Saturday, 23 February 2013

Forget Crossbills, where's the Redwings?

BTO Winter Thrush survey at Nelson Bog / Parc Penallta produced the expected decent numbers of Blackbirds and a couple of Song Thrush but again No Redwing or Fieldfare. Highlights were two showy Water Rails - one down to about 2 meters, feeding in the stream just past the football pitch. Willow Tits heard but not seen.

Followed up with a visit to Dowlais - about 40 gulls on Peacocks and a Black-heaed over ASDA Car park - and Rhaslas - 2 SEO's showed well and the young male Hen Harrier drifted to within 20m of me while I was sat in the car. A distant Kestrel and Merlin completed the raptor list.

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