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March 2014

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Field trip to Llandegla Forest

Field trip to Llandegla Forest

Arriving early at the Centre in Llandegla Forest we were soon amongst the tall pine trees making our way to the Black Grouse hide. Unfortunately this time no Crossbills to keep us entertained on the walk but the forest was vibrating to the sound of many Chaffinch, Song Thrush, Robin, Tits and wren singing in the cool spring air. In the clearings, lots of Meadow Pipit and Skylark took to the sky to sing their hearts out ! As we approached the hide we could hear the strange bubbling call of the Black Grouse. The mist was low and quite heavy making sight of these obvious birds very difficult. At last we noticed 3 males displaying high on one of the ridges - the black and white plumage showing up well in the mist against the heather. As the mist cleared for a short spell there was obvious activity with up to 6 males flying around and displaying. Never close enough to get fantastic views we still nevertheless saw sufficient details to satisfy ourselves. All the while good numbers of Meadow Pipit and Skylark did display flights all around us. The mist never fully cleared and we returned to the centre picking up Siskin on the way back. After a lovely breakfast we set off for Worlds End and although we never found the Great Grey Shrike that has been wintering here we did find 2 Red Grouse and several Raven to round off an excellent mornings birding. Our thanks go to Ian Owen and the staff at One Planet Adventure for allowing us early entry to the forest and for their wonderful hospitality.