Had a day out with the children today in the Beacons. At Cwm Cadlan I heard my first Cuckoo of the year. Then, whilst the boys were feeding apples to the horses, I heard my first Tree Pipit.
164. Tree Pipit
Next it was on to Garwnant. Sars dropped me off a couple of miles from the centre and I walked down through the forest to meet them. Couldn't find any Crossbills but every tree and bush seemed to hold Willow Warblers. Plenty of Siskins also around as well as the odd Chiffchaff. Birds of the walk though were 4 immaculate Lesser Redpolls in full breeding plumage - superb birds.
The boys enjoyed the park and the ice cream. My youngest cracks me up when he refers to Dippers as "Up down, funk you up. Up down funk you up" birds. He christened them this when we were watching one bobbing up and down on the canal by my sister's house. :-O
From here it was on to another location. Wheatear, Mipits, Skylarks were along the path. Coming over the brow of the hill was a very pale Common Buzzard, followed by a Red Kite and then a Kestrel. I found a Kestrels nest here a couple of years ago so hopefully they'll breed again in the area this year.
Within 5 minutes of arriving at my destination my target bird was in the bag. As usual, I heard him before I saw him. A handsome male Ring Ouzel.
All in all a very good day. And I've just finished packing for Scotland tomorrow :eek!: I don't like being this organised:-O
165. Ring Ouzel