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The Celtic Rain Forest RSPB Gwenffrwd-Dinas

Common Redstart (Male) One of the most unique and incredible places to birdwatch in Wales has to be RSPB Gwenffrwd-Dinas (Dinas) The reserve is situated around a hill named "Dinas" in mid-wales a few miles outside the town of Llandovery. The hill ( I can't help but call it a mountain) which is 331 meters high has steep slopes that are covered in predominantly Atlantic Oak and Alder Trees and other areas covered in scrubland. I did some research about Atlantic Rainforests and according to the Woodland Trust , this type of habitat is found in places that have high rainfall but with low variation in temperature throughout the year. I have been visiting Dinas with my three amigo friends for the last couple of years and I must admit it is one of the only places that I have been to that has thousands of Oak trees densely packed around a mountain like this. When I walk into the woodland I imagine I am in something out of J R Tolkiens Lord of The Rings. It really is magical. Din

Look what we came across in Wentwood

On a recent visit to Wentwood with my birder friend we were able to watch a flock of Crossbills feeding in the tall pine trees.

As the Crossbills eat a lot of pine seeds they get very thirsty and need to drink regularly. If you are patient (or lucky) you may see them take the opportunity to drink from a water source that is available nearby. In our case they drank from a puddle that was in the path.

It was great to see them land and start drinking. I noticed that some of them perch nearby and keep watch whilst the others land and drink. They are very furtive birds and getting close to them for the ideal photo is very frustrating.

For the time being I will have to be satisfied with photographs taken at a distance.

Accompanying the Crossbills, were Siskins , that mixed in with them and also took their chance to drink from the puddle.


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