Martin Bevan and myself had a morning looking around sites in the top part of the Cynon Valley.
First stop was Tirfounder to do Martin's WeBS count. Birds seen included Kingfisher, Dipper, Goosander, Sedge Warbler ( year tick ), Whitethroat and Willow Tit ( last two year ticks for me ).
We then went to Penderyn to look for Pied Flycatcher which Martin heard quite quickly but we had to wait for awhile before a lovely male showed right in front of us. A Merlin flying over was another bonus. Two more year ticks for both of us.
It was then over to Cwm Cadlan to look for Groppo which we duly dipped, but getting 2 Tree Pipits ( year tick for both ) and a Redstart ( year tick for me ).
We then went over the Voyle and to Sub-Station pond in Hirwaun, nothing of note seen in either.
Last stop was the Country Park to try another Groppo site where yet again no sight or sound of one. A Common Sandpiper on the middle lake was some compensation, another year tick for both of us.
I finished with 8 year ticks and Martin 5.