Sunday, 29 December 2013

The Glorious Tywi Valley

We woke to a heavy frost but bright sunshine with absolutely no wind at all.  We decided to take a walk in the Tywi Valley starting north of the Cilsarn Bridge and taking the minor road and track towards Ro Fawr although we did not get that far. A Buzzard left a meadow to the left where it had been worming and we concentrated on passerines feeding in the meadows and the woodlands.  Nuthatches were very vocal and we noted a Treecreeper feeding high in an oak.  Large flocks of Jackdaws and Rooks were feeding on pastures and we found a small group of 12 Redwings as well.

Whooper Swans & Greylag Geese together at Cilsarn Bridge

Moving back to Cilsarn Bridge we stopped to look at the large numbers of wildfowl feeding on roadside meadows by the river.  the Whooper Swan flock has dropped to 28 and were feeding amongst 225 Greylag Geese a species which is increasing locally.  There were also 2 Canada Gees and 52 Mute Swans present.  In the river we could only find a Little Grebe, male Goosander and 3 Mallard.  A couple more Buzzards also flew over.

Whooper Swans grazing with Greylag Geese

We took a drive around before heading back home but only added to beautiful Red Kites hunting by the roadside.

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