Ynys Hir proves to be a ’hit’ with the Group.

The fact that 22 members travelled from Wirral to RSPB Ynys Hir on a day when heavy rain was forecast just shows how popular this reserve is with the Group. It has a magical mix of habitat with old Oak tree covered hills, reed beds, lagoons and the tidal River Dovey. We had a very welcoming and informative briefing on arrival by the reserve staff and then ventured onto the reserve. We came across one of our target birds, a Pied Flycatcher, almost immediately upon our arrival as there was a pair feeding young in a nest box on one of the trees in the car park. This was one of several birds encountered whilst we wandered about the reserve. We also came across several Spotted Flycatchers, with a particular bird flycatching from a prominent dead branch giving prolonged if somewhat distant views. Rather disappointingly, we only had very fleeting views of a Redstart despite us searching all the likely areas for them. We also only heard Cuckoo briefly and very distantly and whilst we saw many Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler we only managed to hear Garden Warbler. However, we had fabulous views of not one but two Osprey flying over the reserve ……. it is always a good day when you see one of these majestic birds ! Whilst we encountered many of the expected woodland birds, the one we would all have liked to see …. the Wood Warbler …. hasn’t been present on the reserve this spring and so sadly we didn’t catch up with one. However, during a well earned coffee and food break (really us sheltering from the rain) we managed to catch up with Siskin coming to the feeders at the reception building. Did we miss some of out target birds ? Yes . Did we enjoy ourselves? Definitely. Will we be back? You bet !!