June summary: At D y m: Breeding birds, noteworthy was Greylag with 4 goslings, Buzzard (3 young), Confirmed breeding of Reed Bunting and Sedge Warbler, Common Sandpiper (1 Chick), the Great Crested Grebe still have 2 Chicks (Humbugs), a second nest was built close to the roadside, but was washed away due to high water levels, and a Redstart and Coal Tit bred in the barn.
Gwaelod: Crossbills 20 (40% juvs) and a Siskin with young.
Toilet Blocks: Top dam Swifts (3 pair) and Claerwen, House Martin (3 pair).
Other Birds: The visitor centre Spotted Flycatchers raised 3 chicks, Curlew with young, 2 juv Herons (21st) Garreg ddu, good numbers of Redstart, Whinchat, Stonechat, Tree Pipit and Song Trush, and it seems Pied Flycatchers are having a late season/brood.
Other notes: More Deer sightings, early today a Roe deer was seen swimming across Caban Coch reservoir, while a Roe deer as been seen at neighbouring valley Gifach.
And finally: Elan Valley Ravens declining ?
Where have all the Blue Tits gone ?
Are Rhayader Swift numbers down ?
Diary date: The next Elan Valley Bird Group meeting: Sunday 12th July, meet 8-30 am at Llanerch car park. to walk to Rhiwnant mine area.
These are three Different ladies one sitting on eggs at a friend’s house in a bird box. one pair made their nest in an old gate post near the River Ithon… nearly ready to fledge… and the third in a bird box in Rhyddllandau farm wood, rearing young. The top lady is provocatively showing her underwear !!!!
These are two different males both successfully rearing broods now ringed by Carlton and nearly ready to fledge …lovely to see and hear the gentle clicking call of the parents trying to entice the young out of their respective nesting boxes. Now ringed who knows what part of the world they may turn up in the future….also the female mate of second pic of male.