Saturday, 14 April 2018
On a perfect spring morning 5 members set off from the car park along the Carriage Drive. We soon encountered the expected woodland species which included a coal tit nesting in a hole on the valley slope. Below us was the Upper Lake where a dipper was seen on the waterfall stonework. Continuing along Carriage Drive we descended to the Lower Lake where we added coot, moorhen, mallard and 3 little grebes trilling loudly. Whilst here buzzards were heard ‘mewing’ overhead and in the space of 2 to 3 minutes 4 buzzards, a red kite and the bird of the morning, a large female goshawk flew over the valley.
As the path following the LLan back up stream was wet and muddy, we by-passed this lower section and picked up the riverside path at the Sapper Bridge to walk back to the Upper Lake. Dead riverside alders showed evidence of woodpeckers and we were fortunate enough to find a tree creeper here. At the Upper Lake we added grey wagtail – giving a species list of 33.