Chattering jays and loud wood-pigeons flapped thickly overhead, while ever and anon the measured tapping of Nature's carpenter, the great green woodpecker
, sounded from each wayside grove.
On the Dee, three Spotted Redshanks are at Connah's Quay, while a Green Woodpecker
at RSPB Conwy was the first for a decade.
Nature's visitors include magpie, jay, green woodpecker
and robin as well as badgers, squirrels and foxes.
The green woodpecker
is a relative new comer to Scotland with the first breeding occurring in the early 1950s after the bird had spread from haunts in England.
Woodcock and tawny owls live in the wood and the green woodpecker
and cuckoo are summer visitors.
Both Green Woodpecker
- which is more yellow - and The Bride - more predictably white - are magnificent 5ft giants of their kind.
Woodpeckers have a worldwide distribution and have previously been observed consuming eggs in four species of Melanerpes, two species of Picus, the Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), and Cuban Green Woodpecker
(Xiphidiopicus percussus) (Bryant 1921, Fajer et al.
Bee-bird has covered chiffchaff, green woodpecker
, spotted flycatcher, whitethroat and willow-warbler, and blackcap served for bullfinch, stonechat, reed-bunting, and three kinds of tit, as well as the eponymous warbler itself, Sylvia atricapilla.
Secondly, I heard the yaffle of a green woodpecker
, no doubt busy sorting out its breeding territory.
Ring Ousel Pic: MALCOLM GRIFFITHS Little Egret Pic: ADRIAN FOSTER LOSER: The demented "yaffle" of the Green Woodpecker
used to be numerous and widespread in North Wales.
More locally, a great northern diver and Manx shearwaters were off the Great Orme, while a hobby and a green woodpecKer
were in Pentraeth forest.
The Moor supports an abundance of this; its birdlife includes lapwing, curlew and green woodpecker
and its invertebrate population is of particular interest, with numerous species of damselfly and dragonfly, longhorn beetles and spiders.