Sunday, 26 June 2011

Summer arrived today

What a change from yesterday when it rained all day, temperatures hovered around 10 degrees and we lit the woodburner.  Today bright sunshine and a high of 24 degrees.

Tree Pipit singing

We took off to the hills starting around Llyne Brianne dam.  The open grassland produced lots of Meadow pipits feeding young and a few Wheatears too.  Passing through the thick coniferous forest a single Wood Warbler was singing and as we reached the bridge to cross towards Tregaron a Common Sandpiper with 2 fledged young was discovered.  Further on we stopped by some young forestry.  A Tree Pipit was in full song and a male Whinchat appeared with 2 fledged young.  This species is declining everywhere so seeing breeding success is very heartening.  A Grey Heron and a Red Kite flew over before we moved on.

Juvenile Whinchat

Further on we stopped again this time definitely in Ceredigion.  Hoardes of Meadow Pipits here with young and 2 Reed Buntings singing.  And again more Whinchats.  This time a pair with 3 fledged young and I was able to get some photographs.

Tregaron Bog

We eventually ended up at Tregaron Bog and took a walk around the boardwalk.  Plenty of Willow Warblers and Pied Flycatcher and Redstart also seen.  We visited the hide which was new to us.  It is a great disappointment finding out it is merely a large room with glass windows.  No opportunities for using a camera with a Sedge Warbler posing right outside.  Is it a hide or just a room for say school groups? You could tell this building had little input from a naturalist merely an architects whim I suppose.  Seems a lot of money has been spent without much thought as to use. Still I shall not waste energy walking to that again.  The rest of the reserve is superb and the visitor facilities excellent.

We headed home via Lampeter without much more to report.

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