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A new era dawns

A new era dawns. Today marked my first visit to Goldcliff Lagoons since the sad death of  Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. She was a great and very respected monarch throughout the world.  Her passing marked the end of the modern Elizabethan era and the dawn of a new one. King Charles III has now ascended to the throne - "God save the King". The new era will be called the Carolean age under King Charles III. I thought his first speech was very touching and I believe he will be a great King like his mother. We also now have a new Prince of Wales with Prince William taking on his father's previous titles.  Every time I now take picture of the second Severn crossing - namely the Prince of Wales bridge there will be a different face that now pops up in my head. The Prince of Wales Bridge I've had a very stressful and busy week myself and I was in real need of some bird therapy today for a few hours to take my mind off things. A visit to Goldcliff Lagoons alway

Dinas Blues

I was feeling very blue after a trip with my birding pals Paul and Nicola to Gwenffrwd-Dinas. The RSPB reserve is situated in a secluded part of the world near Llandovery, mid-Wales.

The reserve covers quite a considerable area around a small steep sided peak and its one side includes a gorge that is cut by the fast flowing upper reaches of the River Twyi.

The river flows down from the Lyn Briane reservoir that is upstream.

Photo of the reserve map.

Oak Trees dominate the landscape. Its amazing to see such a spread of ancient Woodland. Alder Trees also feature a great deal to create a fantastic habitat for wildlife.

What attracted my attention immediately though was the huge carpets of blue bells.

Ancient Oak Woodland covered in a carpet of blue bells.

British Blue Bells

The woods were full of the calls of Blackcaps, Pied Flycatchers, Wood Warblers and Redstarts but actually getting a glimpse of one was a struggle.

Perseverance did pay off,we did get some pictures of Wood Warblers, Common Redstarts, Pieds and a Yellowhammer at the reserve car parks picnic tables.


Wood Warbler


Male Pied Flycatcher

Yellowhammer at a feeder that is situated near some picnic benches

 Whilst walking along the river we caught glimpses of Dippers and a Common Sandpiper.

The visit left me feeling rather blue. Despite the fantastic scenery actually finding birds to take a photograph proved quite difficult.

I don't know what it is this month, but generally everywhere I have visited, numbers of birds across the board appear to be down and breeding is certainly several weeks behind compared to last year. I guess better luck next time but it was a great day out with good company.

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