KEY POINTS

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go BIrding -

1 The Black-headed Gull colony is im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous and never silent and with max­i­mum ac­tiv­ity in early July, as the chicks com­mence their first flights. Her­ring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls are oc­ca­sional vis­i­tors. Other breed­ing birds in­clude Mute Swan, Coot, Snipe and Reed Bunt­ing, with Lap­wing and Curlew not too far away.

2 A Crane in Septem­ber 2013 was an ex­cep­tional vis­i­tor, but a timely re­minder, that all things are pos­si­ble even for a small pool at alti­tude in cen­tral Wales. Dur­ing late sum­mer, when wa­ter lev­els have usu­ally re­ceded, at­tracts pas­sage waders, in­clud­ing Dun­lin, Pur­ple Sand­piper, Black-tailed and Bar-tailed God­wits and Ruff – one was once seen feed­ing along­side a Pec­toral Sand­piper.

3 The Mer­lin is a scarce breed­ing bird in Bre­con­shire, late April be­ing the best time to see this small fal­con. More ob­vi­ous on these up­lands will be Sky Larks, Stonechats, Wheatears and Lin­nets, while Tree Pip­its fre­quent ar­eas with scat­tered trees.

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