Friday, 30 August 2013

Down Gower way

With a freshning South Westerly I decided to give sea watching from Tutt Head, Mumbles a go this am. After an hour I gave up - the highlight being a pair of Common Scoter!
From there is was over to Cwm Ivy to talk the long walk out to Whiteford. The Elder bushes just below Cwm Ivy were full of Blackcaps - at least a dozen - with a few Chiffies, Blackbirds and Song Thrush's thrown into the mix. The walk through Cwm Ivy woods produced little but on joining the main track to the point a Spotted Fly and a family part of Bullfinches livened things up a little. A juv' Green 'pecker on the saltmarsh was unusual, but not totally unexpected, but other than that little was seen on the walk out.
At the point, Oyk's dominated with smaller numbers of Curlew and singles of Turnstone and Whimbrel. Just round the corner 3 juv' Little Stints were found on the edge of the sandy beach, while 19 Eider loafed on a sand bar.
Lunch was taken by the hide, waiting to see what the tide pushed up - not a lot - a single Curlew Sand' and two Barwit's being the highlights.
Butterflies on the wing were mainly Meadow Brown and Common Blue, but a couple of Greyling were found.

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