A New Year seems like a great place to begin Nature Diary III, my ongoing experiments with noticing nature around me.

Today on 1st January 2019 I visited Aberdare Park located in Trecynon near Aberdare. 

The first thing I noticed was a female sparrowhawk (Accipter nisus).    Blurred in the photo taken on a smartphone.  What a spectacular bird to see on a walk in the park. Other birds noticed today : a treecreeper and nuthatch.   

Light conditions caught my attention.  I noticed the subdued afternoon light over the lake and a brighter blue sky over Llwydcoed in the Cynon Valley.

  There were plenty of squirrels darting about, some more brazen than others.  When I waggled my arms at some of them they creeped up closer to me expecting to be thrown a tasty nut.

The green daffodils shoots are beginning to push through the soil.  My rhubarb stalks at home are about the same height.