Trip reports

Sunday 8th September Trip to Cors Caron NNR (Tregaron Bog)

Sunday 8th September Trip to Cors Caron NNR (Tregaron Bog)

Monday, 30 September 2019

The weather was really good being bright, sunny, dry with blue skies, with the temperature being 13C at 11am. While waiting for everybody to arrive, the feeding station dropping from a tree in front of the car park was observed and Great Tit, Robin, Chaffinch and Coal Tit were noted. The group started out on the walk going north along the Railway Walk, towards the junction onto the River Walk. As the walk progressed, Blue Tit, House Sparrow, Magpie were noted in the shrubbery. A small lake was inspected which appeared not to have any birds on it but then a Grey Heron was seen on the margins. Then a Nuthatch was heard and then seen, as well as a Great Spotted Woodpecker & Treecreeper. Having up to a farm, plenty of Swallows and House Martins were noted feeding up in preparation for migration. A bit further on a pair of Blackcap were seen in shrubbery. In one the fields a Buzzard rose up and flew along a hedge line with a couple of Crows chasing them. A Jay was seen flying over the trees, and then a Red Kite was spotted quite high in the sky. Then the group came to an area of boardwalk where views of the bog were seen and some of the plant life was enjoyed. As time was going on the group started the return walk. On the way, Woodpigeons were seen and a Wren's distinctive call was heard.

A break was then taken to have lunch. After lunch the group then started to the south to find the main board walk which goes to the Bog Hide, which overlooks the bog area. Once found the walk brought up views of Reed Bunting, and then a few Canada Goose were seen, then movement was seen which proved to be a couple of juvenile Grey Wagtail and a Pied Wagtail. A few Mallard were noted all in eclipse plumage, On arrival at the hide, the pool in front was found to be very low, and as a consequence there a were very few birds around. On scanning around a couple of Cormorant were seen on a bridge. Another couple of Grey Wagtail were seen. Due to the lack of birds, people starting to return to the car park. On the way back a family of Stonechat were noted.

Although it was a very quiet day, with only 27 species seen, everyone had enjoyed the day, which had been complimented by seeing a great number of butterflies including Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Green-veined White, and Large White and at the end of the day a Brimstone. Also then on the board walk to the hide a few Common Lizard were seen. Flying over the area were Black Darter and Common Darter. Amongst the plants seen were Perennial Sow-Thistle, Lesser Knotweed, Devilsbit Scabious, Bog Asphodel Seed head, Bog Rosemary berries, White beaked Sedge, Meadowsweet, Purple Loosestrife, and Rosebay Willowherb & Toadflax.