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Saturday, 19 May 2018

Ynys-Hir comes up trumps again !

Ynys-Hir comes up trumps again !

Always a 'sold out' trip, Ynys Hir weaved it's magic once more. The reserve is a wonderful mix of habitats which means you see a great variety of birds. A friendly welcome from the RSPB staff started the day off well. First 'port of call' was the old woodland with its Wood Warbler and Pied Flycathers. Many were heard within the cover of the trees but enough were seen to make everyone feel the trip down had been worthwhile. For the first time we came away empty handed with regards to Redstart - apparently they were late in and sadly none were singing at the time we were there ! Other woodland birds worthy of note included Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Jay plus Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Chiffchaff. Out into the scrub / reedbed area we were surprised at how few warblers were singing - only a few Whitethroat and a Sedge Warbler sang in the beautiful sunshine. Reed Bunting and Stonechat could be heard and seen and although a Cuckoo was heard several times we didn't see it. Overhead, Osprey and Red Kite made very pleasing if somewhat brief appearances. Looking over the marsh pools we encountered Shoveller, a single Wigeon plus 3 Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plover. Nesting just below one of the hides was a pair of Oystercatchers and if you were quiet enough (a tall order for our group !) you could get really good views. Although we saw a good variety of birds because of the excellent standard Ynys Hir had set in previous visits we felt that the reserve had had a 'quiet' day. A good reason to return ! On our journey back home we stopped off at the Osprey nestsite a few miles up the valley, to brilliant views of a pair of Osprey which hopefully will, once again, successfully breed at the site. We also caught up with Tree Pipit, Siskin and Redpoll at this location.