Welcome to the Llynfi valley nature blog, which will feature all aspects of wildlife found in the valley and surrounding areas. Sightings from further afield will also be included, along with postings of highlights from the past.
A walk down the sewage works this afternoon produced 1 female goosander on the river by the sewer outlet, also 4 mallard (3f+1m) and 1 heron, 2 dipper fighting on river. Along the fence line was 5 treecreeper, 9 goldcrest, 12 long tailed tit mixed with blue and great tits, 1 chiffchaff, 1 red kite and buzzard over. 1 water rail calling from boggy wood on left just before the river bridge and 2 moorhen calling from inside the works.
Turkey Tail Fungi (trametes versicolor)
Lesser black backed gull on my roof with Herring gull below
I was meant to be getting some Xmas shopping done today, instead decided to dash down the M4 to catch up with the Desert Wheatear that was found yesterday afternoon at Severnbeach.
I haven't been to Severnbeach before, but thanks to my Sat Nav I got there without any hassle. Having found a parking spot all I had to do was walk a short way along the coastal path and there it was. It showed very well and didn't seem too bothered by the array of scopes and cameras that were following its every move.
Monday 9th December also saw me heading out of the valley. This time it was down to Forest Ganol to try and catch up with the Hawfinches that PT and PP saw on Sunday. After an hour or so walking around I eventually caught site of a few briefly through the branches. My patience was then rewarded further with good views of atleast nine birds.
Today myself and Paul Parsons went for the hawfinch down forest ganol, and straight away came across 2 birds approx 100 yards into the woods along the footpath, a few small flocks of birds were flying over before we came across a flock of 7 or so birds below the footpath past the white house in the woods, its worth listening out for the calls a quiet seeping noise they were making giving their location away, thanks to Paul for his super hearing as i'm deaf as hell. Forest farm held 2 kingfisher's 1 sparrowhawk, moorhen, 4 snipe siskin, goldfinch, and goldcrest.
My son and I went to Parc Slip on Sunday (1st) for his first Birding trip. The usual Tits, Finches and a Nuthatch were on the feeders near the centre. We also had Teal and a Moorhen from the hide overlooking the northern Wetlands.
The undoubted highlight of the afternoon was this Bittern that gave us great views from the wader scrape hide. I then had to explain that he shouldn't expect this on every birding trip!
On route to Parc Slip we also saw 54 Lapwing and c150 Starling in a field at Mynydd Ty Talwyn.
Small flocks of redwing over woods, many goldcrests amongst the usual tit flocks, 2 CROSSBILL calling over the road leading towards the works, birds were flying towards the school, 1 juv cormorant making a noise flapping about fishing in the deep pools, 1 heron, 3 dipper on river (1 singing), grey and pied wagtails, 5 siskin feeding in the alders.