Huge numbers of Fieldfare finally put in an appearance in the Elan Valley. Around 4000 birds up the Claerwen favouring the slopes between Dolymynach and Ciloerwynt. A few hundred Redwing and Starling with them. An amazing sight when they were spooked into flying en masse around the valley. Inevitably the birds attracted the attention of a Peregrine. Also a few Bramblings, 12 Redpolls and a few Goldcrests about. On Dolymynach a lone Wigeon with the Mallards.
Made a visit to the lake last Tues to show my wife Joy the G.W.E… Well it was still about but in its usual preferred haunt about 400 yards away Hey Ho..but a sighting and a first for Joy….Loads of tufties ,Teal, wigeon above disturbed by some raptor. ( Probably the goshawk)Two cormorant, a Juv and Adult great Crested Grebe.A red Legged partridge came down for a rummage in the Margins ….”Bonjour“We were joined By Mr Dick Cridlen for the later part of our stay in the hide…Nice to meet you Dick and to echo your words “Nice to put a face to a name” On our way out of the hide we heard this hullabaloo screeching, and what we could only describe as a goshawk was having a go at the Partridge… fancied a little french cuisine sans doubte.
200 + Fieldfare and 5 Redwings at Ciloerwynt farm, On D y m 4 Mandarins flew in 12-30, also present 2 Little Grebes and a Chiffchaff. On Caban Coch there were 2 Cormorants and 2 more flew over. 3 Goosander flew over Garreg Ddu early this morning after roosting there, and a single Brambling is with 4 Chaffinchs down by the Sawmill.
Ring Ouzel: A single female type was seen with 200 + Fieldfare at Troedrhiwdraen, along with 20 + Redwings, and 2 female and a male Brambling. More Fieldfare 50 +, were at the Hirnant along with a pair of Stonechats, and at Pont ar Elan a pair of Stonechats and a single Kestrel.
News of late: A Chiffchaff was singing in Cnwch wood, and a Red-legged Partridge was seen at Pont ar Elan.
Up the Elan p.m. and thence the Claerwen : just past the farm and a swirling horde of Fieldfares caught our eyes. At least 200+. They refused to settle for ages, until a few dropped onto the line of Rowans, fidgeting uneasily-my guess would be newly arrived. Managed some distant pics : see if you can spot the Redwing (extreme left!)-didn’t realise until I enlarged the pic,which has 20 odd Fieldfares in it.
On to the dam and an autumnal Dipper pottering round the weir-looks as if Tony has been at it! Add 2 Buzzards worming and it made a fair outing.
Its been about for a couple of days now.. distant shot….seemed to enjoy the lagoon area near by where the heron sometimes perches, but today it was showing top end near the new fishing platform dipping pool.A recent one of marsh tit one of three that visit the stump.