Saturday, 28 January 2012

Back to the coast again

Cold but bright sunny weather saw us turning up at the beach at Cefn Sidan for a walk in the surf.  The English cricket team were falling like nine pins and were 71 for 8 and I could not stand anymore. The sea was fairly calm but the usual hordes of Oystercatchers and Sanderlings lined the shore.  Four Mute Swans flew in from the sea and mobs of Carrion Crows gleaned the beach. Sadly there were the usual irresponsible dog walkers letting their animals constantly disturb the birds.  Despite that the walk was an exhilerating experience and much enjoyed.

Oystercatchers at Cefn Sidan
We ate our lunch at Burry Port Harbour.  The sunshine had brought out lots of walkers and people just sitting in the sun.  How convenient that the Council have closed the toilet block there for the winter.  We walked to the lighthouse and scanned the estuary.  About 40 Great Crested Grebes were scattered around but a group of 50 Cormorants caught my attention as they fished together.  In amongst them was a Red-breasted Merganser and a Great Northern Diver.  Walking back to the car the adult mediterranean Gull was sitting on a post in the harbour.

Male Teal at Kidwelly Quay

We visited Kidwelly Quay as usual and searched the bushes by the Sewerage Works for the Firecrest but to no avail.  We did find 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests, 20 Reed Buntings and a beautiful Grey Wagtail.  Near the river Teal were very approachable feeding really close to the quay.

Whooper Swans alert to an overflying hot air balloon

Heading home in the late afternoon we stopped at Cilsan Bridge where 19 Whooper Swans were very antagonised by a hot air balloon flying overhead.  They eventually flew off. Better sporting news Norwich have beaten West Brom in the FA Cup.

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