This time of year most of the birding action is out on the estuary, our pools and the wet grassland and saltmarsh. Wrap up warm against the winds and a walk out to these areas can be a delight. So far this month visitors (and volunteers!) have been able to enjoy a variety of bitds including: flocks of wigeon and teal, lapwings, curlew, barncale geese, pintail, goosander, and osyster catchers. Other recent sightings include  20 of the wintering Greenland white fronted geese which seem to have been joined by a bean goose. These are as usual proving a challenge to spot moving up and down the estuary on the wet grassland and saltmarsh. Domenlas hide is again providing lovely views of kingfisher and otters plus at the weekend a smew on the river with a goosander. Birds of prey along with red kite, buzzards, sparrow hawk include hen harrier, marsh harrier and peregrine. Though the woods are quieter they are a lovely place for a walk to enjoy the peace of the reserve.

Smew taken by Tony Gordon.

Otter taken by Keith Roberts

Greenland whitefronted geese over Hen hafod - Tom Kistruck.