May 01, 2006

Land of the Super Feathery Animals


Tried some seawatching at Llanfairfechan today. Not bad: Gannet, Red-breasted Merganser, Razorbill, Shag, Cormorant and Red-throated Divers.

Having 'dipped' on Ring Ouzels yesterday, decided to try Snowdonia again and eventually succeeded near Llanberis. A bird which flew quickly across the road nearly caused a domestic incident between us (I saw it and couldn't call it quickly enough for Darren to see it before it disappeared against the boulders) but we decided that hearing its calls afterwards was sufficient...

Along a back road between Capel Curig and Betws y Coed, we stopped to scan for Dippers. No sign of those (though it looked right), but we jammed in on a singing Tree Pipit, a gorgeous male Redstart sitting in a flowering hawthorn bush, a female Pied Flycatcher and an endearing Common Sandpiper on the river.

On a beautiful sunny evening, stopped at Caerhun church (above) to scan the Conwy valley.

Still need that Dipper, though...

Species added today:

147. Gannet
148. Ring Ouzel
149. Tree Pipit

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