Lots of birds pouring into the country at the moment and some have reached Rhayader! A Whooper Swan flew down the Wye last week – probably came off Llyn Gwyn before heading on south. Fieldfare numbers have built up with a flock of 400 last week at the end of the tarmac at Gamrhiw and several smaller groups heading south down the Wye. Redwing numbers have so far been low with small groups including 3 that stopped off at Llanwrthwl churchyard to feed on the excellent crop of yew berries. Last week also saw the first Bramblings of the year at Caerhyddwen woods, Nantglas. These were associating with a flock of 150 siskins, some or all of which may also have been migrants. The Ring Ouzels of early in the month disappeared quickly, as did the Ash berries they were feeding on. This species is usually seen at the end of October around here so perhaps we will be in for a second wave. No sign of any Black Redstarts yet – but we are now entering peak time for these – so check out the roof! It also looks like being a waxwing year this year with a recent influx into Britain. Meanwhile, whilst busy waiting for winter visitors to appear, I saw a very late swallow on lines near Dolifor, Elan valley on saturday!
Birds on the move