Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Lake Vyrnwy

Lesley and me popped over to Lake Vyrnwy for the day, its always a great place to be and its where we got engaged and with it being our wedding anniversary tomorrow we headed on across.
It's one of those places you have a almost 100% chance of seeing Wood Warbler, Red Start and Pied Flycatcher.

Starting off in the viewing hide near the visitor centre we soon saw Siskin, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Nuthatch and Chaffinch.
Driving down to the bottom car park near the sculpture walk (we aren't lazy with Lesley being pregnant she can't do long walks these days) we started off down the river straight away we heard Red Start by the car park although we just couldn't see him. A pair of Dippers flew along the river and a couple of female Goosander were on the river and a Tree Creeper was on the tree ahead of use, this was easy birding at its best. Reaching the path that leads into the wood we were hearing Wood Warbler which we soon found and Pied Flycatchers were all around with two males in one tree. Up on the road we soon had a pair of Red Starts so that was the three target birds in the bag taking all of ten minutes.

Male Pied Flycatcher at Lake Vyrnwy checking out box 14 by the river.

It was then on to the Peregrine watch point there was no one from the RSPB to help us this year scanning around the far hill side we just couldn't find it this year. But as a bonus we had a pair of Common Sandpiper just in front of the hide, they breed here last year so they might be the same pair back again.

Common Sandpiper Lake Vyrnwy
Before we got back to the car I heard a familiar call and sure enough another Pied Flycatcher was seen, you trip up over them at this place.

Pied Flycatcher by the Peregrine hide at Lake Vyrnwy
As our luck was holding we went for a short drive on to the moors between the lake and Bala.
Up on the moors there were loads of Meadow Pipits plus we bagged Wheatear, Red Kite and Whinchat a great looking male just to top it all off right by the road side, but where was my camera in the boot!

Can't complain really a lovely day and three more birds for the year list.

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