Monday, May 20, 2019

'A weekend in the valley'.........

I decided last weekend that I would bird locally with a visit to Darren Woods, Llangynwyd on Saturday where I found four singing male Wood Warblers holding territories and amongst other a pair of Coal Tits tending a nest in an old moss covered stone wall.
It's great to see Wood Warblers back in good numbers the species having disappeared from the wood for a several years due to poor woodland management.
On Sunday morning I visited Maesteg golf course hoping for a Cuckoo, one was heard but not seen, as compensation a Grasshopper Warbler showed nicely in brambles adjacent the 17th tee.
Here are some images from the weekend...…..
































Sunday, May 12, 2019

'An afternoon of nest box checking'.......

After a successful morning at the Dotterel hot spot of Garreg Lwyd myself and Colin Richards spent an afternoon at a western oak wood on the Breconshire side of the upper Swansea Valley checking nest boxes, a site that Colin has monitored for several years.
We checked 16 in total and all but 3 were occupied with either eggs or young at various stages of their development.
Boxes were occupied by Pied Flycatcher, Nuthatch, Great Tit and Blue Tit, unfortunately we didn't find one being used by Common Redstart.
Here are a few images from the afternoon...…….






















A day out with the 'Dotterelmeister'.........

A message from fellow 'Maestegi' Colin Richards asking if I fancied a jaunt up to Garreg Lwyd, Munydd Ddu yesterday morning was answered with a massive positive reply.
Colin is unquestionably the Dotterel expert in South Wales and visits this hotspot regularly in spring and autumn checking on passage birds, his records go back some twenty five years, that's a lot of data !!
With Colin at the wheel we rocked up at the car park below the mountain at about 10.15am, my fitness level after my radiotherapy for my PC isn't quite what it should be but I was really pleased with myself on getting to the limestone plateau at the summit after a bit of a 'lung buster'.
Colin soon spotted a single male Dotterel and though a little wary of our presence at first it quickly became quite confiding and we both 'filled our boots' coming away with some really pleasing shots.....






















We spent some further time looking for more birds but on this occasion were out of luck and after a spot of well earned lunch at the car park headed for an afternoon checking nest boxes in a western oak wood on the Breconshire side of the upper Swansea Valley.

Monday, May 06, 2019

Whinchat : Llynfi Valley

I decided to check out Mynydd Bach in Maesteg this morning in an attempt to photograph a local Whinchat and managed to find one male bird which posed quite nicely.
Also present were Linnet, Wheatear, Skylark, Meadow Pipit and Stonechat of which I managed to photograph a recently fledged juvenile...…….

















Sunday, May 05, 2019

'Wood Warbler Time'..........

Although I found two Wood Warblers in Blackmill last weekend I wasn't able to get any quality images due to poor light although the first photo below is from the site.
Yesterday morning I set myself a target of getting some decent photos and a wood in the Goytre Valley between Bryn and Port Talbot where I had success last year didn't disappoint...….