Trip reports

Visit to Ynys-hir

Visit to Ynys-hir
Dovey Estuary from Ynys Feurig hide [Photo: Peter Berrill]

Sunday, 24 April 2016

We were greeted at the Visitor Centre by the staff who advised us of the best locations to visit. The feeders outside the centre hosted siskin, greenfinch, chaffinch and nuthatch.

Exiting the centre we made our way towards the Ynys-hir hide seeing the first pied flycatcher of the day as he visited a nestbox. Further on another target bird, a wood warbler sing well and showing to most of the group.

Lunch was taken at the Breakwater hide overlooking the estuary. From here were seen many shelduck, a skylark sang and a Lapwing displayed overhead. Retracing our steps we skirted the woodland below the Ynys-hir hide encountered more pied flycatchers, in fact we had never seen so many on this reserve previously and still the wood warblers song could be heard. We joined a group of visitors that had gather by a fence just in time to see a beautiful cock redstart within metres of us.

After taking advantage of the centre facilities is was onto the Marian Mawr hide and seeing more pied fly's along the way. Male and female redstart were also encountered before reaching the hide. From a vantage point adjacent to the hide a red kite drifted slowly back and forth over the nearside bank of the Rive Dyfi. On the far bank a couple of redshank and a wheatear were indentified through the heat haze. The haze proved too much for the distant view of the osprey nest on Cors Dyfi Reserve further up the valley.

Peter and Lesley Berrill