A beautiful morning here in west Wales ( although the ground is frozen and that east wind is still blowing) so I ventured onto my Kite patch to view some courtship and cruising over the lambing paddocks. Farmers on the edge of the hills still lamb at traditional times i.e. late March and in the open which gives the chance of some tasty after-births being available plus the sheep churn up the ground allowing some all-important worming. I was enjoying great views of 4 pairs of kite and a tagged interloper performing against the snowy hills when flying towards me was a long-winged raptor without a forked tail...an osprey flew low overhead and onwards to the NE, perhaps going to one of the Welsh nest sites. Several have been seen recently in Ceredigion and its possible the east winds have pushed them further west than usual or we might be their preferred flight path. If my photographer hadn't been detailed to make some emergency nestbox front panels (great spots damage) I might have been able to post a pic.
Apologies for truncating the photos on the post below: visit www.midwalesringers.blogspot.co.uk for full pics.