Monday, 11 December 2017


Water pipit this morning found by rangers (ME), using traditional foraging area along spillway. A470 was ok but road dropping to dam was iffy, also quite a few dropped small limbs with snow weighted roadside scrub forming low 'tunnel' for the length of back road. If you are visiting Garw nant, at the moment its park at entrance and walk in.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Group Photo from Costa Rica

Boat trip to Paolo Verde with Olivier our guide.

Please note I am on a boat, I do not have my head over the side being sick and I have not turned green.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Upper Boat

Can't compete with the Fun boy three but a half hour walk along the Taff produced two pairs of Dipper,Heron,six Goosander (4m 2f) and half a dozen Mistle Thrushes.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Sunday Stroll

Last Sunday I did another Search for a Great Grey Shrike in between Fernhill and Coed Cae Aberaman but sadly nice walk and no shrike. I did see a couple of flocks of Common Crossbills and a cracking female Goshawk having a brush off with a Raven, one I have seen loads of times but still a great pleasure to see.

I also found some Crystal Brain Fungus in the forest. I have not seen it in forestry before always on open moorland, it looks like something off the set of alien movies. It was nice to see less motorbikes and more people running and mountain biking. I also find more and more you walk a path and get to a point where the path runs out because its so over grown now.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Mike Hogan looking slick

Mike and his dream woman taken in Costa Rica. Mike even slept with her every night !!!!!

Sunday, 26 November 2017


Goldfinch with Trichomonosis symptoms below garden feeders yesterday. I've removed all feeders, cleansed with bleach solution and scrubbed all ground below with an even stronger bleach solution. It's the first time I've noticed Trichomonosis in garden so I'm wondering if I should stop feeding for a week or two or will this just encourage birds to move to feeders where less/no hygiene regime is practiced. What do you reckon?

Friday, 24 November 2017

A Few More from Costa Rica

Great Curassow

Pale Billed Woodpecker

White Hawk

Elegant Trogon

Crested Caracara

Off the hotel beach

American Crocodile

Boat Billed Heron

Yellow Crowned Night Heron. I've never seen this pose before.

Variegated Squirrel

Purple Gallinule

Cattle Egrets

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Quiet walk

When I was waiting for Phil to pick me up from the top of my road on Sunday morning it was a nice surprise to see such a brilliant sunrise.
We did our yearly search for Great Grey Shrike at Garwnant doing a big loop of the forestry but it was dead and all we saw was a single Red Kite and two groups Common Crossbills  (8 in all). We both commented that the speed the trees are growing it will not be suitable for Shrikes for much longer and it's time we should start looking elsewhere. We also checked the path going up to the open moorland and I did a spot  of break dancing and I think Phil was gutted he did not get it on camera  and  it's  still nice to see I have got the moves. I also noticed that the wall which is normally covered in Matchstick Lichen was hardly covered, maybe a sign of too much rain or lack of of light from the forest. Next up we went for a quick look at Rhaslas pond and it was nice to see good section of wildfowl. We saw 28 Wigeon, 8 Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard, 4  female type Goldeneye, 1 drake Goosander, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorants, 25 Canada Geese and about 150 Herring gulls.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Little more Costa Rica

It was great to see some of these Blue Jean or Strawberry Poison Arrow Frogs and we found these Cane Toads in the Hotel Grounds at night.

I would hate to get run over by one off these bad boys or is it girl and these tracks were made by a Leather backed Turtle.

Also at night we were out looking for turtles and we found loads of these crabs on the beach and boy were they fast moving.

 I been trying to find out which Sheild Bug or Stink Bug
 White Throated Magpie Jay.
 This one I wanted to see big time a Boat Billed Heron.
 Green Iguana
Our local legend Mike giving a interview for a Costa Rica Reporter, what a guy and if you look at the floor you can just see the burn marks where me and Mr Hill ran like the wind.

Late Webs

I did my Webs at Tir Founder Fields this morning, it was very quiet bird wise but the best highlight was a young Otter. I watched it feeding for about ten minutes in the rain and was my first for a couple of years.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Costa Rica My First Batch of Photos

Bare Throated Tiger Heron

Roseate Spoonbill

Scarlet Macaw


Yellow Naped Parrot

Brown Pelican

Great Kissadee

Inca Dove

Hoffmann's Woodpecker

White Fronted Parrot

Black Howler Monkey

Double Striped Thick Knee

Friday, 17 November 2017

Costa Rica 2017

Crazy holiday, all inclusive and all in bed before 20:00 hours, though up by 03:00 and on parade by 04:30. Just a few from the trip: Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Snowcap, Black-crested Coquette female and a Laughing Falcon.