Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Following the trail of.......

Spring watch. I followed in the footsteps of Simon King and visited Lake Vyrnwy in the foothills of the Berwyn mountains. It goes without saying it was beautiful. I spent a small fortune in the RSPB shop and then set about covering some of the ground on foot, with my trusty little terrier in tow.

We walked around the sculpture park after a breakfast of bacon and sausage sarnie. Then on the advice of the lady in the shop we drove over to the car park at Rhiwargor. Another, longer and more challenging walk in the heat, took us to the Rhiwargor falls. Particularly pretty and worth the effort. A heron was disturbed whilst walking along the side of the small brook/ river.

Back at the carpark just as the light was fading and the sky was about to open we managed a few photos of this little chap.

He was flitting back and to between a wooden sculpture and the trees.

These are my first proper shots of the Redstart this year so I'm reasonably pleased.

From Lake Vyrnwy I went west. I went to Trawsfynydd Lake and spent the night in a layby. I had paused for tea on the side of Llyn Celyn and heard my first welsh cuckoo of the year.

In the morning I went to Portmadog on the coast. I visited the River Glaslyn Osprey project on the river near Prenteg. The RSPB have set up a great watching station with live satellite coverage from the nest. There are three chicks which are pretty close to fledging.

They also have a hide on the river from which, using scopes provided, you can just see the nest. Lots of other stuff also use the river infront of the hide including a pair of Merganser, and a pair of swallows have nested in the roof of the hide.

From there I headed north to Anglesey. It is my intention to visit another Springwatch site, South stack. I will update you asap.

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