A bright but overcast morning on arrival at the reservoir almost ideal conditions but for the cool northerly breeze that reminded us it was time to get out the winter gloves and woolly hat.
The water levels high, almost no muddy margins so little chance of waders, but plenty to see on the water and the adjacent hedges and fields.
Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard, Common Teal, Northern Shoveler, Common Pochard, Common Goldeneye, Northern Pintail, Great Crested Grebe,
Black Headed Gull, Common Gull, Great Black-Backed Gull, Grt Cormorant. Grey Heron, Little Egret, Northern Lapwing, Common Snipe, Common Moorhen,
Greylag Goose, Canada Goose.
Meadow Pipit, Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Common Wood Pigeon, Red-Legged Partridge, Common Pheasant, Carrion Crow, Common Magpie, Eurasion Jay, Western Jackdaw, Rook, Common Starling, BlueTit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, European Goldfinch, Common Linnet, Common Stonechat, European Robin, Redwing, Fieldfare, Euro...
My Lovely wife and I took a few days away in the beautiful countryside of Shropshire staying in the Ceiriog Valley to the West of Chirk from May 2nd until 5th, 2017.
Breaking our Journey mid-morning for a coffee in Shrewsbury’s park and gardens in the “Quarry” and to my surprise a number of fellow birders, "I’ll have to check this out" I said and there on an Island in the middle of a small lake a Night Heron. Unfortunately he was just disappearing into the shrubs for a quiet moment to digest his breakfast, so didn’t get any good Pictures but a yearly tic all the same, so not all bad…
After checking into our Hotel we took a walk around the quiet country lanes of Llwynmawr, just single track access with steep stone and soil banks on either side covered in wild flowers, Bee’s and Butterfly’s, the only sound in the late afternoon sunshine of bird calls, Buzzard, Robin, Wren, Chaffinch, Chiff Chaff, Willow Warbler and numerous Corvids.
The Following Day we drive further up into the Mountains...
Sixteen BBC members gathered on our Sunday outing on a beautiful Spring morning, the sun shining with a blue sky and cotton wool clouds, starting in the picnic area listening to the chorus of a dozen different bird songs. A real treat for this birder was the reeling song of Grasshopper Warbler, what a way to start the day.
We spent time on the boardwalk looking over the pond and feeding station, together with the usual suspects in that area good views of the nesting Heron’s and Little Egrets in a large Oak.
Continuing on (past a number of Cockerel and Hens from the farm scratching around the footpath for titbits looking splendid in an array of colours) listening to singing Goldcrest, Blackcap, Robin & Wren, good numbers of Chiffchaff & Willow Warbler from the woodland path.
At this time of year were looking for our summer migrants returning, and after a early start to the season with the warm March weather the recent cold Northerly winds seem to have slowed the expected numbers, so we...