Sunday, 25 March 2012

A Twitch to Pembrokeshire

Marloes Mere in the sunshine

I finally gave in and in wonderful weather we set off west ending up at Marloes Mere.  We did not have to wait long and the three Glossy Ibises put on a brief show.  They flew up from cover and fed along the shore of the Mere for a while before going back out of sight.  We also noted a Willow Warbler singing, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler and 9 Teal.

Glossy Ibis photographed in France

We continued down to the coast and took a walk on the Deer Park.  It was blustery on the exposed cliffs and with great difficulty holding the scope we identified rafts of Guillemots and a few Razorbills plus 2 Shags and a Kittiwake.  Much easier was a splendid Chough which after announcing its arrival fed on the short turf nearby.  A fine male Stonechat perched on a gorse bush but no Wheatears which was disappointing.

Pale-bellied Brent Geese at Dale beach

Next the Gann where the tide was way out.  I could just see 8 Brent Geese in the distance but decided to head on for Dale.  It was a good decision because 46 superb Pale-bellied Brent Geese were feeding on the beach.  I walked down to the tide edge and the birds were very accommodating allowing me as many pictures as I wanted.

A Chough photographed at Dale Airfield on a previous visit

We finished off with a walk on Dale Airfield.  Most exhilarating but no migrants but a nice group of 7 Choughs.  A great day in fantastic spring weather.

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