Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Worlds End at the Years Beginning

Went for a great walk today from Llangollen over the moors to Worlds End and back along Offas Dyke and the Clywydian Way (harder than usual after the Christmas excesses). Apart from a particularly heavy snowstorm it was a lovely day, reminiscent of spring even (yes I did say spring) especially with the Ravens partaking in their tumbling courtship display; well they are one of the earliest breeders of the year.

Although upland birding is not at its best at this time of year we did manage to flush (accidentally of course) a cock Black Grouse from the moorland tops near Worlds End, other highlights included a Mink (maybe not a highlight?), Dipper, Peregrine, Buzzard, and Siskins.

A pair of Mandarins where a nice surprise on the canal in Llangollen.

male Mandarin Duck, Llangollen Canal We finished the day off nicely with a dusk visit to Valle Crucis Abbey before walking back to Llangollen.

Valle Crucis Abbey Valle Crucis Abbey

No comments: