River Diary – June

Again, as far as bird life is concerned, this has been another quiet month on the river.
Goosanders. The males have long disappeared and I have only seen 4 or 5 females between Mochdre and the Halfpenny Bridge. They have now had their young and on 2 occasions a creche of 10 young have been spotted, but this may indicate that individual families are probably quite small.
Wrens. There appear to be numerous Wrens along the river banks and their singing is quite prolific.
Magpies. Quite large numbers seen around the Dolerw/Trehafren area.
Mallard Ducks. The males are already starting to look drab as they start to loose their breeding plumage a little earlier than usual. There have been a number of clutches of baby Ducklings spotted, but their numbers are rapidly reduced as they are predated by Crows and Seagulls.
Swallows, Swifts and House Martins. Seen feeding on the river on the dull and wet days.

Other birds spotted, but not in any great numbers include, Kingfisher, Grey and Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush and Dipper.

Although I have still not seen any sign of the Otters, sightings have been reported of 2 being seen together on the upper part of the river.
As reported in one of my posts, Signal Crayfish claws have been found which possibly supports the validity of these reported sightings.