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At 6.15 this evening Chris Bird was in Morrisons car park when his attention was drawn to a flock of corvids causing a commotion over Blaendolau fields. He looked up to see a large female Goshawk, which then dropped down to the fields and out of sight.
Never thought I'd see Ynyslas SO busy! Guess it's Bank Hols syndrome...nonetheless with the lowest "High " tide ever , there were hundreds of Ringed Plovs and Dunlin out crouched amongst the stones by the old wreck. As for counting them...tee hee! It would have taken all day.
27 Ringed Plover and two Turnstones on the rocks at Castle Point when I arrived about eight this morning.
Lots of activity offshore: a fairly distant feeding raft of ca800 Manx Shearwaters constantly moving back and forth, with a few Gannets joining in. Also, around 90 Black-headed Gulls and ca10 Kittiwakes. I was fascinated to see two Bottle-nosed Dolphins swim slowly through a raft of manxies, which seemed completely unperturbed.
Other odds and ends were four Shelduck heading south, a Fulmar and three Med Gulls,
The highlight was a dark morph Arctic Skua chasing a Kittiwake around the sky. a feeding strategy which has aptly been described as robbery with violence.
I was joined for the last 20 minutes or so by an unusual visitor; Andy James, who had been watching
a female Kingfisher feeding in the harbour.
Just to say be careful when approaching any bird with a dagger beak but particularly gannets: a fellow lost his eye a couple of years ago at Swansea beach when helping a downed gannet….high price to pay.