Sunday, 7 August 2016

Today's field trip

Five of us met at a blustery Llanrhystud beach car park for a walk south along the coast. A couple of Wheatears along the approach road and a Kestrel started us off as we set off into the wind, led by Aline.
We had a good look at a raft of 62 Mediterranean Gulls on the sea, but others were passing in small numbers during the outing.
After a couple of  Ringed Plovers on the way we reached the bay where the Peris enters the sea and tried to do an accurate count of the waders on the beach; quite difficult when facing into a stiff wind.
Ended up with 28 Curlew (and a similar number of Oystercatchers), four Turnstones, a Dunlin and at least 30 Ringed Plovers. Still plenty of Sand Martins around the breeding cliff and adjacent fields.
On the way back we managed brief views of a Whitethroat and a few more Wheatears.

Bird list:- Pied Wagtail, Herring Gull, Swallow, Rook, Jackdaw, Oystercatcher, Black-headed Gull, Kestrel, Linnet, Red Kite, Manx Shearwater, Buzzard, Ringed Plover, House Sparrow, Wheatear, Mediterranean Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Cormorant, Rock Pipit, Sand Martin, Whitethroat, Curlew, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Dunlin, Turnstone, Stonechat.