Setting Off From Sandwell valley

Monday, 10 May 2010

The Dee Estuary, Radio Merseyside and a million thanks. 10th may 2010

Practically a week since access to a computer and so much has happened. Thanks to those people who have left donations, either by using the blog links or by putting money in the robin. £63.32 from the robin went to the RSPB at Inner marsh today. Brilliant.

Well the next morning at South Stack they were all back; thousands of guillemots and razorbills. Mind you there blatent cowardice in the face of a raven was embarassing to watch. The poor guillemot left lonely protecting briefly her egg from the raider as all of the others were by then on the sea was craven. sandwich terns would have got together and beaten the ....... out of the raven but this one got away with a bright blue egg easily.

Cemlyn. Thanks to Dawn Wild, the reserve warden for the chat and thanks to the birds. Brilliant watching the sandwich tern courtship dance.

To Lynn Alaw and met Owen, the warden and shared chat with fishermen, especially one named Hugh, a fabulous local with a thousand stories, coffee and a welcome Twix. Other helpful people met included the huge smile on a traffic warden in Llangefni, a lovely lady on Church Island at Menai; met whilst I reminisced on biology field work 30 years ago plus, the administrator at bangor cathedral and the staff at Bangor swimming pool. Thanks to all.

6th may 2010

The Spinnies, Bangor

18 whimbrel, 7 eider [189] and lots of oystercatchers, little egrets, red-breasted mergs and other shorebirds.

To Aber falls and an amazing time. First just before the information cottage, a female goshawk was perched on a large oak. Instead of the panicked speedy flight of a sparrowhawk, she just gently took off and circled over my head before disappearinfg into the low cloud. Best view I've ever had of one. Brilliant!

A family of treecreepers with 3 small youngsters close to and unconcerned over my presence and then a dipper visiting a nest, likewise unaware or unconcerned over my presence. 3 garden warblers were the first I'de had this year  [190].

The waterfall was a impressive as ever and the gravel paths were a surprise.

To Conwy RSPB reserve and met at the door by the fabulous Robbie. Made to feel extremely welcome and saw a little ringed plover there [191], as well as 2 barnacle geese and 5 fox cubs cavourting on the earth bank near to the furthest screen. Masses of hirundines and swifts here.

7th May 2010

Early morning - 5.00am - walk around Conwy again and 58 species of bird seen before leaving to take the cycle path all the way to Gronant along the North Wales coast - into a north-easterly gale. Tough but enjoyable.

Time is almost up and I've got to give the Dee Estuary, Paul, Geoff and Jude', Julie, Colin and Rhianne, Steve the Raptor Man, his wife Margaret, Johnny Roques, Frank and Mike the write up they deserve.

So year list now 195. Off to Chester next and over to Coombes Valley in Staffs.

Thanks again to all who have chatted, donated or even just looked at my blog.

Love to you all,


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