Out in the Wilds of Wales.
Nearly every year there is a trip that just has to be made around this time of year, to a very beautiful location up into the hills of Wales. The Elan valley is a very worthwhile place to either spend a day, or for the sightseeing, sit in the car with a flask of tea and admire the views. So did it fail to impress? NO! not a chance. tumbling streams open moor and a myriad of wildlife greets you as you crest the hill that takes you up through some of the most brilliant ancient woodlands.
So what's all the fuss about and why should it draw me back year after year?
Those raised eyebrows and crest really add character to this Whinchat, a bit of Ted Heath going on here I think.
This Grey Wagtail was really going through his repertoire as he persued the female up and down the stream leading her to the nest site on numerous occasions.
After spending a lot of time with these Wagtails it was a slow meander along the road and down past the lakes and dams to the visitor centre for obligatory coffee and cakes, and very nice it was too, sitting in the open watching Common Redstarts and Spotted Flycatchers with Pied Flycatchers flitting about and singing, in the woods on the opposite bank of the river.
This Spotted Flycatcher was such a confiding little bird with a diminutive call but a lovely song, there were again a pair or more checking out nesting sites.
Pied Flycatcher's were similarly active in the nest boxes coming and going, the female was doing all the fetching and carrying! The day ended with a stunning Common Redstart belting out his song.
So a bit of a goodly day out and to be repeated probably next year.
cheers for now
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