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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

Bird of Prey

What a week of rain we have had. Its been horrendously wet, windy and dark. The bird feeders have been crazily busy throughout. Legions of Starlings and various tit species have been turning up making the most of the free food.

I only get the odd chance to keep an eye on the goings-on in my garden. I always scan it for something new.

Today I was making a coffee and something caught my eye on the lawn. On closer inspection, I could see that it was the juvenile Sparrowhawk again.

It had caught a bird and was busy plucking it and tearing strips of meat off it. The hawk was surrounded by a circle of small greyish and black feathers and at the center was the prey.

There were crows about and the Sparrowhawk was keeping a close eye on them.

Eventually, it got spooked by the attention of the crows and flew off with its lunch.

I have reviewed the pics and taken a look at the kill zone and I think that the unlucky prey bird was a Great Tit.


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