21 January 2010

Goldeneye on the Neath River

Lyn Fishlock wrote:
I've just returned from a walk down the Neath river below the A474 viaduct. I've just seen my first Goldeneye in the river in 50 years of birding in and around Neath. I first saw it (a female)flying upstream at the point where the river does a sharpish right turn towards Skewen (Nr. Metal Box Factory). Then on my return to Neath it was feeding in the river about 300m downstream of the A474. It took off and headed downstream - I thought I had flushed it but then I saw every other bird in the vicinity disappearing rapidly - the reason, a peregrine heading slowly across the marsh! Not a bad end to the afternoon.

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