Posted by: martinallandod | November 30, 2015

Lakeside reed beds

I’ve been away so only just read about the amazing sighting of a Bittern at Llandod lake! Well done to get those pictures of this rare elusive bird.  Another reason to politely ask the council NOT to partly cut the reeds down to “improve the view”, which I did last month. Alas, more voices complain about these reeds than celebrate them it seems. Anyone who would like to help protect the reed beds and our precious wildlife which use them for food, nesting and shelter, please mail to:

Thank you.

Posted by: Tony Ware | November 30, 2015

Dark Is The Night.


ELAN: And so with all the heavy rain, the water finely reaches Caban Coch dam.

WEATHER: Very heavy rain, Bleak. Gloomy, Poor visibility and a very strong south-westerly wind.

BIRDS: No wonder the birds are keeping a low profile. A Green Woodpecker was seen flying over the village. Kestrels were at Claerwen and the Hirnant. 5 Mistle Thrush and the male Stonechat still present at Craig Goch, and a pair of Goldeneye still at D y n Reservoir.

Posted by: robin100 | November 29, 2015

Green Sandpiper @ Pwllpatti

(via Don Slimming) Two seen today. Also 30+ widgeon, 40+ teal, heron.

Posted by: kevjoynes | November 29, 2015

The gales go on…and on!

Lovely isn’t it? Here’s a couple from just before the blast : two firsts for the season- 8 LT Tits  (as reported), but also two Jays back after a prolonged absence-love ’em! They might be back if I have any feeders left tomorrow: most are currently on the flippin’ floor!_DSC3902_filtered


Posted by: kevjoynes | November 28, 2015


The price we pay for living in such a beautiful area is that we can’t see it very often!  Currently , we are being battered by strong winds and rain… AGAIN! Herewith a pic of the local Sprawk , whose airstream cooled my ear this a.m. as he shot past while I was at the feeders! A neighbour saw one take a Starling t’other day -maybe t’was the fem.tho’ I have seen the male take one and it screamed for 15 …yes …15 mins before he managed to subdue it!  Raptors apart , we have had our first visit from the LT Tits-pics to follow-but still no Redpolls or Siskins; we do have Greenfinches including one looking rather ill, but I guess it’s still too mild as yet up here on the hill! I always forget we are around 800 feet . Mind , Bazz is entertaining both downtown.DSC_3336_filtered

Posted by: neomatrix2 | November 28, 2015

Morning at Pentrosfa Mire 26th Nov 2015

A bit late, I know but life is hectic! Took advantage of the ‘dry slot in the forecast’ and went to the Mire – the Bittern could have been hiding up there.. the nearest I got was a Heron.  Otherwise a good morning: 50+ Brambling flitting about with some Chaffinches, a glimpse of a Water Rail, a pair of Pheasant, 3 red Kite, 150+ Starling, 80+ Snipe (put up by a very low flying RAF jet) and later on a glimpse of a Peregrine, which also put up some of the Snipe. Went home happy!

Posted by: kevjoynes | November 27, 2015

Lens cap

Anyone lost a cap from their bins whilst looking for our”departed” Bittern? If so get in touch.

Posted by: bazzpugh | November 27, 2015

Reed buntings.

017A pair feeding in the lagoon reed beds this morning….Heard only…. two water rail very elusive at moment. Female middle shot.009

002Male Reed bunting.


Posted by: Tony Ware | November 26, 2015

Out & About.

LLANDEGLEY: Snipe 5 and many Starlings flying over late afternoon.


PENYBONT COMMON: A single Kestrel and male Stonechat. Again 1000+ Starlings going to roost.

The farm lane going to The Pales: 30+ Fieldfare with 3 Redwings, 30+ House Sparrow, 20+ Wood Pigeon, 5 Stock Dove, 3 Bullfinch and 2 Grey Wagtails on the stream.

Posted by: bazzpugh | November 26, 2015

Wren and Ratty.

On a quest for the water rail near the lagoon area, this little chap was going bananas, alarm calling swooping down to the deck..012018004 couldn’t fathom out what his problem was until I heard a rustle and a slight movement in the reeds, and there was one of our lakeside vermin eating the grain I put down… they don’t miss a trick!!! I blanked on the water rail front but on the plus side had a visit from the Kingfisher… landed and perched not 4 metres away in one of the fringe alders…swung the camera around slowly and carefully but he was away leaving me with nowt but a high-pitched screech…you cant win em all!!! 

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