Yellowhammers in the sun
A Jay and the first singing Chiffchaff I have actually seen this year as opposed to merely heard entertained us on our way up to the common itself where four soaring Ravens could be seen high in the sky. As we searched for Yellowhammers it was the Meadow Pipits and Skylarks who provided the background audio track, which good though it was didn't seem to be attracting our little yellow friends. If this past couple of weeks is anything to go by it seems that the Yellowhammers only move up onto the common just before sunset so instead we decided to try out a couple of other locations further down into the valley. On the way there it was hard not to stop and photograph one of the newborn lambs suckling from its mother.
At Craig y Bedw a fly past from a Red Kite was only narrowly eclipsed by this stunning male Yellowhammer which briefly appeared on an overhead telegraph wire. I just had chance to grab a quick record shot before it flew back along the valley and out of sight.
As we walked further down the lane other calling Yellowhammers could be clearly heard from both sides before I spotted a female bird in one of the Gorse bushes to our left. She almost immediately flew up into a tree where remarkably another two females were already sat.
With at least another two calling birds further along the valley floor we must have seen most if not all of the birds that I estimated were present in my previous post. Given that our search was far from extensive I wonder how big the population there truly is? What is for certain is that it seems to be growing year on year which is fantastic news.