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April 2015

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Anglesey's hidden jewel in the crown .....

Anglesey's hidden jewel in the crown .....

It didn't look promising, what with the damp weather and the walk starting off from a council car park .... but how wrong could we be! Almost immediately we came across Chiffchaff singing and a lovely Grey Wagtail showed well on the river. The trees along the valley sides gave excellent views of Red Squirrel, Nuthatch, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffcahff and Great Spotted Woodpecker. Overhead a Raven got chased by some Buzzards ... or was it Buzzards being chased by a Raven ! The wooded valley gave way to scrub and reeds and with it the sound of Sedge Warbler, more Blackcap, Whitethroat and a Willow Warbler with a white feather in it's bill - the first of several birds seen with feathers in their bills. At the dam we discovered a feeding Common Sandpiper and yet another Grey Wagtail and on the reservoir itself Little and Great crested Grebe, Gadwall, Pochard and Tufted Duck. Bird of the day goes to a Ring Ouzel brilliantly found by Hugh Stewart high up in a field close to where we stopped for lunch. The varied habitat of the walk provided an excellent opportunity of seeing a multitude of birds and even in the rain, it was a wonderful place to go birding.