Monday, May 07, 2012

Is this really May ??.......

I had thought that May should be pleasantly warm so why was I out birding wearing three layers two of which were fleece and a pair of gloves ?
I spent the cold and blustery Saturday morning of the Bank Holiday taking part in a "Know Your Birdsong" organized walk at Pwll-Yr-Allt Nature Reserve in Talgarth led by county recorder Andy King for Brecknock Wildlife Trust and very enjoyable it was especially the bacon and sausage sandwiches at the end !!
After an afternoon in Brecon with Teresa I popped down to the lake but access everywhere was severely limited due to the unseasonal very high water level,gave up on that and went back to the caravan and watched some rugby.
An early start on Sunday morning had me heading for Cefn Cadlan hoping for some passage Dotterel,after checking the three reservoirs on the way for Osprey (no luck this time),I arrived at Cefn Cadlan to find Steve Hinton's car already parked up and just as I was about to phone Steve he,Nigel Addecot and Alun Hughes returned to tell me that there were no Dotterel to be found,saved me a walk anyway !!
The four of us made our way to Craig Cerrig Gleisiad in search of Ring Ouzel and whilst Steve and Nigel checked out the wood opposite Alun and myself had a walk up past the cliff face and managed just a brief flight view of one female,other birds of note were Whinchat,Stonechat,Willow Warbler,Tree and Meadow Pipit,Chaffinch,Raven,Common Redstart,a Red Kite hunting the distant ridge and an also distant Cuckoo calling.
The other lads headed for home and I finished off the morning with a look around Llwyn-y-celyn Wood opposite for Pied Flycatcher,Common Redstart and anything else of interest.
I quickly found two pairs of Pied Fly nest building,one pair using a nest box and another using a natural hole in a tree and managed a couple of reasonable shots despite the terrible light which resulted in me having to use a higher ISO than I would have liked.
Try as I might I couldn't find a Redstart but just as I got back to the car in the lay-by there were a pair flying around frantically with the male chasing the female,they were very skitish but I managed to get a few shots.
I popped up to Park Wood in Talgarth late afternoon hoping for Wood Warbler but once again found that they aren't in yet,they really are late this year,must be the cold,wet weather holding them back,I'll check again next week and hope that I have more luck.

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