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March 2012

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Aber - Mama Mia !

Aber - Mama Mia !

Those of the group who took the chance that the weather would be right and the birds game, set off to Aber valley looking for displaying Goshawks .... by no means a given .... and proved that in life a chance is sometimes worth taking. On arrival there wasn't a cloud in the sky and the sun was creeping over the hill tops to warm the valley air. Surprisingly no Dipper on the river .... a bad miss for a bird usually easily spotted. Small consolation came with a Raven flying up the valley calling as it went. As the heat of the morning increased the thermals built and 2 Buzzards lazily rose into the air and rode the thermals. Almost immediately after came 2 Red Kite, wheeling around in the thermals providing us with great views of this most beautiful bird of prey. Time marched on and save for a Grey Wagtail and 3 Siskin flying over we looked to be having a major 'dip' on our hands. However, just as our heads began to drop (and our guide for the day become the laughing stock of the group), a large raptor glided across the valley head. All eyes watched this bird with keen interest .... and then the yell went up, Goshawk ! The bird provided distant but fair views before drifting off behind a crag. Eager to get better views, some walked up towards Aber Falls and whilst they unfortunately didn't see the Goshawk again they were rewarded by finding a male Ring Ouzel singing on the scree above the falls. On the way back to the car park we had further views of a Red Kite and encountered a Great Spotted Woodpecker and singing Chiffchaff. We were all tired by the walk up the valley (some further than others!) but all agreed it had been worth the effort.