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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

A morning up north

Arrived at Beaufort Ponds car park just in time to view yet more Canada geese along with a single greylag leaving the waterbody for a nearby reservoir.

On to Garnlydan Reservoir hoping for a significant shoreline and some passage waders. For a large reservoir by Gwent terms Garnlydan, for me, has flattered to deceive. Sure enough it can produce some nice birds whooper swan, ruff etc. but often the effort to get to the site hardly seems all the huff 'n puff. Water levels were unseasonably high (always seemed lower in days of British Steel ownership) and apart from a couple of snipe flushed from adjacent mire habitat the only other wetland bird of note was a single great crested grebe loafing about with all the reservoir to its own.

Away from the reservoir was a tad more interesting. Dozens of grayling butterflies and hundreds of black darter were punctuated by the odd golden ringed and migrant hawker dragonfly. Around four wheatear were moving between fence posts and a single sulking sedge warbler was flushed from juncus on the edge of a small pond.

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