Trip reports

June morning walk at Dare Valley Country Park

Chiffchaff standing on gorse

Sunday, 19 June 2016

It was raining in the Swansea area and it was expected that the walk in the Dare Valley Country Park would be called off. However, the very light drizzle in Aberdare allowed the walk to proceed without any problem. Bird song was audible everywhere in the park but the birds were less inclined to move and be identified. House martins and house sparrows were in evidence around the visitor centre. Mallard, moorhen and coot were seen around the small lakes. Blackcap, robin, wren, chaffinch, chiffchaff (see RSPB photo) and willow warbler were in the woodland. A mistle thrush was seen in open grassland and kingfisher and dipper were seen along the fast flowing steam. In total twenty-two species were seen and this was a pleasant walk through the varying habitats - the only disappointment being the complete lack of birds of prey.