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Saturday, 16 April 2016

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Woodland trip ... Part 1

Once the confusion over which Coed Hafod we were going to, the journey there proved uneventful! As we disembarked from the cars a Raven flew over calling. A Blackcap was heard singing in the wood close to the car park. The climb up through the wood was steeper and longer than anticipated but in the sunny but cold weather the Chiffchaff, Willow Warblers, Nuthatch and tits were all singing. The views to the snow covered Welsh mountains were spectacular ........ mind you so was the weather, as we got hit by a wintry squall of snow, hail and then rain. Treecreeper, Goldcrest and Coal Tits were really the only birds of note seen in the largely coniferous part of the wood but things started to liven up as we came back down into the more deciduous trees. Song Thrush, Buzzard and Chaffinch were everywhere. Distant views of a Red Kite improved the tally of good birds seen. As we came into an "old" part of the wood, our hopes of seeing Pied Flycatcher and Redstart rose - if we were going to see them it would be here! Alerted by the alarm calls of gulls, we looked to the sky just in time to see a female Goshawk glide just over the tree tops. What a sight ! Once it moved away the birds started to sing again and we eventually caught up with a male Pied Flycatcher - although he spent all of his time feeding rather than singing - and all had good views of this beautiful bird. Exhausted but elated with our tally of birds, we stopped off at Conwy RSPB on our way home. Singing Sedge Warbler; a male Bullfinch on the feeder; Common Sandpiper and a 'bevy' of ducks rounded off the day.