Monday, 9 May 2011

Conwy Valley

Me and a mate went for a great long walk (17 miles) on Thursday in the Conwy Valley. It has become quite a skill of mine to spot wildlife whilst trying to keep up with an 'OUT AND OUT' walker, and involves a lot of running to keep up! You really do realise that many walkers don't take in any of their natural surroundings! But I am slowly trying to convert Trev! Do any birders actualy go on decent walks too? We started off from Trefriw village and climbed up the 'steepest road in Wales' past the cemetery and up onto the tops, past Llyn Cowlyd resevoir, over the Pen Llithrig Y-Wrach ridge and down the into Ogwen Valley and on to Capel Curig, then past Llyn Crafnant and Llyn Geirionydd and back to Trefriw village.
I managed to connect with some decent species, including; a male Honey Buzzard , female Merlin, 5 Pied Flycatchers, 20+ Wood Warblers, 10+ Redstarts, Garden Warbler, 50+ Siskins, male Ring Ouzel (singing), Lesser Whitethroat, Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Red Breasted Mergansers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 12+ Common Buzzards, 5 Little Egrets, Pearl-Bordered Fritilary, Orange Tips, Butterwort, and woodlands full of bluebells.

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