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Sunday, 23 September 2012

Rumble in the jungle

Visiting birders are muttering about the deterioration of comfort facilities at Llandegfedd Reservoir these days. The Island hide is a case in point, open viewing hatch with opportunistic bramble egress. Not that this hide provides any views of open water as the density of willow scrub that skirts the island margins prevents all views. Its this lack of scrub management that has contributed to the decline in wigeon numbers over recent years as access to suitable grazing areas is now almost impossible. 

Several hundred hirundines were taking advantage of a hatch of midges over the trees including a number of sand martin. Otherwise three singing chiffchaff was the long and short of it.

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