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Michael Hogan
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Taf Bargoed north
Managed a record shot of pied flycatcher this a.m. singing, foraging and preening in oak alongside feeder stream of a very silted upper reaches of the Taf Bargoed. Also noted on the way in; a pair of linnet, the female collecting nesting material while the ...

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Rhaslas 'dusty shanks'
Just singles of redshank, greenshank, common sandpiper with dunlin[3] was about it. I note from Collins that next to an image of redshank they have added "vociferous" this one was. Also present 3 members of the motorised division of the Welsh 'we are not do...

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Rhaslas
A single turnstone this a.m. sheltering from the wind along east bank with dunlin[3] and a single ringed plover. Also swift[2] feeding over damp grassland north of pool plus all the usual suspects. Llwyn-onn; a pair of grey wagtail on spillway with singles ...

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Rhaslas
Several people about this morning so birds restless hence just record shots. Arctic tern[2] resting on tower, a single bar-tailed godwit flushed from east bank and dunlin[11] all summer plumage. Met Andrew Webber who took the below image on the parking site...

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Rhaslas
As usual for April there has been a slow trickle of dunlin through with the highest daily count occurring yesterday with 7 birds being present, plus the bird below. Yesterday morning the bird was on the southeast bank, a stiff NNE blowing with a low powerfu...

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Rhaslas grey plover
Busy today but managed to call in briefly at 10:00 hours, grey with a thin mist just clearing. Scoped the east bank from west of the pool and I initially dismissed the above as a golden plover but thought no it looks too big. It's the first record for the p...

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Water Shrew
Dead water shrew this morning, I've never seen a live one, opposite A470 underpass leading from Abercanaid to Webbers Pond. Most of the keeled tail is missing which would have reduced its hunting efficiency but cracking pair of rear hairy feet, reminds me o...

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Rhaslas
I called in briefly this morning 08:00 hours; noted greenshank[2] feeding on southeast bank, took the sheep track below south dam and managed to get a record shot without flushing. Birds still loafing when I left, also present a single dunlin and the drake ...

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Male Mayfly Moult
Checking the moth trap on Saturday morning, don't ask, I found the above on the garage wall. As genital mutilation is required for identification I, nursing a hangover, decided we both would be better off without it.  At Rhaslas, despite the north winds its...

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Rhaslas
Scaup noted this a.m. returned this p.m. in the hope I could get a decent image, as you can see a complete waste of time. Also present singles of white wagtail, redshank, sand martin and 3 swallow.
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