Our group visit to RSPB Ynys Hir Reserve yesterday was a great success. Twelve members made the trip. Despite rather persistent drizzle at times and poor long range visibility we gathered a good list of 57 bird species during the day. Most of our time was spent in the hides. Highlights on the reserve were a marsh harrier, two merlins together (and later two further sightings of single merlins), a common and a green sandpiper up close and the highlight of highlights a great grey shrike.
Moving on to Aberystwyth seafront in the late afternoon we watched the starling roost assemble, quite a sight. Starling numbers soon built up and with them came a peregrine, making a successful kill. On the beach were 10 turnstones and on the rocks a rock pipit and an adult Mediterranean gull.
We came home an excited bunch and hardly noticed the drizzle.