Trip reports

September morning walk around Swansea Vale nature areas

September morning walk around Swansea Vale nature areas
Chris Shields

Sunday, 18 September 2016

The small group of nine met at 9.30am on a glorious bright morning but the weather quickly clouded over to give an overcast but warm feel to the walk. The trees were still full of leaves which frustratingly gave cover for birds who were providing much song for an autumn day. However a footpath across some nearby flat scrubland gave some good views of a flocks of goldfinches, house sparrows and meadow pipits as well as a pair of stonechats. A painted lady butterfly (see photo) fully displaying its wings was a welcome sight. The group made its way into the Vale nature reserve where we were treated to a flypast of 15 Canada Geese being led by a white goose of similar size and shape but of an unidentifiable species. Familiar woodland birds were seen on the walk e.g. jay, robin, chiff-chaff, starling, blue tit, etc. At a nearby large pond the Canada Geese and white goose could be seen close up as well as a little grebe. The last part of the walk through tree lined paths and tracks produced few sightings. In total 24 species were seen and a pleasant walk was enjoyed by all the participants.