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A different world

Posted by on May 3, 2014 2:50 PM | 

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Spent a splendid day yesterday in North Wales, mainly in the Aber Valley and the hills above...a great place, with at least 8 singing Redstarts, 2 Wood Warblers, Garden Warbler, Chiffies, Blackcaps etc in the hanging oak woodland.

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Walking up the valley to the Rhaeadr Falls, 3 Red Kites were soaring alongside Buzzards, Peregrine and Raven over the ridges and a Goshawk put in a brief, but exciting appearance.
The kites were playing with sticks, dropping them to each other in the cloudy sky.

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At least three different Cuckoos calling on the hillsides in areas of scrub and felled woodland.
Further up the valley and out onto the hills, 3-4 Ring Ouzels chased each other around a scree slope, big stunning thrushes that plunged in and out of the heather, while Wheatear, Linnet and Stonechat zipped about.

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Dropped onto the coast in the afternoon, calling in on the high tide at Llanfairfechan for 5 Red Throated Diver, an excellent Black Throated Diver coming into summer plumage and a Fulmar.
Headed home via the site of a lonesome pine and obliging Stonechats.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...

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5 Comments

Hi John,
We are off to the Aber falls in a couple of weeks, with Chris Tynan and Liverpool RSPB. Sounds like a great place.
Where about did you see the Ring Ouzels, was that after the falls ?

Hi Sean - I had Ring Ouzels on the scree slopes on Foel Ganol.
From the top car park at the end of the road at Aber take the track towards Llyn Anafon around the hillside.
(Note: the car park is small and fills up quickly).
The path is steep, but you could cheat by following the dry stone wall on the right from the car park, which becomes a narrow sheep track beside the Afon Anafon, it is narrower, but with a bit less "up".
The birds were on the left (east side of the valley), high up the scree on Foel Ganol chasing each other about.
Good luck.

How do you get to this place? Sounds great.
I had 1 Cuckoo today near to Darwen Tower in Lancashire.

Directions to Aber Valley on the excellent Snowdonia National Park website here Stephen:

www.eryri-npa.gov.uk/visiting/walking/Easy-Leisure-Walks/Aber-Falls-Path

John


Thanks for those directions John. I spent a nice morning on a certain hill watching d........
Hope you get some on Plex, I've put some of my photos on Liverpool RSPB blog.

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