Its been some time since I've updated the blog so I will just run through a few of the birds that have caught my eye. Recently travelled to Wales to visit my brother and his lovely wife Lucille who is unwell at the present time also visited my sister Valerie and her husband Keith , they own a caravan park high in the hills above Lampeter that has a great variety of birdlife with loads of fairly confiding Jays and Nuthatch my niece Karen lives with Val and kindly sends me riddles to solve and then a little later sends me the answers thanks for the most recent correspondence Karen although unfortunately it cost me £1.19p in underpaid postage. Dined at the Indian Restaurant The Shapla in Lampeter and I rate this the best Indian in the uk - delicious.
I guess Common Snipe have been one of the birds I've seen surprisingly often and in a variety of locations, still seeing Fieldfare and Redwing at a few sites and recently Greenfinch are putting in a welcome appearance thankfully without that awful disfiguring disease, Reed Bunting and Goldfinch are everywhere and in good numbers. A trip to pit 60 gave views of a large flock of Wigeon and just about all the open water sites I have visited have had good numbers of Tufted, Pochard, Mallard and Wigeon. The woodland and open countryside I travel have given me a flyover Sandpiper, Redpoll, Green Woodpecker, wren (goodness knows how they have survived this terrible weather) Red Kite, Buzzard and lots of Kestrels have been noted. A local Keeper texted me to tell me about a Common Buzzard he watched carrying a Barn Owl in its talons , he didn't know if the Buzzard had killed it or was merely doing what they do quite well ie clearing up carrion , I suggested that since the majority of the Vole population has been drowned by the almost incessant rain the Barn Owl was probably dead like so many of its kin due to starvation you only have to look out at any time of day to see starving Barn Owls hunting.