26 June 2001
Nuthatch on beech tree in woods. Approx 8 swifts high above the
farmyard. Swallows around cottage - nest in farmhouse and farm buildings.
Richard & Nikki
29 June 2001
Walked onto open mountain behind the farm. Single skylark, a pair
of stonechats, several meadow pipits and a meadow pipit feeding
a cuckoo on a fence!
03 July 2001
Lots of bats flying around the cottage & one crawled up under
the slates of Bwthyn Y Saer, outside the twin room on farm drive.
Looked like a Pipistrelle.
05 July 2001
Chiffchaff singing, female blackcap in woods near pond, kesterl
& buzzard on mountain behind farm.
08 July 2001
Pair of red kites over farmyard.
The Bowen family
11 July 2001
Goldcrest, dunnock, treecreeper in Christmas tree plantation behind
Sue & Ian
30 July 2001
Wheatear at top of farm at foot of mountain.
31 July 2001
Twenty to thirty house martins flying
over the paddock in from of the cottages.
02 August 2001
Green Woodpecker screeching in beech tree alongside cottage at 6am!
08 August 2001
Tawny Owl sitting in beech tree at 9pm
11-25 August 2001
Nuthatches, Coal Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Robins all feeding
off the holiday cottage wall. Long-tailed tits on the river bank.
16-28 June 2002
Wagtail feeding young on roof. Chaffinch, blue tits, blackbirds,
dunnock, female robin, swallows, flying bats, magpie on window sill.
Rare white/black bird with 4 legs eating bird bread
on wall! Young chaffinch, Jay (flying), buzzard (flying), goldfinch,
yellow hammer. The wall is an ideal height to view feeding birds
(& photograph) Seeing the young birds feeding has been a joy.
The goldfinches were collecting plant material presumably to build
27 March - 3 April 2004
Nice selection of birds seen throughout the week. Around farm and
in woods behind: Nuthatches, chaffinches, chiffchaff, song thrush,
magpies, greenfinch, lond-tailed tits, pheasant, robin, goldfinches,
coal tits, blue tits, pied wagtails, blackbirds, wren, mistle thrush,
dunnock, jackdaws. Also seen in upper fields: Snow bunting (turned
out to be an albino meadow pipit!), Reed bunting, bullfinches, buzzards,
stonechats, skylarks, meadow pipits, goldcrests, crows, grey wagtails.
Treecreepers seen in trees by the road.
Roger & Ann, Fleet.
1-7 May 2004
Nuthatches, Coal Tits, Blue Tits, Great Tits at the bird table -
also robin, magpies, jackdaws and crows on the wall.
22-29 May 2004
Birds seen/heard on walks around the farm: Bullfinch, Glodcrest,
Treecreeper, Spotted Flycatcher, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Chaffinch,
Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Robin, Carrion Crow,
Green Woodpecker, Wren , Great Tit, Jay, Magpie, Swallow, Goldfinch,
Dunnock, Greenfinch, Pheasant, Mistle Thrush, Buzzard, Greater Spotted
Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tit, Blackcap, Woodpigeon, Nuthatch, Raven,
Pied Wagtail, Collared Dove, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Starling, Skylark,
Meadow Pipit, Stonechat, Reed Bunting, Linnet.
Plus hude variety of wild flowers including: Ragged Robin, Bluebells,
Campion and Cuckoo Flower. Also Pipistrelle Bat, Squirrel, Fox,
Vole (possibly bank), small white butterfly, green veined white
butterfly, speckled wood butterfly.
Missed much - reported tawny owl - something to look forward to
on next visit!
P.S. Special highlights
- saw the "snow-bunting" just beyond upper boundary fence
at crossing point. He did his parachuting display flight several
times, thus confirming his I.D. as a pipit.
- watched a Greater Spotted Woodpecker feeding young at a nest close
to Cilybebyll Church. Youngsters very noisy!
- saw a swallow flying in and out of large concrete farm buildings
- watched a pair of bullfinches feeding on the drive outside lounge
- FINALLY heard the tawny owl hooting (loudly outside cottage at
3am wonderful. So total 42!
