A Sunday morning with blue skies is both a blessing and a curse, both myself and Tony knew Elan would fill with tourists rapidly. However, the Claerwen Valley remained a bit quieter for longer. By the time we walked away from the road around Dolymynach, we had the place to ourselves…and a chorus of early spring migrants.
Seen or heard in the vicinity were Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and possible Whitethroat & Blackcap. Also numerous Goldcrest and Wren, Song Thrush + Blackbird. Blue, Great, Coal + long tailed Tit were nesting. Treecreeper, Mistle Thrush and Stock Dove were also seen. The reservoir held Greylag geese, Gc grebe, gooseander and mallard.
Numerous Red Kite and Buzzard were sighted and surrounding grassland held Stonechat and Wheatear as well as many Mippits. A pair of Siskin and a party of coal tits were an unusual find near Craig Goch. Despite efforts we did not find a Pied Flycatcher, but we did hear a distant Redstart. A Swallow above Pont Elan was a season first along with a possible Sand / House Martin.
Plenty of birds, but still a little early for many migrants in the uplands, despite the summer weather. With Winter forecasted to return for Easter perhaps they are wise!