Rhayader, Wales

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26april-1Last week we stayed at a farm in Wales where we saw a few birds to add to our list. Quite a lot of the the birds could be seen from the window of our loft apartment, including a Red Kite which flew over several times a day. A pair of Pied Flycatchers were settling into a nest box and a Song Thrush was nesting in a tree below us. Many other small birds could be seen coming and going each time we looked outside, such as, Redstart, Siskin, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Jackdaw, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit and even a Treecreeper which was a nice surprise. When we did venture out, a walk along the River Wye and a visit to Gilfach Nature Reserve found us watching a Grey Wagtail, and also a Dipper as it collected nest material along the side of the river. Another day we had a drive around the Elan Valley which includes several impressive dams and some open moorland. Here we saw Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Whinchat, Stonechat and several Skylarks. The Pied Flycatchers were the easiest to see but the Dipper was the star bird due to great views which are normally hard to get. I forgot to say I also heard a Cuckoocalling one morning at 6.30am, from my bed obviously! We are back in Spain now and looking forward to seeing a few of the Summer migrants that have are arriving here now.