Wednesday, 10 February 2016

To the pillbox

John and I met up this morning for a walk up the Dyfi estuary to catch the high tide (5.5m).  After seemingly endless stormy days it was a real pleasure to be out on a calm and sunny morning. Not too cold either.
On reaching the pillbox we stopped to examine the wader roost.  A nice little collection of seven Bar-tailed Godwits, six Grey Plover and the three Knot which we had flushed on the way.
Nearby were six pale-bellied Brent Geese, three adults and three imm.  Moderate numbers of Oystercatcher and Curlew increased enormously when the tide began to fall and others flew in. Also, at least 25 Redshank.
Wildfowl on the river were resplendent in the sunshine, particularly the large numbers of Pintail and Wigeon. Scanning through revealed three Shoveler,
At one point, a flock of 20 Little Egrets flew up from behind the trees and scattered. Later a very large flock of Golden Plover took to the air in the distance near the Clettwr.
All in all, a very enjoyable morning's birding.