|The view from The Arch car park (Holly Page)|
Parking the coach at The Arch car park just south of Devils Bridge the party alighted to be greeted by a bitterly cold cutting wind. This set the scene for the majority of the day, the weather was a huge challenge and clearly impacted on the number of birds we saw. A quick look around the conifers at the car park produced a couple of Siskin but none of our target bird, the Common Crossbill.
|Siskin (Holly Page)|
Towards the end of the walk we started to pick up other species with a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard and Jackdaw seen. Most of the party picked up Red Kite and a couple had a brief glimpse of a distant Peregrine.
|Nant yr Arian (Holly Page)|
Picking the coach up at the bottom of the hill we got underway to the Red Kite feeding station at Bwlch Nant yr Arian. On arrival we all walked down to the lake as feeding had commenced. Over two hundred Red Kite were in the air with counts varying between two hundred and twenty to two hundred and eighty birds. Whatever the number it is always an impressive spectacle. The photographers amongst us went snap happy and the whirring of motor-drives commenced!
|Red Kite (Alan & Glo)|
|Red Kite (Holly Page)|
With the feeding over many members took to the cafe and enjoyed a hot drink. The feeding station outside the visitor centre was visited by Siskin, Chaffinch, Dunnock and a few members of the tit family.
|Beautiful scenery from the viewpoint at Nant yr Arian (Holly Page)|
|Little Egret||Great Tit|
|Grey Heron||Coal Tit|
|Red Kite||Blue Tit|
|Herring Gull||House Sparrow|
|Lesser Black-backed Gull||Chaffinch|
|Great Spotted Woodpecker||Siskin|
|Meadow Pipit||Common Crossbill|
|Pied Wagtail||Total = 49|