Elan Valley 50+ Fieldfare this afternoon/early evening, passing through Hirnant/Pont ar Elan.
Well, I’m delighted to say they are still here and tonight indeed I counted 41!!! Where do they hide? I spent a large amount of the day waiting and saw nothing save 5/6 flying past ,but patience finally rewarded . A bit of excitement yesterday when a fem Sprawk launched an assault , but very half hearted.They are BIG,when you are used to just the males.
My first this year on the rocks the other side of Claerwen river from the carpark. A pair of Stonechat and 20 Meadows Pipit also there. At Dolymynach 6 Goldeneye (3 pairs) with the males throwing their heads back in display. 6 Mandarin still, 2 Greylags and a Grey Heron.
I know, I know, I know, enough is enough….but this waxwing “fatty” must be called.. he would not let any of the other birds get near any of the apples, he would perch on one of the apple sticks happily munching away then as soon as any other bird would alight on any other stick he would fly at them with a vengeance… if he ( I believe it’s a he no female could ever be so aggressive Ha Ha) carries on like this he will never be able to make the long flight home…”PLOP” !!!. I wonder if any other viewers, birders have noticed this behaviour. A few too many anys.!!!