Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Cold enough for winter

Now the rain has stopped we manage to get out with a long walk in our minds after so much food and drink.


We begin at Kidwelly Quay but as soon as we leave the car we realise that the wind is bitter making it almost impossible to steady a scope and tripod.  Hearing that the Long-billed Dowitcher had been seen earlier I searched and searched the flocks of birds under the railway bridge. There were hordes of Redshanks and Teal and even 10 Greenshanks.  A large flock of Lapwings was on the saltmarsh but no sign of our American visitor.


We abandoned a walk on Cefn Sidan and instead went across to Ferryside hoping to catch a glimpse of the recently reported Avocet at Llansteffan.  No luck here either as dozens of dogs were rushing around the beach putting up birds everywhere.  Accompanying owners seemingly ignorant of the mayhem their animals were causing.  We headed home and had time to note 10 Whooper Swans amongst the Mutes at Cilsan Bridge but most of the latter were in the air having been flushed by a lady in red who was walking in the fields.  Not a good day for birds or birdwatchers.

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