Sunday, May 27, 2012


Had a great morning's birdwatching at Llandegla in North Wales on Friday 18th May. Jane and I joined an RSPB group watching the Black Grouse lek on the moorland. At least 8 males were seen but they were too distant to photograph. Other avian highlights included Cuckoo, Tree Pipit, Whinchat, Redstart and good numbers of Common Crossbills, some of which were carrying fir cones from the forest floor back into the trees in order to remove the seeds in a safe place.
We then drove to Wrexham where we watched a male Peregrine perched on the roof of the police station.
The female could be heard calling, presumably from the nest. At the time of our visit there were apparently two chicks in the nest. They should fledge successfully in what must be one of the most secure nest sites in the country!
On Friday 25th we spent a beautiful day canoeing 10 miles down the River Wye in Herefordshire. We counted an amazing 7 Kingfishers during the day and I saw my first Red Kites of the year while picnicking on the river bank. The sun shone all day which was great because it helped me to dry quickly after I fell in the river at the very end of our journey! 
Kingfisher, Mere Sands Wood, Lancashire, June 2009.

Red Kite, Gigrin, January 2010.

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