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