Dec the Halls…


Reedbeds – sans Bittern

Lying between the Severn Estuary and the River Usk on the south Wales coast is Newport Wetlands National Nature Reserve, a sizeable chunk of vast reedbeds, shady woodlands, open water and a fair bit of estuary.

It was to this end, the WM Bird Club ventured to close the year with some half-decent sightings.

The reserve was stuffed to the gills with Redwings, nicely accessorised with the occasional Fieldfare or two, and a plentiful supply of waders. The day’s poster boy was a Bittern batting its way across the cold stretch of water above that separated the reedbeds.

Towards the end of the day, a mini-murmuration of Starlings materialized in the distance, and a hunting Peregrine scooped past on a late shopping trip.

Then life sort of happened along with the usual Christmas trappings of drinking and eating and suchlike.


Christmas Eve at the Scared Heart for Mom

The Cotswolds were in line for a New Year break, and the family headed over to Bourton-on-the-Water for some suitable heralding-in.


Sensible Walking Footwear by the girls…

I’ll be needing a holiday soon – Happy New Year!