Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Yesterday; from Aberystwyth to Ynyshir

Two Dunlin had joined 16 Turnstones and 14 Ringed Plover on the beach, 15 Common Scoter flew north and five Med Gulls were just off the harbour entrance.
Two visiting friends and I then drove to Borth, where they had their first experience of a Manx Shearwater feeding frenzy;  thousands of them and ca 180 Gannets, just off the lifeboat house. An amazing sight, especially when seen for the first time. It has to be one of the great wildlife spectacles.
By the time we dragged ourselves away and got to Ynyslas the tide was at its peak. Similar numbers of waders to yesterday. We joined John and he and I each did a count of Sandwich Terns: me 345, John 347.
Then to Ynyshir, where we met Red, who had had an imm Marsh Harrier earlier. Five Green Sandpipers on the pool below the picnic area.
A couple of pleasant hours then spent in the Ynys Feurig hide. Apart from a flypast by the Marsh Harrier, on the pool was a lovely Black-tailed Godwit in summer plumage. Signs of autumn were a Barnacle Goose and 14 Wigeon.  A small wader which had been giving brief and partially obscured views eventually revealed itself as a Wood Sandpiper. 

I know the manxie feeding rafts have been photographed many times, but I couldn't resist it, and they'll be gone soon

Harry Pepper