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Sunday, 21 March 2010

Celebrating the common

Another stroll around my beloved post industrial landscape today delivered plenty of frog spawn. On the bird front I'm amazed by the number of skylark encountered on the upland fringe. I know this bird is having a tough time in lowland habitats but on the hillsides of Gwents valleys its seems as plentiful as ever. Calling stock dove were also noteworthy this morning along with a male stonechat.

After lunch walk along the Monmouthshire- Brecon Canal at Goytre produced another singing chiffchaff - soon I won't even bother to record them! Wild daffodils at the base of hedgerows in a couple of adjacent fields trumpted the arrival of Spring and a partly albino male blackbird was a welcome aberration.

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