Friday, April 20, 2007
A glorious sunny Friday, and my mother visiting give the opportunity to find her some decent birds. Llwyn Onn provided dozens of Willow Warblers and a Tree Pipit. Graig Cerrig-Gleisiad soon gave us at least 2 male Redstarts, Stonechat, 2 distant flying Ring Ouzels, Peregrine, and flyover Redpoll. A Cuckoo called in the distance. Near Libanus, a Red Kite drifted very close to us, in lovely sunlight. On the way back, we found 2 Common Sandpipers at Llwyn Onn, and close up Siskins. Having dipped Dippers there, we drove to Llanbradach and found 1 there instead. Machen was the next stop, where excellent close views of the Sand Martin colony were obtained, 2 more Dippers were there. Much of Rudry Common has been burnt, so we couldn't find Whitethroat there, a Tree Pipit was over the road, though, and Linnets seemed untroubled by the devastation.