Thursday, January 19, 2006
Woodcocks at Dusk
I met Dan at the Brynffynon Hotel at Llanwonno at 4:45pm having ticked a female merlin on the road to the pub. We were soon in situ along the Pontypridd road waiting for our birds. At about 5:00pm we saw two woodcocks fly in just 10-15 metres in front of us with one landing nearby. They appeared a little earlier than I'd anticipated as the light was still reasonable. Over the course of the next half an hour we a had decent but brief views of another 3-4 birds all in the same spot heading towards the field I suspect they are feeding in. We concluded the evening with a pint of Tomos Watkin Cwrw Gaeaf in the Brynffynon, spending half an hour or so chatting with the Barman there.