Sunday, 6 January 2013

Surf's up

The delayed New Years Day bash took us to Pembrokeshire. First stop was Marloes Mere where the resident Glossy Ibis soon put an appearance in, followed not long after by the drake Ring-necked Duck and the four Pink-footed Geese and a fly over Merlin. Mr Bevan picked up a Peregrine which no one else got on to, while Mr Bell was the only one who saw a lone Chough which showed briefly. Last up was a second year, male, Hen Harrier which put up some 60 snipe.

The Gann was next up and after the obligatory break for coffee, Mr Gaze found the Long-billed Dowitcher, in the opposite direction the rest of us were looking! Decent fillers for the site included Grey Plover, Red-breasted Merg',Goldeneye, GN Diver, Med Gull, and Shag.

While at the Gann we got word that the female type Surf Scoter was off the beach at Broad Haven, so a short ride later Mr Gaze got us all on to the bird.

We decided to finish the day making a short detour on the way home to look for Whopper Swans and Tree Sparrows at Cilsan Bridge and Dryslwyn in Carmarthenshire. Unfortunately neither species put an appearance in. A Dunlin in the Lapwing flock at Dryslwyn was a surprise however.

A decent day out with 82 species in total recorded by at least one of us.

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