It was Fathers Day and whilst the family gathering were belly laughing over those comedy cards depicting a geek in glasses wearing a knitted Cardigan and another that questioned my tried and tested DIY skills I slipped out the back door unnoticed, destination Llandegfedd Reservoir. Judging by the clutter of vessels on the water it seemed I wasn't the only one to escape another day of expensive greeting card madness - although can't be too mean spirited as amounted cash gifts were easily enough to enable an order to be placed with Book Depository for the newly published Micro Moth Field Guide at an unbelievable price of £13.60, with some left over for an album by those prog rockers The Pineapple Thief! Back to the trip report and you could have been forgiven for mistaking the reservoir for Cowes Regatta with fishermen and sailors 'hither and tither' matched by Canada goose and cormorant 'hither and tither' the only respite for birds thinking about shedding the odd primary were the reservoir's extremities.
As you know the meadows around this watery playground are good for some naturalist type 'poking around'. The orchid show was in matinee mode with common butterflies starting to perform, common blue, large white, meadow brown, large skipper and small copper, augmented by numerous burnet companion and silver y moths. Reed warblers were still vocal and the number of great crested grebe loafing outside Green Pool hide was into double figures. I returned home and no one was any the wiser for my absence.