Cuckoo heard calling in Ogwr Fach valley below Glynogwr around noon today. Large numbers of Willow Warblers together with Chiffchaff and occasional Blackcap. Swallows and Sand Martin over the river, as were three Mallard. Dipper. Buzzard. Carrion Crow. Woodpigeon. Mipits in bracken on hillside. Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch.
Male Hen Harrier quartering field at junction of Pant Hirwaun and Heol Laethog at 1:00 today before heading off south towards Cefn Hirgoed.
Barn Owl ventured into trees at edge of garden from adjacent field at 9:30 last night. Another new garden bird.
Single Brambling provided a new garden list bird and a great start to a frosty morning.
2 x Raven circling high over the garden Sunday 2nd September. Swallows still with us. Plenty of buzzard activity, up to 3 together. Sparrowhawk, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock, Nuthatch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Green Woodpecker.
Fly-over cormorant added new bird to my garden list today. Single Red Kite has been over garden and surrounding fields daily for about a week now. Plenty of young birds, particularly robins, blackbirds and tits. Up to 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker attending feeders at same time. Treecreeper in woodland today.
First fledgling in the garden this year is a Jay.
Cuckoo heard in garden this morning – also yesterday evening though more distant.
Cuckoo in the garden today. It didn’t dwell, moving through fairly quickly from south to north and on up towards the hills. Much later than last year. Garden warbler has been in an area of gorse and scrub on the edge of the wood for a week now. Very happy to have chiffchaff, willow warbler, blackcap and garden warbler all present.
Swallows and house martins today. 2 raven and 3 common buzzard over.
Barn Swallows have now reached the garden and pleased to have Willow Warbler as new garden bird yesterday which is still around this morning so hoping it may stay. Morning birdsong just now is fabulous.
Common Whitethroat appears to have taken up residence in garden. Has been seen and heard singing every day since Saturday.
3 linnets in garden today
First swallows in fields and on lines just below the house, so not quite a 2018 garden tick yet.
Lots of evidence of nesting activity in the garden including pairs of wood pigeon, collared dove, jay, bullfinch, chaffinch, blackcap, blackbird, great spotted woodpecker. Plenty of blue, great, coal tits with long tailed tit flocks around and goldfinch. Singing chiffchaff and song thrush and very vocal tawny owl close by at dusk.
First singing Blackcap in garden yesterday. Also singing Chiffchaff. Reed bunting still visiting but less regular now. Goldfinch, chaffinch, great, blue, coal and long tailed tits, great spotted woodpecker (also drumming), nuthatch, house sparrow, dunnock, robin, wren, blackbird, song thrush, magpie, jackdaw, carrion crow, wood pigeon, collared dove. Still awaiting first hirundines over.
Singing Chiffchaff in garden yesterday – first of year
Brief drive along New Road today. Great White Egret below Weobley Castle, Wheatear from Marsh Road just west of Crofty and single Red Kite over Penclawdd
Short spell birding from comfort of car along Heol Spencer prompted by Northern Wheatear in flight along roadside. Stonechat (m&f), Meadow Pipit, Snipe.
Reed Bunting in the garden over last few days is a garden first. Lots of activity around the feeders and garden in the snow. Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Magpie, Jay, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Robin, Dunnock, Blackbird, Wren, Blue, Great, Coal and Long-tailed Tits, pair Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting
Snipe in the garden still this morning. Also 2 Mistle thrush, 4 redwing, single fieldfare together with more regular garden birds. Pleased that the birds are coming to me as I am seriously snowed in!
Very pleased to add Common Snipe to my garden list this afternoon. Lots of activity in the drifting snow including 4 Fieldfare, Grey Wagtail, pair of Bullfinch, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, m&f Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chaffinch, Wren, Robin, Dunnock, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Great, Blue, Coal and Long-tailed Tits, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Magpie, Carrion Crow