Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Along the Carmarthenshire Coast

Checked out my feeders this morning.  Lots of Starlings, a pair of Marsh Tits and 5 Siskins.

The weather brightened by lunch time so picked up Julian Friese and set off for the coast.  We began at Burry Port Harbour where an obliging Rock Pipit posed in the bright sunlight and then walked on to the lighthouse.  The usual huge flocks of Oystercatchers were on the beach with small numbers of Herring, Common and Black-headed Gulls and a single 3rd winter Mediterranean Gull.  The wind was very cold so we moved on.

We headed back towards Kidwelly passing a large flock of Fieldfares and a Peregrine before moving on to Kidwelly Quay.  We were impressed with large numbers of Lapwings (we estimated about 2,000 in the area of the town altogether) and a noisy flock of about 200 Golden Plovers.  Lots of Teal and Redshank as usual and a high total of 18 Goldeneye on the main channel.

Ferryside was the next stop with plenty of birds still obvious on a rising tide.  Oystercatchers were the most numerous with about 500.  There were dozens of Curlews and about 100 Black-tailed Godwits and just 3 Bar-tailed Godwits.  A couple of Dunlin and 5 Ringed Plovers were also noted but no sign of the Avocet.

Also during the trip we noticed Red Kites at Carmarthen and Llandeilo.

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