31 July 2004 - 6 August 2004
Around the cottage - Robins, Sparrows, Magpies, Nuthatch, Swallows,
Wrens, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Heard Woodpecker, Crows, Squirrels,
Buzzard, Heard Tawny Owl (and possibly Little Owl). On the farm
trail - Wood Warbler, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Swifts,
House Martins, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Pheasant (almost stepped
on!) Variety of fungi in woods plus Speckled Wood Butterflies and
Yellow Brimstone Moth.
Beryl, Deanna and Jake Davis
P.S. Thoroughly enjoyed watching Pipistrelles emerging each evening
from the eaves above the front of the twin-bedded room. Jake thoroughly
enjoyed the comings and goings of the sheep!!
31 Oct - 7 Nov 2004
Saw most of the birds mentioned in earlier pages around the cottage
and on dog walks - including what we thought was a red kite. A pair
of beautiful magpies came each morning for bread we put on the wall
- never seen a bird pack so much into its beak in one go without
dropping any before flying away.
Jean and John Evans
P.S. Owl hoots every morning outside the cottage between 3-4 am
13-20 Nov 2004
Birds seen around Plas Farm and up plantation. Buzzards - lot in
upper fields and in field opposite cottage. Ravens - 2 pairs in
field opposite Bwthyn y Saer - fantasic to watch and hear - highlight
of the week. Robins, wrens, pheasants - came up to cottage gate!!,
crows, jackdaws, blue tits, willow tits, long-tailed tits, coal
tits, great tits, bullfinches (m & f), chaffinches, pied wagtails,
grey wagtail - flew up stream, magpies, blackbirds, mistle thrush,
hedge sparrows, wood pigeon, nuthatches (beech trees), starlings.
Rabbits, squirrels, bats (fantastic to watch), heard the owl late
one evening. Fantastic birwatching this week - highlights for us
were Ravens & Buzzards each day!
13 -19 March 2005
We put bread, cooked rice and chopped up bacon rind on the wall
in front of the cottage each morning. Regular visitors were: robin,
blue tits, blackbirds, hedge sparrows, house sparrows, greenfinches,
magpies (still stuffing their beaks after feeding and flying off
across the field), nuthatch, great tits, pied wagtails, rooks. Lovely
bird song - especially on sunny mornings. Robins were collecting
best material - saw a number of very aggressive fights between robins.
Saw twin lambs born in the rain late Thursday afternoon - just the
other side of the field gate. The sheepdog ate all the bread we
had put out one morning. Many squirrels chasing each other up and
down the trees and eating food we had put out for the birds.
5 May 2005
Walked from farm to the summit of the mountain and saw nuthatch
in woods, wheatear at Blaenant, swallow in farmyard, red kite on
mountain - very close to us abd a small bird at summit that may
have been a willow tit- not sure yet but will return to find out.
26 June 2005
On the wall in the morning - robin, tits of various hues, nuthatch
(doing a swift visit) and of course grey squirrels.
29 July 2005
Left nuts on wall outside cottage. Saw blue tits, magpies and also
squirrels. Heard lots of birds and something between 3am and 5am.
Not sure if it was bats of an owl.
Tony, Karen, Jen and Hannah
12 August 2005
Thought heard woodpecker. Saw lots of birds - inspired us to buy
a book to swat up for next visit.
24 - 30 September 2005
Hung peanuts. Put out bird seed on the wall. Walked through woodland.
Robin, great tit, blue tit, chaffinch, dunnock (hedgesparrows),
nuthatch, coal tit, wren, blackbird, magpie, crow, jackdaw, woodpigeons,
song thrush, swallow, grey wagtail. A great are for birds. Not many
summer migrants about. Have not seen a house sparrow at all!
26 June 2006
6pm. A pair of dippers spotted on the river. Managed to get a photo
but it was some distance away. Also seen in the river some brown
Brian & Susan Gray
1-8 July 2006
Green woodpecker, nuthatch, robin, wren, magpie, blackbird, greenfinch,
rook, crow, sparrow, chaffinch, woodpigeon.
Jenny & Bob Badger
28-29 April 2007
Wheatear on fence post at top of farm. Orange-tip butterfly flying
around the holiday cottage. Saw two lizards sunning themselves on
some dry grass in the rush pasture behind the cottages.
17 May 2007
Male blackcap landed very close to the path that goes through the