05 January 2008

Damp squib

Went looking for the reported possible first for the county, after fighting through the assembled ranks of expectant Gwent birders, who, in round figures, numbered precisely zero, I spent a couple of hours ensconced in the shelter belt getting rained/hailed on. The shitty conditions didn't help, nor did the fact that I could only see 3-4 Lesser Redpolls, might try again tomorrow; Common Redpoll must be the single biggest glaring hole in the county list. During my private cardueline caper I received news of a Slav at Llandegfedd. By the time I got there, it wasn't. The only grebe in the Green Pool inlet was a greasy starting to show the first signs of summer plum and looked like this...

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