Bird Survey May 2019
During the middle of May we were fortunate enough to have a very knowledgeable bird expert staying who very enthusiastically agreed to record all the different birds here at Old Oak Barn.
This is what she saw and heard!
Carrion Crow, Rook, Raven, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Blackbird, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Wren, Robin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Lag Goose, Swift, Swallow, House Martin, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Spotted Flycatcher, Bluetit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Longtailed Tit, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Feral Pigeon, Stock Dove, Red Kite, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Skylark, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Tawny Owl, Lesser Black-Backed Gull, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler. Total 46
We were thrilled to know she spotted 3 pairs of Spotted Flycatchers one of which was very close to the barn. Lots of Longtailed tits recorded in particular. Also the Garden warblers and Chiff Chaffs were very vocal. The swallows and house martins have been rather late arriving this year but now as I write are settling down to nest. House sparrows are very plentiful this year. The mixed corn in the chicken run must be attracting them! Several of the bird boxes have blue tits nesting. So far this season we have seen good numbers of fledgling Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Pied Wagtails, Robins, Blackbirds and Goldfinches in particular. Two pigeons in the top shed have also been reared successfully.
This compares well with the Bird Survey we had done in 2015 which was slightly earlier in the year at the beginning of April. On that occasion 45 different species were recorded.
Bird Watching Carmarthenshire
If you are a bird lover then come and stay at Old Oak Barn which is a paradise for those who want to go bird watching in Carmarthenshire.
We have so many different breeds who visit the valley – some stay all year like the wagtails and some just appear for a few months like the chiff chaff, house martin and swallow in the summer. Some like field fare pass through on their way north or south! Whatever time you are here there is always something to watch and listen out for. Our formal bird count identified nearly 50 different species – taken on 31 March and 1 April a few years ago.
Some of our favourites who reside here most of the year include the following:-
Several places within an hour or so offer guided bird watching walks at certain times of the year. For example Dinefwr Castle which is owned by the Wildlife Trust and managed by Cadw organises several events which enable beginners to identify birdsong and to recognise different birds seen during the walks. Phone 01558824512 for the next bird watching walk or dawn chorus morning walk as it is sometimes called. Or you could pop down to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust site near Llanelli for the Dawn Chorus Walk which starts at 6.00 a.m. I am planning to give this a go!