• Piebald Carrion Crow, Holy Trinity Churchyard, Pontnewydd, Cwmbran 25 October 2016

    The second time we've come across this chap here recently; today he was a bit more obliging to me, posing on this grave. Another corvine with a white gene mutation, a carrion crow (Corvus corone). We recently saw a similar jackdaw in Caerphilly. Corvines…

  • Moorhen on Trolley, Five Locks, Monmouthshire-Brecon Canal, Pontnewydd, Cwmbran 25 October 2016

    A moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) claiming squatters' rights on an Asda trolley.

  • Great Willowherb Seed Heads, Monmouthshire-Brecon Canal, Pontrhydyrun, Cwmbran 23 October 2016

    Seed head from a great willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum) at Pontrhydyrun. It is also known as great hairy willowherb, with country names like codlins and cream, and apple pie.


  • Blackberries, Bevan's Lane Marina, Monmouthshire-Brecon Canal, Pontrhydyrun, Cwmbran 23 October 2016

    Late blackberries (Rubus fruticosus) rotting on the vine.

  • Juvenile Cormorant, Five Locks, Monmouthshire-Brecon Canal, Pontnewydd, Cwmbran 23 October 2016

    A sight I never expected to see on the 'nal, a cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo). When I was a child the only fish here were sticklebacks, hardly enough to sustain a healthy cormorant. Now, the canal is stocked by the local angling club; I see a conflict of…

  • Juvenile Cormorant, Five Locks, Monmouthshire-Brecon Canal, Pontnewydd, Cwmbran 23 October 2016

    A sight I never expected to see on the 'nal, a cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo). When I was a child the only fish here were sticklebacks, hardly enough to sustain a healthy cormorant. Now, the canal is stocked by the local angling club; I see a conflict of…


  • Dandelion Tuft, Sebastopol, Pontypool 23 October 2016

    A dandelion tuft (Taraxacum officinale) awaiting a breeze to disperse its seed. On the foot/cycle path along the former Eastern Valley Line.

  • Giant Hogweed Seed Heads, Sebastopol, Pontypool 23 October 2016

    Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) on the foot/cycle path along the former Eastern Valley Railway Lineat Sebastopol.

  • Wind Dispersed Seed Heads, Sebastopol, Pontypool 23 October 2016

    Unidentified wind dispersed seed heads on the foot/cycle path along the line of the former Eastern Valley Railway Line.


  • Teasle Head, Sebastopol, Pontypool 23 October 2016

    A teasle, teazel, teazel head on the foot/cycle path along the former Eastern Valley Railway Line.

  • Moorhen, Monmouthshire-Brecon Canal, Pontnewydd, Cwmbran 22 October 2016

    Moorhen boys and their toys, eh?

  • Shaggy Ink Cap, Springvale, Cwmbran 22 October 2016

    A shaggy ink cap (Coprinus comatus), also known as lion's mane and lawyer's wig, for obvious reasons. It is edible, but must be consumed within a few hours since as can be seen here, autodigestion of the gills and cap on being picked or after sporulation,…


  • Starling, SS Peter & Paul Priory Church, Church Road, Leominster 19 October 2016

    A starling (Sturnus vulgaris) on the tower of the Priory Church; makes a change from jackdaws! He was trying, comically, to catch flying insects, but I failed to capture this.

  • Carrion Crows, Railway Station, Grange Road, Cwmbran 19 October 2016

    "When shall we three meet again?" Twa (+1) corbies (Corvus corone) at the railway station. The crow is the emblem of Cwmbran.

  • Goose, Caerphilly Castle 12 October 2016

    A domestic goose (pilgrim goose?) at Caerphilly Castle.


  • Herring Gull, Caerphilly Castle 12 October 2016

    A herring gull (Larus argentatus) looks disdainfully down his beak at me from his lofty perch on Caerphily Castle.

  • Canada Goose, The Moat, Caerphilly Castle 12 October 2016

    A Canada goose (Branta canadensis) patrolling the moat.

  • Jackdaw, Caerphilly Castle 12 October 2016

    A jackdaw (Corvus monedula) in fine fettle, foraging for fine food near the moat. Apparently, a local nickname for Caerphilly residents is "jackdaw" believed to be from the large numbers at the castle.


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