Elan Valley.

A flock of Mandarin flying around Dolymynach, on the water 10 Mallard, a pair of Teal and a Goosander. Elsewhere there is a Cormorant on Garrrg Ddu, and a Woodpecker drumming in the Village.


Looking back at 2016, some birds were well recorded, while others were probably just taken for granted. Osprey records were well received as birds continue to spread across Wales, Golden Eagle was again recorded, for the 3rd year. Mandarin peaked at 50, Ring Ouzel 19, and Common Scoter 15. An excellent year for breeding Stonechat and Whinchat, while Wheatear records were well down. Confirmed breeding of Red Grouse, records of Juvenile Short-eared and Barn Owl and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Other birds included Water Rail, Whooper Swan and Yellow-browed Warbler. Close by there was an Hawfinch at a bird table, while a Great Grey Shrike was showing an interest in the birds at another bird table. A big thank you to all those that turned up for events, and the ones that came out on those long walks, I know many of you follow this blog.


Happy New Year 2017 šŸ™‚


About Tony Ware

Watching birds from an early age. Became a serious twitcher during the 80s clocking up 400 + species, which was a lot in them days. Later became a Wildlife Trust Warden and during the 90s The Warwickshire County Mammal Recorder for the Mammal Society and Warwickickshire Biological Record Centre, before moving to Mid-Wales. Today living and Birdwatching in the beautiful Elan Valley, Mid Wales, Recording-BTO survey work, Nest Record Scheme and WeBS.
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5 Responses to Elan Valley.

  1. kevjoynes says:

    Well done sir and the same to you.

  2. Tony Ware says:

    Cheers Kev šŸ™‚

  3. bazzpugh says:

    Hi Tony, great records keep up the good work ….l was about the valley mid day, l saw the flock of mandarins could have been 20 mixed males and females…they were hunkering down in the shadow of the alders and willows rhs of track to the hide….clocked me and flew to the far side of nantymynoch res….lovely sight..happy new year to yourself and Tess.

  4. Tony Ware says:

    Thank you Bazz.

  5. pjhorsburgh says:

    Is the golden eagle thought to wild? Or an escapee?
    Where are the lesser spotted WPs to be found pse?

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