Naturelog: 4th June

Day 4 of my trip to West Wales began at Ynys-hyr RSPB reserve where we were looking for Wood Warbler. In an area which earlier in the summer had held 5 singing males, we drew a blank. Near the visitors centre, we located a Pied Flycatcher nest and watched as the male and the female brought food back to the nest.

Pied Flycatcher (m). Photo by Andy Morffew (

Moving onto Cwm Clettwr, another woodland reserve we finally located a Wood Warbler, which gave a magnificent display of singing and of the fluttering butterfly-like flight as it returned to its nest in the undergrowth – something none of us had seen before.

Cwm Clettwr
Wood warbler. Photo by Hana Knutsson (








Our next stop was Nant Yrarian, where the local Red Kites are fed. This has two purposes – one to supplement the natural food available in times of shortage and thus maintain a healthy population and secondly as a way of introducing the public to the wildlife around then. It is quite a spectacle and we estimated that at feeding time there were about 150-200 present.

Red Kites over feeding Station
Red Kite
Red Kite
Red Kite


Our final stop of the day was the area around the Rheidol Power Station. Here we found Dipper, Grey Wagtail and Common Sandpiper – all birds associated with upland river and streams.

River Rheidol from Rheidol Power Station.
Waterfalls on River Rheidol above Power Station









Common Pheasant [sp] (Phasianus colchicus)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Red Kite [sp] (Milvus milvus)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Cuckoo [sp] (Cuculus canorus)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix)
Eurasian Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Eurasian Wren [sp] (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Song Thrush [sp] (Turdus philomelos)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
European Pied Flycatcher [sp] (Ficedula hypoleuca)
White-throated Dipper [sp] (Cinclus cinclus)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla alba)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Common Redpoll [sp] (Carduelis flammea)
Common Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

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