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WEATHER: more sunshine, a beautiful morning to finish off our trip.

We had packing to do and no time for a birding walk before breakfast, but a few of us scanned te meadows from our bedroom windows. A Common Sandpiper landed on the stony bank, a first for the trip on the river! The Sedge Warbler performed its flight-display from its usual bush and Little Egret, Commn Shelduck, Mallards and Sand Martins were also seen along the river. Grey erons flew over, presumably still feeding their young in the local Heronry. 

After breakfast we loaded up the bus and bid farewell to Lindsay our host, it had been a woinderful stay and Pauline (a well travelled birder) said that it was one of the very best hotels she ad ever stayed in!! 

It was 10:30am wen we arrived in Wrexham, we had seen Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Common Kestrel and lots of common species along the way. We had a checklist with 142 species on it, we saw or heard 123 of those, missing just 19, not a bad effort at all.

We parted ways in the car park of the hotel where everyuone had left their cars, Dawn and I took the minibus back to the rental company drove back to Somerset.

The trip was a great success we saw all of the species we expected to, except for the Ring Ouzel, an earlier visit is required next time! Bird of the trip was voted for last night at dinner, it was the BLACK GROUSE that got, by far the most votes!

Here is a proper picture of a Black Grouse at the 'lek' taken by Kevin Jones

If you have enjoyed reading about our trip to Wales why not join us on next year's trip?