Saturday, 25 May 2013

Wonderful Day at Dinas

The RSPB Reserve at Dinas in Carmarthenshire is a wonderful area and with luck at this time of year you can see most of the Welsh speciality birds.  The weather today was superb and a walk behind the reserve along the river was very productive with Pied and Spotted Flycatchers, Redstarts and Tree Pipits very obvious in good numbers.  A Cuckoo called from high on a hill and overhead Buzzards and Red Kites were noted and we spent quite a while watching and photographing a pair of Grey Wagtails.  Looking up again a female Goosander flew upstream.

Male Grey Wagtail
Later we walked through the reserve itself.  The place was crowded with only one parking place in the car park and one or two cars parked on the road.  The reserve looked great.  Walking along the boardwalk we eventually saw a splendid male Pied Flycatcher and also saw and heard one or two Redstarts.  A single Wood Warbler sang in the taller trees and a Dipper was feeding in the river.  The only down side was two families who were walking off the boardwalk with a labrador dog off the lead which was creating havoc with the ground nesting birds.

Before heading home we drove up to the Llyn Brianne Dam where we managed to find Wheatear and Whinchat and also lots of Meadow Pipits and Skylarks feeding on the short turf.

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