Lake Vyrnwy - Edd Cottell

Lake Vyrnwy

Now that Spring is well underway, I thought I'd take a trip to Lake Vyrnwy to see how the Pied Flycatchers were getting on.  I headed to the top end of the lake, to the Centenary hide, which is nestled in beautiful deciduous woodland, overlooking a small pool of water separated off from the main lake.

No sooner than I arrived, and the familiar call of the Pied Flycatcher was heard; a most welcome sound.  On the Saturday morning, both sexes were active, with the male courting the female by feeding her insects and checking out a nearby nest box.

The woods were full of activity, with Treecreepers scurrying up trees and along branches in search of insects, flashes of orange as Redstarts darted across the water, Long Tailed Tits flitting from treetops as if it were a game of leap frog, Nuthatch demonstrating their agility by scouring the branches in all directions, and a  pair of Canada Geese escorting their young on the water.

After lunch, the weather closed in, and the rain settled in.  The birds seemed to disappear, taking shelter in the trees.  I returned the following day to see water pouring over the dam. 

Walking through the woods to the hide, my hopes were raised seeing the male Flycatcher singing on a low branch.  Alas, the Flycatchers made fleeting appearances for the rest of the day.  Despite the ongoing rain, three pairs of Canada Geese were all vying for territory on the pool.  This was the Rock, Paper, Scissors of territorial disputes by the three pairs, as each pair circled around the pool after one another. Eventually, it boiled over, and one goose charged, chasing with ferocity, before crashing into the water with the intruder. The Mallard just about escaped!

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