Cefnllys & Lake.

A Swallow from across the road at Brenda’s has taken a liking to our electricity wire and spends ages twittering up there; a pair of Chiffchaffs are nesting in the garden and a pic of the ‘humbugs” from a couple of days ago-hope they are doing ok. in our absurd weather!


Belated pics from pre hols-where does the time go? Anyway, much the same today up there with Pied Fly hanging round the strangest nest box-now hidden by the leaves…just as well! No sign of Wheatears , but Little Grebe feeding 2 youngsters -pics tomorrow-I hope!

Great White Egret in Penybont

(via Colin) Great White Egret by the Mithil Brook near Penybont at noon today (17/5). Also over the past week: Grasshopper Warbler singing (‘reeling’) on Gilwern Common; Spotted Flycatchers at several sites yesterday (16/5); the first fledgling Stonechats from 10/5 onwards. Incidental records of nests with eggs of Linnet, Pied Flycatcher and Wheatear, and nests with young of Carrion Crow, Grey Wagtail, Long-tailed Tit and Marsh Tit. The Crow nest is 1.9 metres up in an isolated hawthorn (same site was used successfully last year), the MT nest is in a hole in an alder not far from Llandrindod. Behaviour: Blue Tit gathering feather down from the exterior of a Goshawk nest (observed under licence). Nice showing of Early Purple Orchids in an Ithon valley wood.

Swift News & Events!

Get ready!

The Swifts will soon be here, and a few sightings have begun to trickle in from Powys.

The Green Connections team are gearing up to start recording their return and if you would like to come along to a guided walk, do have a look on our website and sign up via Eventbrite for one of them. 🌻https://www.rwtwales.org/events
We will visit:
Llandrindod Wells, Presteigne, Llangunllo, Rhayader and Knighton

Alternatively, you can book with janice@rwtwales.org

Excitingly, we also have a new talk from Edward Mayer of Swift Conservation via zoom, May 18th. Bookable please with Eventbrite – and a link will be sent out closer to the time 😊 See the Events page 👏Coming soon!
More details are here –

Cefnllys Castle, Shaky Bridge – Wheatear, Dipper, Redstart

The Wheater was spotted up on top of Cefnllys Castle. There were two but could only catch one on camera. The usual Buzzards and Red Kites were in the air and the Cuckoos are calling every morning. Back at Shaky Bridge the Dipper was very active right by the bridge and stayed around for quite a few minutes with a small fish in it’s beak until flying off upstream. The Redstart was on the hillside on the walk back up the side of Castle Bank. Then heard the Cuckoo calling loudly and there it was flying above my head being mobbed by three small birds. The photo isn’t great but at least I managed to catch the action as it flew over the hill! At the same time another Cuckoo was calling from the other side of the valley across the Ithon.

Elan today.

Despite the drizzle we managed the Wood Warblers in Cnwch wood and heard the Cuckoo.No sign of a Redstart, but Pied Flies around. Near Hirnant  now in rain ,a Curlew strutting around right next the road , 2 Whinchats  and 2 Wheatears which eluded my lens. Stonechats and Meadow Pips also.

Lake update

Canada goslings down to one today from 3 ,2 days ago! Likely the LBBGull as per. Pics from yesterday showing 2 adults hassling one of the youngsters and it scoots back to the parents who rapidly head for the island and a bit of peace-obviously it didn’t last! Plus a late report from Carol who spotted the pair of Wheatears by the car park/quarry up the Rhogo today.

L’dod Lake.

A Common Sandpiper flew from near the fishing platform to the lagoon yesterday -probably feeding in the mud. Today only 2 of the 3 Goslings-LBBGull probably dined! Still 4 Tufties and the Grebe which caught a fish and was then chased in flight round the island by another grebe-probably an intruder rather than the female. Mistle Thrushes nesting 20 feet up a tree past the cafe and 2 Cormorants still. 20+ Sand Martins and 4 Swallows hawking the surface.