Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Moel Famau and Loggerheads

I went for a 12 mile walk in Wales yesterday, a circular route that took in both Loggerheads and Moel Famau, it was a great day and quite rewarding for wildlife in general. Loggerheads Country Park has been a popular and well known site for many of the woodland species for many years; not surprising due to the sites closeness to nearby urban areas such as Liverpool, and it didn't let me down this time with Pied Flycatchers, Redstarts, Dipper, Spotted Flycatcher, Birds Nest Orchid, Green Flowered Heleborine (not flowering yet) Herb Paris, and Common Lizard all on the reserve; plus a stunning display of Rock Rose on top of the Loggerheads cliffs to end the day. Outside of the reserve on the rest of the walk I found Barn Owl, a Cuckoo ( plus three others heard) being mobbed by Meadow Pipits as it sought out their nest to lay its egg in, Tree Pipits, Garden Warblers, Whitethroat, Buzzards, Redstarts, Pied Flycatchers, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Kestrel, and Common Spotted Orchids. All-in-all a good days birding.

Birds Nest Orchid - Loggerheads Country Park

Common Buzzard - 8
Barn Owl - 1
Cuckoo - 4
Kestrel - 2
Spotted Flycatcher - 1
Pied Flycatcher - 3
Redstart - 6
Dipper -1
Garden Warbler - 3
Whitethroat - 1
Tree Pipits - 3
Redpoll - 2
Willow Warbler - 9
Chiff Chaff - 13

Tree Pipit - Moel Famau

Cuckoo - Moel Famau

Summit of Moel Famau looking East


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Ste-S said...

I just had to drop you a note of thanks for putting me onto the Ring Ouzels at Moel Siabod, I've always wanted to see them up a mountain rather than at a coast on passage. I kept hearing their calls but couldn't locate them,I decided to sit down and watch near the old slate mine,its then that I saw the female collecting some worms and then the male watching higher up the mountain.Brilliant,Thanks Danny.