Monday, 20 August 2012

Afternoon with Waders

The weather was pleasant after lunch so I set off for the WWT reserve at Penclacwydd as there had been a Curlew Sandpiper there yesterday and I had not caught up with this species this year.  Settling down in the British Steel Hide I started scanning through the birds.  The most obvious was a young Spoonbill standing out on the saltmarsh. It was soon joined by a Little Egret.

Little Egret

A large group of about 70 Black-tailed Godwits were roosting close to the hide with c30 Redshanks, 7 Greenshanks, 2 Ruff and a Whimbrel.  There was no sign of the Curlew Sandpiper.


I moved on to Kidwelly Quay again looking for waders.  A single Turnstone beyond the railway bridge was a bit unusual for this site.  A flock of about 40 Redshanks was much more expected.  Two Greenshanks and a Green Sandpiper flew over calling and 4 Common Sandpipers fed on the muddy edge of the channel.

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