The Ospreys of Cors Dyfi
The latest of our Natural Mid Wales Discovery Days took seventeen of us to a small but perfect wetland a few miles outside Machynlleth, and home to a breeding pair of Ospreys – Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve.
We arrived late Tuesday morning to be met by Pip, our guide for the day. A short briefing about the history of the reserve and then we were through the door and into the reception area looking at live footage of the Ospreys on their nest. Monty, the male and his mate Glesni currently have three chicks. There they were large as life on the screens in the little reception area.
They were actually 500 yards further into the reserve and we were soon on the way to see them.
Pip led us along the boardwalk towards the observatory. On the way we spotted lots of common lizards basking on the sides of the boardwalks, some without their tails. Pip pointed out the abundance of bog myrtle all around us. She offered us each a leaf, ‘smell don’t eat’, she cautioned us, reminding us of its hallucinogenic properties. We took her advice. So we didn’t taste it. All around us the wetland is home to otters, and many birds – nightjars, reed warblers, sedge warblers, and lots more. We could hear them but they stayed hidden.
Not so hidden were the two water buffaloes. They stared as us as we stared at them, from a safe distance mind.
Finally we reached the observatory itself is a marvel of engineering. Pip revealed to us that the largest piece of equipment used in the building of it was a quadbike.
From there we watched the two adults and their three chicks, both in the flesh and on the screen. There were plenty of guides to answer our many questions. As we stood in the viewing room, we were treated to the sight of Monty returning from a successful fishing expedition with a decent size trout in his beak. He landed on a pole a short distance from the nest and proceeded to gorge himself on this lunchtime treat. His mate Glesni, and the three chicks looked on. What you call a pecking order perhaps.
All agreed it was a fabulous trip. If you haven’t been, then go while the Ospreys are still there. That means get there before September before they head off to Africa for the winter.
Our next outing will be in early August. Come with us as we go beaver watching near Carmarthen. Keep an eye out for more details. Don’t miss it.
National Dawn Chorus Day 2017
On Sunday May 7th members of Natural Mid Wales joined in celebrating National Dawn Chorus Day at the Radnorshire Wildlife Trust’s Gilfach Nature Reserve near Rhayader. The event was organised by the local natural history society “Rhayader by Nature” with leaders Richard Knight and Steve Jones.
A dozen keen people turned out for the 5.30 a.m. Dawn Chorus walk to listen for and learn about the identification of bird songs and calls, returning to the Reserve Centre for hot drinks and croissants.
Among those seen and heard were the special Welsh woodland birds: pied flycatchers, redstarts and wood warblers. Also tree pipits, willow warblers, black cap, garden warbler and white throat and two or three cuckoos were both heard and seen. All these species are summer visitors from Africa that come to nest and rear their young in this country before returning to warmer climes for the winter.
Resident birds joining in the dawn chorus included song thrush, blackbird, wren and robin while later in the day people were treated to views of redpoll, tree creeper and goldfinch and down on the river a dipper and a goosander were spotted.
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Identifying trees at Gilfach- Feb 19 2014