Sunday, 7 July 2013

Summer sun.....

Making the most of the great forecast for today I headed out early (04:55) to walk the "Taf Bargoed Horseshoe" - thru Parc Taf Bargoed, up onto Geligaer Common across Incline Top before heading back down Merthyr Common and down into Bedlinog, back thru Parc Taf Bargoed and home - 30kms (18mls) in glorious sunshine. Highlights - 15 Whinchat, inc 4 juv's, 2 juv Groppers, showing really well, a family party of Spot Flys and 4 Curlew (but no sign of any young)

4 of the large Frit's flew past - just can't get one stationary to firm up id, though they are prob Dark Green
Frit's 1 was on Gelligaer Common at 07:30, 1 was on Merthyr Common, and two at Parc Taf Bargoed (on the return leg). A Small Pearl-bordered Frit was a nice find near the ruined Begwns farm. Also picked up my first Red Admiral, near the Quakers Yard pub on the way home.

On the moth front, just a couple of Silver Y's on the tops and a trio of Triple Bar's on Merthyr Common.

A male Emperor was holding territory at Issac Morgan pond with 7 patrolling the Bedlinog fishing pond. Plenty of Common Blue and Large Red Damselfly's several Broad-bodied Chasers and around 30 Four-spotted Chasers around two small ponds on Merthyr Common.

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