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March 2016

Saturday, 12 March 2016

No show !

No show !

The light rain on the way to Aber did not bode well for seeing Goshawk, who like warm sunny mornings to encourage them to start displaying. So even with the raining stopping, there just weren't enough thermals to encourage them out ! Even the Buzzards, which usually loaf around in the thermals with amazing ease, moved across the valley quickly searching for that elusive thermal. A Peregrine and then a large female Sparrowhawk moving across the valley momentarily caused our pulses to quicken but sadly no sign of our target bird. The only other bird of note were Ravens, with a few birds frolicking above the tree line. We were too early in the spring for the woodland migrants that breed here later in the year but we were entertained by the antics of Blue and Great Tits as they hunted for food in the, currently, bare trees. No sign of dippers or Grey Wagtail on the river so we decided to move down to the coast for the high tide. At Llanfairfechan we saw several Red Throated Diver, Red Breasted Merganser and around 7 Great Crested Grebe (some in winter and others in summer plumage) float in with the tide. Far out about 20 Common Scoter were disturbed by a speed boat passing by and just before we left a pair of Eider flew in and landed close to the shore, giving wonderful views of this lovely sea duck. A pair of dipper fed on the river between the road bridge and the sea - giving excellent views of this often difficult bird to see. Back for the rugby game - what a day !