April 28, 2006

Croeso i Gymru

Roosting waders: Black-tailed Godwits, Knot and Spotted Redshank

Took a slight diversion to the shores of the Dee to visit RSPB Inner Marsh Farm. A very pleasant, secluded location. Walking down the hill, we heard our first Sedge Warbler of the year in the reedbed and were surrounded by Whitethroat song from the hedges.

Once at the lagoons, we were greeted by more than a thousand Black-tailed Godwits interspersed with Knot, Dunlin, a few Spotted Redshank and a handful of Bar-tailed Godwits.
A large immature Peregrine came through, scattering all the waders but only making a very half-hearted attempt to catch any of them - another year-tick as Darren hadn't seen one previously.

After a rather convoluted journey which took us through Flintshire and Denbighshire, we finally finished up in Conwy - county first, then the walled town where we I'd booked four nights in the Youth Hostel. Cosy, basic and squeaky of bunkbed - but comfortable enough - it would be ideal for anyone who loves sauna-style wood panelling...

Headed out up the Conwy valley and ended up going along a single-track road to
Llyn Crafnant, for no real reason other than it looked like it might be interesting. Over the rush of water downstream from the lake, there was a trilling which turned out to be a Wood Warbler - the first of our Welsh target birds.

Species added today:
137. Sedge Warbler
138. Peregrine
139. Wood Warbler

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