Now the clocks have changed the dark, gloomy late afternoons and evenings of winter are upon us. Wader numbers on the lowland wet grassland are increasing with over 1400 golden plover and 1500 lapwing daily with smaller numbers of curlew and redshank feeding in the wetter areas. Birds of prey are now a regular feature with up to four hen harriers (three ringtails and one adult male) hunting over rougher areas of pasture with peregrine, merlin, kestrel, buzzard, red kite and sparrowhawk seen daily. A pleasant surprise yesterday was a very late osprey over the Dyfi near the Domen las hide; it should have been in it's winter quarters by now. Interesting waders include a spotted redshank and a common sandpiper, presumably the same individuals that have wintered on the reserve for the last few years. Redwing and fieldfares are goprging on the abundant hawthorn berries with an occasional brambling and crossbill putting in an appearance. Wigeon numbers have reached 1500 so far and the barnacle goose flock has built up to 336 individuals with 37 Greenland white-fronted geese also in. It is now too dark to spend a pleasant hour after work to birdwatch on the reserve so I will have to set the alarm clock a bit earlier to enjoy the reserve before settling down in front of the computer.