Saturday, 30 November 2013

Llangynwyd today.

                                    Dipper singing
                                    Pied wagtail, 60 on the sewage beds.
                                    Grey wagtail
                                   Great spotted woodpecker.

Nantyffyllon moth light last night.

                                    Winter moth
                                   December moth.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Parc slip.

                               Mottled umber
                               December moth
                              Feathered thorn.
                              Also 2 Winter moth, 2 Water rail and 3 Jay.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Top Llan.

                                   Llangynwyd village
                                   Female Crossbill
                                            Bodvoc stone.

Friday, 22 November 2013


                                    ...and frosty

                                   and no birds.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Parc slip

                                  Reed bunting
                                  Guelder rose berries.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Llangynwyd bird feeders.

                                  Just put these up for the winter
                                  Coal tit
                                   Blue tit

Monday, 18 November 2013

Rare Fly has been confirmed as atylotus fulvus

The rare fly i reported earlier as a (atylotus rusticus) as now been confirmed by Sewbrec that it is infact (atylotus fulvus), and not rusticus as i first thought. The rusticus would have a dark femora where as this photo clearly shows that it is an orange like colour, it is the only species of this genus that would be expected to be seen in south wales area though still rare and a very good record they have been recorded nearby in crymlyn burrows in past years on one or two occasions. The only other species of this genus that might be recorded in wales is the (atylotus plebeius) that might creep into the northern parts of wales.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Llangynwyd and Parc slip.

                              Buzzard, Llangynwyd
                              Blue tit and Nuthatch, Parc slip.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Vagrant emperor.

                                The two shots Craig Furlong got of this rare visitor
                                from Europe yesterday at Nantyffyllon.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Rare Fly (atylotus rusticus)? waiting for confirmation probable atylotus fulvus

In July i photographed this strange looking fly that was sunning in next doors garden, my first thoughts was a hover fly species, but after failing to find a hover fly species that looked like this, i turned my attention to a bee species but still after extensive search could not find anything, so i just left it go unidentified until i came across it again while sorting through my photo's, i placed the photo on face book to see if anyone could identify it, and Geri Foster Thomas did manage to identify it as a member of the tabanidae or horsefly as we know it. It's one of a group of very similar species known as the atylotus group otherwise known as the golden horsefly group. The group of 4 species are all rare. The only species that is known to be recorded in wales is the actual golden horsefly (atylotus fulvus) which has been recorded from near the south wales coast but also flushed from 300m up in the welsh mountains. Geri Thomas as advised me to get the record into SEWBREC as soon as possible which i have done, i'm waiting for a reply from SEWBREC to confirm this and hopefully have a bit more  info on this species.


Walk around the valley

Lap around the valley this morn few meadow pipits on the way to cemetery redwings, song and mistle thrushes, blackbirds and usual tits in the cemetery.  no ring ouzil up at cwrt y mwnws but a welcome goshawk excellent veiws aswell.. not a great deal but a very enjoyable day good weather aswell speices seen... meadow pipit, redwings, thrushes, goldfinch,bullfinch,pied wagtail and the usual species of tits robins etc.. goshawk and kestrel excellent views and some nice pictures good day


Cwrt y mwnws waterfall

                                                    another by cwrt y mwnws waterfall

                                                   Goldfinches feeding on thistle

Vagrant emperor

A very startled kestrel

Pied Wagtail

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Newport wetlands today via forest ganol and bodvic stone yesterday

Myself and Iain Lambert went to newport wetlands to see the penduline tit, but unfortunately there was no sign between 8.30 and 11am, so we decided to have a walk around the reserve birds of note were blackcap (1m), chiffchaff 1, gadwall 4, mant stonechats and reed bunting, cetti's, Heron, redwing 3, lots of pigeon movement over, greenfinch, goldfinch and usual tits on the feeders.
 1 of 2 common darter on the wing


 Reed Bunting

Not a lot to report from forest ganol

Moth sp for Paul to id please

Bodvic stone yesterday
Pigeon over 132-34-23, great spotted woodpecker 2, snipe 7, meadow pipit 12
 Great spotted Woodpecker
 Meadow pipit
fungi sp