Stuff and Nonsense

By Diane2104

Siskin and Lesser Redpoll

The last day of our trip and the long journey home. We set off at 9am and arrived home at around 17:30, but we did have a 2-hour break at the Dyfi Osprey project in Machynlleth. We spotted the sign on the way up on Monday and when I googled it the decision was made! 
It's a lovely little reserve with a resident pair of ospreys that you can view from the 360 tower. The nest is around 200m away, so out of real reach of my camera. I did try a few shots, but they were nowhere near sharp enough. You can get a good view using the optics provided and they also have a live camera feed where you can see the nest up close and personal on the big colour screen. They have 3 chicks who were around 3 weeks old and doing well. They were a delight to watch and a great way to break up the journey and get a sandwich and a drink. 
There were also a couple of sets of feeders that you could watch and these were well used by the usual suspects - tits and finches, but it was very nice to see some other species that we don't see so often near us - siskins and lesser redpolls. 
We were also lucky enough to see a cuckoo that was pointed out by one of the volunteers (extras). It was displaying well in the sunshine. 

Pretty tired now, so not sure if I will fall asleep on the sofa or find the energy to do some thank yous and commenting later on maybe...let's see! 

Have a great weekend everyone. 

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