 17, 2017

Visitors from afar…again.

The Waxies have popped in again-did they ever go? Well it seems that we have some hanging around from last time , but others dropping in as they move southwards. Our resident expert Tony Cross will be able to sum up their vagaries eventually along with some quite surprising results. Check out “Ruffled Feathers” ( his website ).But odd birds move  down  from Scotland  to Wales and then across country with surprising regularity-I mean from here to the east coast etc. They are amazingly mobile. They really are clued in about supermarkets and berry shrubs/trees, mostly heading for urban centres where no winter thrushes venture,thus berries are still available, so we are quite lucky.



Posted by: martinallandod | February 16, 2017

What larks

Three skylarks chasing around Cefnllys trig point, one of them singing. Nuthatches, great & blue tits, dunnocks, song & mistle thrushes all brushing up on their vocals. As far as they’re concerned: Winter is Over.

Posted by: robin100 | February 14, 2017

Rock Park, Llandrindod 

We don’t normally run adverts on here but this is a volunteer-run community enterprise and well worth a visit. Call in for coffee while you’re spotting bird life in the Rock Park!

Posted by: robin100 | February 13, 2017

Llandod Lake

(via Nigel Starnes) Quick walk around the lake at 16:15 Sunday 12 Feb.

Pair of Tufted Duck 

c.14 Goosander – males looking very smart now, with a noticeable salmon flush .

Water Rail – seen very briefly as it flew out of the reeds – around the viewing point (the one with the hole in the middle) and back into the reeds again.

GBB Gull – single juvenile seen briefly at rest in the middle of the lake .

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