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.
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.
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.
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...