Friday, 29 July 2016

Along the coast

A short seawatch from the fish factory at New Quay produced small numbers of the usual species, and re-acquainted me with the distinctive aroma, while daydreaming of autumn gales.
Next to the beach car park at Llanon.  A Sparrowhawk was mobbed by hirundines over Plas Morfa and two Choughs flew south along the beach.  On the spit to the south were 75 Med Gulls.
At Llansantffraed the tide was well out, but careful scanning revealed four Curlews, two Ringed Plover, a Common Sandpiper and eight Turnstones, all in pristine summer plumage.  I wonder where they have come from.
Not much at Llanrhystud except for about 30 Med Gulls near the river mouth and a Sandwich Tern.
As I had a little shopping to do and Morrisons is so close to Blaendolau fields, I couldn't resist a count of the Med Gulls; 220 there today around noon.