An afternoon out guiding with Pat in the Preselis and then the Gwaun Valley.  Weather turned out really nice, plenty of sunshine, although the brisk south-easterly wind made a few sites hard going.  Our first stop ancient oak woodland stop produced plenty of hoped for species but not the Pied Flycatcher we had targeted.  Our second stop was fantastic, several Lesser Redpolls including several singing males, two Tree Pipits including a singing male, a male Redstart (not singing) and a Cuckoo making a racket!  A roadside stop for a smart Mistle Thrush produced a bonus in the form of a super male Whinchat, a species that is not easy to find these days (and my first of the year).  During our final stop in the Gwaun Valley a Red Kite appeared overhead, a bird with wing tags (which we could not read), then joined by a second bird before they drifted off high down the valley.  Our afternoon ended with a Buzzard at point blank range in a roadside verge – a fantastic way to end the day.

2014-05-04 Whinchat Mynachlogddu 1 crop

 

2014-05-04 Tree Pipit Rosebush 2 crop