Here is an unusual view of the riverbank at the Long Bridge, taken yesterday.
The riverbank is quite overgrown just upstream of the bridge and offers a haven to wildlife.
The reeds create slack water when the river is in flood and allows the Kingfishers to catch the small fish that are sheltering there.
It is also a place favored by Otters, when they feel like venturing onto land and the numerous plants offer the insects plenty of scope for collecting pollen and nectar.
I have often seen Goldfinches, Bullfinches and Treecreepers feeding in the trees in this area, as well.
All in all, in my view this is a nice little spot on our river.
The riverbank at the Long Bridge.
A few shots of some of the wildlife seen on my river walk.
Bullfinch feeding at the entrance to Mochdre Brook.
There are a lot of Bullfinches around at the moment and this one was seen feeding on seed heads at the entrance to the Mochdre Brook.
Nuthatch in the tree tops.
There was a also a lot of Nuthatch activity high in the trees opposite the entrance to the Mochdre Brook and I managed to capture this shot of one of them. There appeared to be 3 juveniles chasing each other around.
Gatekeeper butterfly at Trehafren.
This Gatekeeper butterfly is amazingly ‘perched’ on a spider’s web.
Peacock butterfly at Vaynor.
Not seen many Peacock’s this year, but this one was caught taking in some warmth from the morning sunshine at Vaynor.
The Kingfisher has been very active around the Mochdre Brook area, but unfortunately has not presented an opportunity of a decent photograph.
I am glad to report that Dipper J81 is still resident on the river, just downstream of the entrance to the Mochdre Brook. A brood of 3 or perhaps 4 chicks has been raised and it is encouraging to find that she has survived a second year at this location.
Dipper J81 on the river Severn at Vaynor.
Last week Joan reported that the stream running into the Severn near Canal Rd and Sycamore Drive was a peculiar colour from discharge. Tonight when Mike and I were walking by there was a strong smell of sewage at the stream. We decided that with these two incidents it was worth a report to Natural Resources Wales. So we called the 0800 807060 number from our mobile, and talked with a real human being (after pressing 4 for Wales)! The answering service got hold of someone in Cardiff who called back quite quickly. Because of all the gas works in the area, he suggested his first action should probably be to contact Wales and West Utilities and Severn Trent to see if the problem was already known. They might have gone through another sewage pipe. After all, they did puncture ours while working in Golwgydre Lane. If not, someone will be sent out tomorrow to investigate.
We will keep you in touch. If anyone else smells anything in the meantime, please let us know.
Last week, I was lucky to capture shots of a pair of young Buzzards quarreling over the rights to a favorite perch and also a male Grey Wagtail in its breeding plumage.
All seen near the entrance to the Mochdre Brook.
A pair of young Buzzards.
One of the Buzzards.
A male Grey Wagtail in breeding plumage.