Aber Falls, Llanfairfechan 15/6/10

Garden warbler, wood warbler and blackcap in the oakwoods. Higher up with fewer trees, fresh shoots of bracken and low gorse as many as 8 dark green fritillaries flying about in a small area, feeding on bramble flowers – another 3 seen further up the lane. On the open moors lots of summer chafers and small heaths with a few mountain bumble bees. The only wall had a pair of wheatears. Meadow pipits numerous while a cuckoo called in some conifers below. Foel Lwyd with its crags and screes had a raven and a ring ouzel calling while 4 choughs flew along the skyline to the south. Descending a lane to Rowen in the Conway Valley an aggressive buzzard came at me several times in a shallow dive, passing only a few feet above me with a great whoosh – just like a skua. The last attack was best when it came in at a much steeper angle and bunched its wings like a peregrine! Has anybody else experienced this?

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