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Monday, 19 January 2015

Along the strandline

There was once a time when a mid winter visit to Llandegfedd Reservoir would be dominated by hundreds of grazing whistling wigeon. Seems this evocative scene is now history. Yes sure enough wigeon can still be found but in far fewer numbers than previously. Its a measure of how this site has lost its wildfowl mojo that Sunday's visit involved long periods of padding out with strandline searching. I did however find a dead cormorant not washed up on the strandline but in a grassland near to the Fisherman's car park. Finally 'twas nice to chat to Stephen Shutt who was conducting the monthly wildfowl count he had earlier recorded an over wintering chiffchaff.

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