Friday, 8 June 2012

Ffeathered Ffriends of the Ffestiniog

Birds and steam trains seem to get along well, probably bird watching and train spotting too. Here are three short films of birds nesting close to the line.

Nuthatches at Campbell’s Platform with the hole to their nest made narrow using mud set like concrete; this helps protect them from predators.

Woodpeckers (greater spotted) between Campbell’s and Coed y Bleiddiau; the cries of the chicks so close to the path was a real give away.

Pied flycatchers at Coed y Bleiddiau, which have travelled all the way from Africa, coinciding the hatching of their chicks with peak availability of a caterpillar which feeds on the young leaves of oak trees. 

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