Saturday, 4 October 2014

Down Gower way

For the second weekend in a row I was down the far end of the Gower. This time it was a pre-coaching visit to Rhossili and Mewslade. Birding was quiet but I did clock at least 24 Chough, a single Merlin and a Dartford Warbler. A calling Tawny Owl in Mewslade was notable. As the sun came out, so did the butterflies (all in Mewslade). A Red Admiral, followed by a Painted Lady, then 3 or 4 Wall (a year tick for me).
A quick walk out onto the sands a Swansea Bay, off Blackpill, produced about a dozen Med Gulls, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and, best of all, a first winter Ring-billed Gull. 4 Pintail were a surprise.

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