Thursday, 22 December 2011

Caught in the Rain

The weather looked a bit like it might get out after a damp start.  I decided to go out anyway.  I stopped first at Cilsan Bridge in the Tywi Valley to check out the swan flock.  I was pleased to find 19 Whooper Swans but sadly with only two juveniles.  They obviously have not had a great breeding season.  The weather was still gloomy so depsite the flock being close no pictures were possible.

Whooper Swans at Cilsan Bridge on a previous occasion

I moved on to Kidwelly Quay and as usual there were hundreds of wildfowl and waders.  Large flocks of Teal were obvious and hundreds of Lapwings and Golden Plovers.  Smaller numbers of Redshanks and Curlew were also present but no sign of the Long-billed Dowitcher which was found again yesterday after going missing for a couple of  months.  Then the rain came with a vengeance.

Golden Plovers

I drove home but stopped briefly again by Cilsan Bridge.  The Whooper Swans were still there but now split into a flock of 15 on feild and 4 on another. Five Goosanders were on a piece of flooded grassland.

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