|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.
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.
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.