Red Kites now fly over the woods and fields at Old Oak Barn

Red Kites now fly over the woods and fields at Old Oak Barn nr St Clears in Carmarthenshire!

Bird Life at Old Oak Barn

We have an extraordinary number of wild birds at Cwmpalis both in the woods, on our natural bog, on the pond and two streams and in the open fields!

A few years ago we had a professional bird count done over two days March 31st and April 1st.  During that night 3 chiff chaff arrived from the south being migratory birds and were included in the count. Swallows, House Martins and warblers were yet to arrive. The following is a list of what was spotted. We feel very fortunate to be able to see and hear many of these birds ourselves and many visitors to Old Oak Barn adore watching them too. We can put extra feeder out near the barn if you want to photo them closer up. The noisiest time to come and stay is probably March through to end of April! It can be very loud sometimes and also very early starting at around 4.30 a.m some mornings!

The list includes:-

Wren                                      Blackbird                                           Robin

Bue Tit                                   Chiff Chaff                                        Song Thrush

Wood Pigeon                        Great Tit                                            Chaffinch

Dunnock                                Nut Hatch                                         Raven

Black Cap                              Jay                                                       Pied Wagtail

Goldcrest                              Woodcock                                           Coal Tit

Greenfinch                           Greater Spotted Woodpecker         Buzzard

Magpie                                  Pheasant                                             Goldfinch

Mistle Thrush                      Herring Gull                                      Marsh Tit

Red Kite                                Redwing                                             Moorhen

Field Fare                              Long Tailed Tit                                 Tree Creeper

Bull Finch                              Willow Warbler                               House Sparrow

Canada Geese                       Jackdaw                                             Feral Pigeon

Lesser Black Back Gull       Grey Heron                                       Black Headed Gull

Sparrow Hawk                      Mallard                                              Greylag Goose


In addition we were asked to look out for :-

Curlew, Whimbrell, Swallow, House Martin, Tree Pipit, Redstart, Grasshopper Warbler, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Wood Warbler, Spotted flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Siskin, Linnet and Yellow Wagtail.  Most of these we have heard or seen.


We generally have about 10 breeding pairs of swallows                                                       Swallow at Old Oak BArn

at the farm and every year between 30 and 50 fledge

many of which come back every year. In 2014 we had

House Martins once again after a lapse of nearly 10 years.



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