A walk around Tyn y Craig plantation to view the Ystwyth valley from above brought me adjacent to a small upland mire being contested by a pair of buzzards and a pair of kites. Fortunately they didn't get aggressive but clearly boundaries were being marked and claim laid to a patch of suitable trees. Through the scope I could read the tag as one kite briefly touched down in the marshy grassland; it subsequently flew around examining the grasses clutched in its feet. They all looked spectacular sunlit against a lightly snow- dusted landscape of hills and woods.
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