A chilly start, at six thirty for Martin Bevan and I, to get our upland BBS square done, but what a glorious day it turned out to be and so clear that around midday, with the tide obviously out, I could not only see the west country, but also clearly make out the pale line of the beach. Not bad for Mynydd Merthyr.
On our joint square, a definite highlight for me were my first Swallows of the year (hard to believe, I know, but a sad truth nevertheless), other highlights being a fly over Tree Pipit, picked up by Martin and a fly through pair of Ring Ouzels; heard by both of us, but seen only by me. I am still kicking myself over the latter, as I assumed Martin was on them as well, but he wasn't. Sorry Martin.
On the last transect section, we briefly saw a Green Tiger Beetle, as it flew off the path and disappeared and along the same section, Martin showed superb willpower by resisting the temptation to photograph the sea of 'Matchstick' Cladonia that grows alongside the path there. I suspect he has been undergoing therapy for that particular fixation.
After we parted company, I went and did my adjacent square, on which two singing Tree Pipits were the highlights.
Walking back, I came across this beauty taking a swim in a flooded wheel rut. It reached the shore as I approached, but then remained stationary, just long enough for me to get a couple of photos. If you didn't have any on your way down, Martin, I haven't included this just to wind you up, honest.
... well perhaps just a bit!
Thinking about it, we had quite a good weekend, BBS-wise, as we managed to add a new species to each of our two joint BBS squares (Mute Swan and Ring Ouzel); something that rarely happens these days.