Not birds today but some colour to cheer you all on a miserable Sept day! These 3 were in the garden earlier in the week  when the sun came out!!! Small Copper, Small Tortoiseshell, Wall Brown-also seen : Painted Lady, Small White and Large.


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Elan Valley Bird Watching Events

This years events ran from April 1st through to the end of August, we were concentrating in and around the area`s of rspb Carngafallt and Cnwch Woodlands. In all a total of 68 species were recorded, a big thank you to all those that supported and attended these events.

Facebook page  Elan Valley Bird Watching Events.

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Red Grouse @ Beacon Hill

10 seen near the summit today. Other birds of note were Crossbill, Peregrine, 2 Kestrel and 16 Teal.

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Help Needed: BTO Owl Survey

(via Carlton Parry) The BTO are looking for help with their Owl Survey.

The survey is in different two parts. The point survey (TOPS), is where an observer can request an available tetrad (2x2km) in SO05 for Rads, or other areas and visit it twice between 15/8 and 15/10 to record any Tawny Owls they detect. And the the second part, that is more flexible, whereby someone can listen out for owls, say from their garden,  between Sept and March.

Contact Carlton by email (cj.parry@tiscali.co.uk) for further info (NB he is not available from 4-18/9) or from BTO HQ (see the website below).

Currently there are 16 of the 25 tetrads available for request in SO05.


Many Thanks!

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Nightjar @ Bwlch-y-Sarnau

I was very surprised to see a Nightjar this evening at ByS! I can’t imagine it will be here for much longer before heading south for the winter. Also several Tawny Owls heard and seen.

Earlier in the day a Tree Pipit was seen flying over, and a handful of Crossbills were seen with a few others heard calling.

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Elan &…

Sadly for the birding fraternity , things are not so good now , until our winter Thrushes arrive : here is one of our last Wheatears heading for the Atlas mts etc.Where does the time go? This one was near Pont ar Elan. Also 2 Ravens (they are going to be a lot harder to spot with NR Wales allowing “indiscriminate “shooting.What a laughable org . it is now: once the bastion of wildlife and now the servant of narrow minded farmers  and  the grouse shooting fraternity ! Finally , farewell to our Ospreys and another success story-3 offspring-this , a poor shot of Alys one of the fem juvs and the BOSS! 

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Elan Valley.

August: monthly summary.

oiuOf note were 100+ LBBGulls, 100+ Meadow Pipits, 50+ Crossbills, 30+ Siskins, 8 Goosanders, 6 Little Grebes and 4 Little Egrets.

A juv Green Woodpecker was present throughout in Elan village, 2 Little Grebes made a brief appearance at D y n 3rd, as did 2 Little Egrets 6th. 50+ Crossbills were present in Gwaelod 9th, and 30+ Siskins were there on the 14th, a juv Goshawk flew down Claerwen 15th, and there were 2 Little Egrets on the river at Pont ar Elan 17th.

A single Oystercatcher was showing well on Pennygarreg 18th, 4 Little Grebes were on D y n, while 100+ LBBGulls flew over 19th, 8 Goosanders were there 20th, 100+ Swallows were at Hirnant 21st, 2 Barn Owls were hunting at Craig goch 23rd, and a Purple Sandpiper was at Caban coch 29th. A Little Egret was present at D y n 29th – 30th, and 70 LBBGulls were on Caban coch 31st.


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