Tuesday, 21 April 2015


Pumlumon was a busy place yesterday. 3 people (including myself), numerous wheatear, skylarks and meadow pipits, the latter feeding young. Count at the summit of Pumlumon Fawr was 2 buzzards, one red kite, one peregrine, a raven, 2 ring ouzel, the dotterel and just below the summit a pair of red grouse.

Monday, 20 April 2015


First Swift over the house tonight, very Swifty weather over the last couple of days.
Earliest ever for me; Swifts have also arrived early in other parts of Europe and N. Ireland

Tony Clark
Bow Street


A hoopoe was seen in Felinwynt on Saturday 18th. I have seen hoopoe 's in Madagscar and years ago in Bedfordshire so I positively identified it I saw it twice about 9. 30 and 10. 15. 
Unfortunately I wasn't able to get a photograph 

John Devereux 


The Dotterel was still on the summit of Pumlumon until 4 pm this afternoon.

Jerry Moore

(Well done and worth that long drag up there. Great photo. Can't see me making it again.
7 Ring Ouzels on Foel Fawr this morning. More my style now as you can drive there. JAD)


We had a female pied flycatcher in the garden yesterday afternoon. First female I have seen here.

Ian Burgess

RSPB Ynys-hir

Still 5 ring ousel on Foel Fawr this morning. On the estuary were 11 whimbrel, a dark-bellied brent goose and 4 bar-tailed godwit and from Ynys Feurig hide a little ringed plover, 7 whimbrel and a black-tailed godwit.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Llandewi field trip report

Today's Field Trip

12 of us set out for a walk around the beautiful valley at Llanddewi
Breifi in sunshine but a chilly easterly breeze and were rewarded with plenty to see. The bird list is as follows;
Grey heron,red kite, buzzard, kestrel, peregrine falcon, wood pigeon,
stock dove, G.S. woodpecker, swallow, meadow pipit, pied wagtail, wren,
dunnock, robin, redstart, wheatear, stonechat, song thrush, mistle
thrush, blackbird, blackcap, willow warbler, chiffchaff, goldcrest,
great tit, coal tit, blue tit, nuthatch, treecreeper, magpie, jay,
jackdaw, carrion crow, raven, house sparrow, chaffinch, redpoll,
goldfinch, greenfinch, bullfinch, and yellowhammer. 

Many thanks to Karen for leading and to Red and David for invaluable local knowledge.


A very smart (female) Dotterel at the summit of Pumlumon this morning. If anyone is tempted to go and have a look wrap up warm as the summit is still covered in ice and frost.

Pied Flycatchers

During a superb birdwalk at Llandewi Brefi this morning David price and I commiserated on the absence of our piedys which usually arrive in the second week of April…on returning home I saw a fine male having a look around the boxes!

Ring Ousels again, then Ynyshir

I arrived at the top end of Cwm Einion at 7.55 this morning to find Roy in situ. We enjoyed the Ring Ousels for about 20 minutes before Roy left and I managed another ten minutes until i couldn't feel my fingers. There were six birds present when I left.,
Then it was down the hill to Ynyshir which was positively balmy in the sunshine. Straight to the Ynys Feurig hide for the high tide, where I found 127 Curlews, 4 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Ringed Plover in addition to the usual Redshank and Lapwing. Also single male Pintail and Shoveler, 2 White Wagtails and a gorgeous Greenland Wheatear.
On the way back I enjoyed Tree Pipit, several Pied Flycatchers and my first Sedge Warbler of the year.
Back at the visitor centre I met Arfon, who showed me a photo of the Dotterel which he had found on Pumlumon earlier on. I think it would take me most of the morning to get up there these days.
Anyway, Arfon and I then drove the short distance up Cwm Einion, where we spent a very pleasant session with the Ring Ousels, this time without freezing.