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Monday, 20 August 2012

Function room available

The Bert Hamar Memorial Hide at Llandegfedd Reservoir has been the venue for some wining and dining. I've yet to know any birder who is decadent enough to take a bottle of red wine with them on a foray, but I stand to be corrected. More likely to be a fly fisherman, a secret romantic couple or a new Welsh Water initiative to raise a couple of bob by hiring out the hide for functions.

On the wildlife front there was an odd male pochard, some hint that warblers are beginning to pass through as several were noted feeding in the maturing willow carr that now fringes the island. Up to half a dozen male banded demoiselle performed well along with the ubiquitous common darter.

Finally, I was pleased to receive a visit from my old friend Michael Kilner yesterday afternoon. After a period out of circulation Mike is now back recording and to my delight brought along with him some live specimens of both Roesels bush cricket and long winged conehead from a Woodland Trust site near Usk.


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