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BLACK Grouse are currently displaying at a handful of sites across the region.

The males perform in groups at favoured arenas called "leks" and try to out-joust one another to impress the females, which look on from the side.

It's comparable to the antics at a nightclub but without the booze or ear-ringing music.

The grouse do however emit a strange bubbling and hissing noise which carries for over 1km.

The best chance of seeing them locally would be to join the RSPB at their Date with Nature site near Llandegla.

See details.

At only pounds 6.50, it's very good value and an unforgettable way to begin the day.

Other birds in the region included two Glossy Ibis reported from Malltraeth and Morfa Madryn.

Ring Ouzels arrived at coastal sites such as the Great Orme, Wirral and Bardsey before heading inland to their upland summer territories.

The cliffs at South Stack RSPB are now buzzing with action as the ledges become filled with Razorbills, Guillemots and Kittiwake.

Other birds here include Puffins which have also arrived back, so it's a great time to visit from now through to early summer.

The weather has a big influence on the arrival of summer migrants: and with a "high" stretching all the way down to Africa and record March temperatures, one could be forgiven for thinking it was the best time to head north.

However this week's weather could be a cruel reminder that winter hasn't yet relinquished its grip.

Sand Martins and Wheatears arrived in good numbers three weeks ago but Swallows were fewer and are only just being seen in any numbers.

The first House Martin reported in the area was at RSPB Conwy on the early date of April 2. GO BIRDING SAT: Guided walk, RSPB Conwy, 11am. FROM SUN, APR 1: RSPB Black Grouse Watch - A Date with Nature. Booking: 02920 353010 or SUN, APR 15: Spring guided walk, RSPB South Stack, 2pm-3.30pm, 01407 762100.


Lekking grouse Pic: PETE WOOD
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 5, 2012
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