Friday, 6 January 2012

Lull after the storms

Song Thrush singing
At last the winds have abated and the first noticeable thing stepping out into the garden is the arrival of bird song.  I heard Song Thrush, Great Tit, Robin and Dunnock this morning.

Black-tailed Godwits feeding at Penclacwydd

I decided to go out and headed for Penclacwydd.  The wildfowl were obviously delighted at the change in the weather as a few birds were starting to display.  Apart from the usual species a female Goosander was preening from the Peter Scott hide.  From the British Steel Hide nice views of a group of Black-tailed Godwits feeding feverishly.

Grerat Crested Grebe

I moved on to Pwll and half way to Burry Port Harbour counted a group of about 20 Great Crested Grebes and 2 male Red-breasted Mergansers. A Kestrel hovered overhead but no sign of any Slavonian Grebe or Great Northern Diver.

 Moving on to Kidwelly Quay I spent some time near the Sewerage Works looking for the Firecrest but failed again even though somebody saw it an hour later.  I did manage a Chiffchaff and 6 Goldcrests plus 2 Green Sandpipers on the flooded field..  Six Goldeneye were in the river and 12 Greenshanks near the railway bridge.  I looked from the Glan-yr-Afon Local Nature reserve but no sign of the Long-billed Dowitcher today.  The the rain returned and I headed for home.

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