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May 2011

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Male redstart perched on branch

Ynys-Hir, a place of beauty and tranquillity.

Although the weather never really co-operated, with high winds and the ever present threat of rain, the trip to Ynys-Hir proved an instant success. The reserve is a strange mix of river estuary, wet lowland, reed beds and hill sides covered in mature trees. Not surprising then that we saw a wide variety of birds. Chaffinch, Blue & Great Tits seemed to be everywhere. Siskin fed at the feeding station just outside the visitors centre. The Staff there were very welcoming and knowledgeable. In the wooded areas we came across Pied Flycatcher and Redstart - both readily using the nest boxes put up providing us with excellent views of these birds. We also found a Spotted Flycatcher feeding just off one of the paths - completing our sightings of british flycatchers! Initially Wood Warblers proved elusive but we did eventually find a very obliging bird near the car park that allowed excellent close views - probably the best views of Wood Warbler any of us have had ! The usual wood land birds such as Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Treecreeper made several appearances as we wandered around the reserve. A Common Sandpiper made a brief appearance at one of the pools and a Curlew feeding on the estuary grass caused a stir of excitement until it was identified. The odd Little Egret floated past with its lazy wing beats along the estuary. Buzzards fly around despite the cool temperatures and high wind. A lovely Red Kite made an appearance flying over the reserve to be mobbed by crows and the odd Lapwing. Sadly, no sign of the lovely Kate Humble but Spring Watch will come from this lovely reserve shortly. Just a few miles down the road we found nesting Osprey and from the hide observing the nest site we came across Siskin and Redpoll on the feeder. Ok, so it was a 2 hour drive down there but all agreed it was time well spent - perhaps next time the weather will co-operate?