Today, 21 participants joined me for a yomp around Garwnant. After a horrendous journey up there [traffic – hour and a half from Penarth] we met up in the car park in dismal conditions which didn’t clear as quickly as had been forecast. So the start was very quiet but we did eventually connect with a Willow Tit down near the Taff bridge. It was foraging in low scrub right by the road off the A470. A Great Spotted Woodpeker put in an appearance there and we had Dipper on the river. We could only walk the Wern trail as the upper trail was closed so the usual circular walk wasn’t possible. As the sun came out at snack time at the car park, we eventually were able to watch 10 or so Crossbills feeding in a larch. They were very high up making photography a neck wrecking experience! A scan of the Tufties at the N end of the reservoir failed to reveal the female Ring-necked Duck, but there were a few Teal, a Grey Heron, 4 LIttle Grebes and 2 Cormorant. Ultimately a good trip after a quiet start. Thanks to all who came.