A bit of shopping in Brynmawr and a visit to Lakeside aka Dunlop Semtex Pond with a hope of photographing a water rail was the order of the day. Overnight snow and freezing temperatures ment all visited waterbodies were largely frozen. Parc Nant Waun aka Machine Pond was home to a handful of common coot aka coot, a single great crested grebe and four common snipe aka snipe. Both herring and lesser black backed gulls were plentiful many taking up pre breeding season positions on the factory roofs near Walmart aka Asda. Next week maybe a trip to Gwent Levels Wetland Reserve aka Newport Wetlands.