It is especially on a nice day a beautiful walk, (although not easy) as was the case yesterday - but to be honest bird wise there wasn't much to see. There was very little bird song or calls and I couldn't believe how quiet it was especially at the top by the horse shoe bend where it was almost silent. I think August can be a quiet time especially in this sort of habitat. Soon enough though birds will start to move as part of the Autumn migration but there wasn't much movement or birds on this walk.
|some waterfowl on the bottom lake|
|view from the bridge at the top corner of the lake|
Like a few of these:-
There were couple of these:-
And quite a lot of these as there always are on and around the lake:-
|drake mallard in eclipse plumage|
|walking along side of reservoir|
|one of the adult cormorants amongst the volta- whatever they're called|
|the other adult with three juveniles on the opposite side of the res|
|bright coloured mushrooms|
|a nice view of the res|
|part of the path through the woods|
|top of the horse shoe bend the coity mountain to the right and the mynydd james to the left|
|at least the heather is looking nice.|
I walked around and back down to the bottom road and did a final circle of the lakes before I got in the car and headed home.
|old mine shaft at the top of the lake below the mynydd james|
|walking back down towards the lake above Cwmtillery (I can see my old house from here)|
I can't leave it there living up here for 40 years I know there's more here than it's showed me today and will hopefully get up and around here again. The habitat is superb for a host of different birds but they just didn't show for me today.
There's a lot of work been done at the lake (I don't know who maintains it, the council maybe?) and they've made it into a lovely beauty spot with some really good habitat created. I think perhaps an early winter and/or spring visit will yield a bigger variety of birds fingers crossed.
Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Grey Heron, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Raven, Magpie, Cormorant, Little Grebe, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Wren, Nuthatch, Willow Warbler, Green Woodpecker, Buzzard.