Four Walks Birdwatch 25th May 2014 – the challenge

Rhayader by Nature was set a challenge – to find as many bird species as possible in a day within our study area. A date was set and a series of four walks in a variety of habitats were advertised in our events programme. Lists were kept of all bird species seen and/or heard on each walk and of any additional species seen or heard during the intervals between the walks. A grand total of 70 species were encountered during the day, 63 species during the four organised walks.

The lists for each walk are as follows with a list at the end of additional species seen/heard between walks. Bold type identifies those as they were added new to the day’s list.

Walk 1 – a riverside walk along the River Wye at Doldowlod 06.00-08.30 hrs, 39 species :-
mallard, goosander, common sandpiper, stock dove, woodpigeon, cuckoo, swift, green woodpecker, great spotted woodpecker, swallow, house martin, grey wagtail, pied wagtail, dipper, wren, robin, redstart, blackbird, song thrush, mistle thrush, garden warbler, blackcap, wood warbler, chiffchaff, willow warbler, goldcrest, spotted flycatcher, pied flycatcher, coal tit, blue tit, great tit, nuthatch, treecreeper, jay, magpie, carrion crow, raven, chaffinch and goldfinch.

Walk 2 – a moorland walk from the Mountain Rd to Cerrig Gwalch 10.30-13.00 hrs, 13 species :-
red kite, buzzard, kestrel, peregrine, swift, skylark, swallow, meadow pipit, redstart, wheatear, blackbird, carrion crow, raven.

Walk 3 – Elan Valley trail/farmland circuit from Cwmdauddwr 15.00-17.00, 36 species :-
red kite, buzzard, herring gull, woodpigeon, collared dove, swift, swallow, house martin, pied wagtail, wren, dunnock, robin, redstart, blackbird, song thrush, garden warbler, blackcap, willow warbler, goldcrest, long-tailed tit, blue tit, great tit, nuthatch, treecreeper, magpie, jackdaw, rook, carrion crow, starling, house sparrow, chaffinch, greenfinch, goldfinch, siskin, lesser redpoll, reed bunting.

Walk 4 – Caerhyddwen forestry plantation and surrounds 19.30-21.30, 29 species :-
goosander, red kite, sparrowhawk, buzzard, woodpigeon, cuckoo, great spotted woodpecker, tree pipit, wren, robin, blackbird, song thrush, mistle thrush, whitethroat, blackcap, chiffchaff, willow warbler, goldcrest, blue tit, great tit, jay, carrion crow, raven, house sparrow, chaffinch, siskin, lesser redpoll, bullfinch, yellowhammer.

Additional species seen/heard during the intervals between walks, a further 7 species :-
grey heron, greylag goose, mandarin duck, lesser black-backed gull, whinchat, stonechat, grasshopper warbler.

These results provide an interesting record of the bird species one can expect to encounter within our study area at this time of year. The event was much enjoyed by all, despite the intermittent drizzly weather.

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