25th of March 2018 Elan Dam and Gigrin Farm Trip

This months trip with the Coventry and Warwickshire local RSPB Group was to Wales, first stop was the beautiful Elan Valley Country Park with its famous Dam high over the surrounding valley which is a truly scenic place to visit!

Birds of note seen here were Peregrine, Raven, Kestrel, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Nuthatch, Treecreeper and not surprisingly many Red Kites going over.

After a few hours here we moved on to the now famous Gigrim Farm for the daily Red Kites feed. Peter and Lesley our trip organisers had reserved the main hide for our Group to use and for those with a camera it proved to be a brilliant spot to watch these magnificent birds swooping down to take food.

As we arrived in good time before the start of putting out the food we watched in amazement at the amount of Red Kites that started to circle the area and at the ones that perched in the surrounding trees! As I started to count the Kites I gave up after over 200! However it was not just Kites circling there were many Buzzards, Rooks, Jackdaws and Carrion Crows.

For any birder that has not visited Gigrin Farm I would urge you to do so as the spectacle is absolutely amazing!

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