Monday, 2 January 2012

The Yanks in the 2012 bag!

Sun at last even if with very wintry showers now and again.  Out looking to add to my 2012 list.  reading that the Long-billed Dowitcher was being seen upstream from the railway bridge at Kidwelly I made my way to the Glan-yr-Afon Local Nature Reserve on the north shore of the river and after a short while found the bird happily feeding with Redshanks.  Despite the poorish light I did manage a few photographs.

Long-billed Dowitcher at Kidwelly

The Kidwelly Quay area too was as good as ever with 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, Goldeneye, 8 Little Grebes, 10 Greenshanks, 2 Little Egrets and impressively around 2,000 Golden Plovers.  By the Sewerage station I found Goldcrest and Green Sandpiper but no Firecrest or Chiffchaffs.

Long-billed Dowitcher at Kidwelly

We checked out Cefan Sidan beach but there was a howling gale with attendant sand storm so we gave up.

1 comment:

  1. Now THAT is a long billed Long-billed! And you even got a good shot of the tail.

    Joan and I started the year with 12 Lesser Yellowlegs on our New Year's Day, Christmas Bird Count on Mason Neck here in Northern Virginia. It is part of the Fort Belviour CBC. Six woodpecker species was nice and 5000 Lesser Scaup were an impressive site. The day ended with a Great Horned Owl booming away as the sun set and a half a dozen Bald Eagles went to their roost trees.

    Harpy New Year!