|Sheep were everywhere and there were so many little ones this time of year. Very very cute!|
|People run in muddy slippery areas near Mute Swans. Look at the crazy number of birds in that pic! Pennington Flash|
|The front shield of the Eurasian Coot is wild!|
|Steve and the godzilla Mute Swan|
|Eurasian Treecreeper or just plain old Treecreeper|
|the brilliant pinkish bill and legs of the Water Rail steals the show|
The Common wood pigeon was ginormous. They looked like pudgy chickens on branches. And when they flew, I couldn't get over their size. This species turned out to be another favorite of mine.
|Common wood pigeons|
|the European Robin|
If you've seen the "Big Year", one of the main characters kept dipping on the rare-to-the-US Pink-footed Goose. I finally saw my first one this year. They are beautiful birds.
I'm looking forward to presenting some of our crazy days in Wales. There are 3 things I'd like to mention here. 1. It was a bit of a culture shock coming back to the US where people lack manners. 2. I'd be lying a bit if I told you that I didn't go through a withdrawal after coming back to the US. I really enjoyed birding with Steve and it's not often that I meet someone who is as addicted (or more so) to birds than I am. I hope we'll bird again because it was a blast. Our Arizona birds are awesome. Maybe after the Brexit deal is over:) 3. Getting to spend more time with Bonnie was great. Whenever she visits Arizona, we usually get to visit one day.
Her place was so relaxing. And her pooch Sophie was the best. She protected us and it was sad saying good-bye to that furry bundle of love. She'd squeeze between Micheal and myself every night for a cuddle.
Wales has so many wonderful birds, birding hotspots, pubs and more. "Why Wales?" Like New Mexico of the US, Wales is often overlooked by its popular neighboring siblings. One Welsh person even asked us what we were doing in Wales for a week (because, according to him, most tourists just pass through the area). After my series on Wales, I think you'll understand why this place is an awesome birder's destination. Until next time....