Friday, 21 October 2011

Travelling to Builth Wells, Mid Wales.

Making our way to the wedding.

The bridge in to Buithwells.
We were all up and about quite early this morning as we had to be over in Albrighton for 11:30 to meet up with Jayne Sister Brenda and Keith her husband who were kindly taking us down to Buithwells. Some of us felt better that others, Jayne had sensibly said no to the offer from the owner of the Indian restaurant of a third special coffee the night before, Barb and I did not. W got over to Albrighton on time and all got into Brenda and Keiths car and we started off down into Wales via Leominster where we stopped for lunch. On the way down we saw several Common Buzzards (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) and at least three of the original Welsh population of Red Kites (Milano Real / Milvus milvus). We arrived at the hotel mid afternoon which gave me time to go and have a walk along the river and in the surrounding woods and grounds. On the river I spent quite some time watching three Goosanders (Serreta Grande / Mergus merganser) fishing. 
A statue by the river.
After some time the Goosander were joined by a male Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos) which decided there feeding method was good and joined in and was diving along side and for almost as long as the Goosanders. In the woods I got some nice views of a tit flock which also contained several Treecreepers (Agateador Norteño / Certhia familiaris), Goldcrest (Reyezuelo Sencillo / Regulus regulus) and a single Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita). In the woods I picked up Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea) and Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus).

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