Away Day to Ynys Hir RSPB Reserve

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.

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