Monday, 28 May 2012

RSPB Dinas - A Welsh Jewel


My neighbour Ben West and I decided to go to the RSPB Dinas reserve a half hours drive north of home.  This is a great time to visit this wonderful woodland hanging on a large rock and surrounded by fast flowing streams and great crags.  Arriving we wandered along the boardwalk and soon found a pair of Pied Flycatchers using one of the many nest boxes.  A splendid cock Redstart was also behaving as if it had a nest nearby. We stayed a while and then moved on down towards the river.

Pied Flycatcher at nest box

Grey Wagtails were calling and a Dipper flew past heading upriver.  Blackcaps, Garden and Willow Warblers provided a superb chorus and the scent of bluebells was heavenly.  Concentrating hard we could soon pick out Wood Warblers adding their trilling song to the symphony.  More Redstarts were also singing.  We moved back to the car park and stopped a while to watch an adult Dipper feeding a juvenile by a small bridge.

Adult Dipper

Juvenile Dipper
Moving on we left the reserve and crossed the river walking along the small road which leads to a farm.  Tree Pipits were singing from the wires and more Redstarts from woods on the left. Two species which are in decline in the area cheered me up no end.  First a beautiful male Yellowhammer on the road and then a singing male Whinchat from a small tree on a bare hillside.  We added Wheatear and Stonechat as well as more Wood Warblers and Grey Wagtails. 


Tree Pipit
As we walked back a Red Kite and a Buzzard sparred overhead and we reflected what a great morning it had been in near Mediterranean weather.

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