I had arranged to take Mike to Cardiff to pick up his anti-malaria tablets ( 11 days to go ) and agreed to meet him by the Navigation pub in Abercynon at 11am.
I was a little early and had noticed a small bird perched on top of a fir tree opposite behind the church and was looking through binoculars as Mike turned up. He had a quick look but we decided a scope would be needed.
The bird had a grey head and nape, reddish brown back, white throat and a thin dark eye stripe which got wider behind the eye and very thin bill all pointing to Lesser Whitethroat which was a bit of a shock at this time of year. Mike went to get the camera and as is nearly always the case the bird flew off up the valley.
After picking up the tablets in Superdrug in Roath we went down to Ogmore for the Bonaparte's Gull ( a lifer for Mike ) which was located very easily and give us superb views swimming back and fro along the river.