Sunday, 30 August 2015

Aberystwyth and Ynyslas

Started at Castle Point where there were 16 Turnstones on the beach. Offshore, three Sandwich Terns went south and a pale morph Arctic Skua went north with a light passage of Manx Shearwaters. A Peregrine was perched on its usual spot on Constitution Hill.
Arrived at Ynyslas for the high tide to find John there so we walked round to the point to look through the waders. A lot of disturbance from dogs at first, but soon the birds were able to settle and although there were plenty more dogs being walked, their owners were more considerate.
Very good numbers and a nice selection of waders in the roost, with rough counts of 950 Dunlin and 500 Ringed Plover, and more exact totals of 9 Turnstones, 25 Sanderling, 15 Knot and 2 Little Stints.
Ca 80 Sandwich Terns took a long time to settle after being flushed off the point, but we couldn't find anything else with them except for 5 Kittiwakes.
Most impressive sight was large numbers of Manx Shearwaters and a few Gannets pouring into the estuary. Its not often you can watch them with Aberdyfi in the background.

Ringed Plover and Little Stint
Manx Shearwaters in the Dyfi Estuary

Harry Pepper