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Pleased to see young bullfinch with female parent in garden. Had pair of bullfinch present for last 4 years but this is first young I have seen.

The three young great spotted woodpeckers seem to have dispersed (hopefully nothing more sinister) after being ever present. Young green woodpecker(s) daily as are at least two nuthatch. Feeders are busy with tits – up to 5 each of long tailed, great and blue tit and 2 regular coal tit together. Goldcrest and treecreeper showing occasionally but pretty secretive.

The large groups of mistle thrush seem to have moved on with singles seen occasionally as are song thrush.

Up to three buzzard together with single red kite and two raven are regular (likely daily if I spent more time in the garden – thankfully the raven are always vocal). Plenty of jackdaw, carrion crow, magpies and still have a couple of jays present. Suspect sparrowhawk could be daily but I spot one once or twice a week.

Average of around 15 species daily either in or over the garden which climbs into the 20’s if I spend a bit more time observing. Had 26 on 7th August. A bit less rain would be nice.

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24 mistle thrush feeding in field next to garden this evening either side of 8.00pm.  Hadn’t been out to watch the adjacent field for a while due to poor weather but lovely sunny evening tonight at last. Began watching at 7.45 when 2 separate groups of 5 mistle thrush were ground feeding in the field. More and more arrived, all coming from the next fields to the south until by 8.00pm, there were an amazing 24 birds. The behaviour seems common to all of them in sweeping the grassland from south to north, almost in a single flock whilst sub-groups of around 5 birds seem apparent. I will take a look at same time tomorrow.

Also in the same field, 2 spotted flycatchers (amongst trees along boundary fence), single song thrush, blackbird and robin. The field is around 5 acres of rough pasture with marshy areas of reed and grazed by sheep. Seems to have become a hot spot for mistle thrush in an evening.

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Mistle Thrush numbers now at 14, either around the garden or in the field next door. Usually appear early evening and squabble with the resident Magpies.

Lots of action around the feeders with plenty of young across several species. 4 juvenile Great Spotted Woodpeckers with adults. 3 juvenile Nuthatch with adults. Other family groups include Great, Blue, Coal and Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird. Wren have used old swallow nest in garage and had 3 young. Sizeable House Sparrow colony. Wood Pigeon and Collared Dove present with young.

Quieter for birdsong now – Blackcaps quiet but Chiffchaffs still going strong along with Song Thrushes. Haven’t heard Cuckoo in woods below house for a few weeks now.

Pied Wagtail daily and Grey Wagtail regular. Bullfinch pair still present but no sign of any young. Similar with Jays (who have bred the last two years)

Regular raptors over include up to 4 Common Buzzard at a time, Red Kite (usually singular), Sparrowhawk, Kestrel.

Carrion Crow and Jackdaw using garden whilst Raven (usually 2) staying high overhead.

Lockdown has been great to focus on what is immediately outside and better understand the dynamics between species and the timing of everything.

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Cuckoo heard calling for second consecutive evening. Two passing through or one stayer? Distant but clear.

Also heard pheasant from garden for first time in a while. Used to hear lots.

Swift over garden again.  First one this year appeared on 1st May.


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Feeling fortunate to have plenty of birds in or over the garden during this time. First pair of swallows seen over on the 10th but none hanging around yet. Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Garden Warbler have all taken up residency. Other birds over the long weekend – bullfinch (pair), chaffinch, goldfinch, blue tit, great tit, long tailed tit, coal tit, robin, wren, dunnock, house sparrow, blackbird, song thrush, mistle thrush, green woodpecker, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, treecreeper, pied wagtail, grey wagtail, collared dove, woodpigeon, jackdaw, carrion crow, magpie, jay, raven, buzzard, red kite, peregrine, sparrowhawk, herring gull,

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4 red kites circling over the house and surrounding fields today. Whilst red kite is a regular sighting, this is the first time I have seen 4 together in this location. Joined by a raven and several carrion crows.

In the garden today, 2 treecreeper (only had singles before), great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, blackbird, robin, dunnock, blue/great/coal tit, chaffinch, wood pigeon (7), collared dove, magpie, jay, grey wagtail (2), tawny owl calling this evening.

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Nuthatch young appeared in the garden this weekend. Appears to be adult with 2 young. Other species in or over the garden on the weekend – buzzard, red kite, tawny owl, swallow, house martin, swift, raven, carrion crow, jackdaw, magpie, jay, herring gull, wood pigeon, collared dove, robin, blackbird, dunnock, wren, blue tit, great tit, coal tit, chaffinch, bullfinch, goldfinch, chiffchaff, willow warbler, song thrush, great spotted woodpecker, green woodpecker, treecreeper


Cuckoo heard calling in Ogwr Fach valley below Glynogwr around noon today.  Large numbers of Willow Warblers together with Chiffchaff and occasional Blackcap. Swallows and Sand Martin over the river, as were three Mallard. Dipper. Buzzard. Carrion Crow. Woodpigeon. Mipits in bracken on hillside. Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch.

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2 x Raven circling high over the garden Sunday 2nd September. Swallows still with us. Plenty of buzzard activity, up to 3 together. Sparrowhawk, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Herring Gull,  Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock, Nuthatch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Green Woodpecker.

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Fly-over cormorant added new bird to my garden list today. Single Red Kite has been over garden and surrounding fields daily for about a week now. Plenty of young birds, particularly robins, blackbirds and tits. Up to 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker attending feeders at same time. Treecreeper in woodland today.