Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Long-tailed Duck: star of the seabird spectacular

I arrived at Borth to find hundreds of Razorbills passing, mostly close in. Many others on the sea, among which were a few Guillemots.  I had hoped for a November Gannet but didn't expect a minimum of 55 past in just a few minutes.  Later there were 20 on the sea off Ynyslas point.
Enormous numbers of gulls, mostly Herring and Black-headed, all along the coast, and when I got to Ynyslas a similar scene up the estuary.
Later, at the far end of the turn car park I was joined by Bob and Roy and soon afterwards a juv Long-tailed Duck flew past then settled on the sea.
Lots more Razorbills, a few Guillemots, nine Red-throated Divers and two Great Crested Grebes.
Glandwr next: 14 Black-tailed Godwits, two Curlews and a Snipe. Among the usual Teal and Mallard were three each of Shoveler and Pintail and two Wigeon.
Back at the road about 90 Lapwings flew over.
Finished up at the layby at Glandyfi for a good look at the Red-breasted Goose (well you never know) and ended on a high as the lingering Great White Egret gave me good, if slightly distant views over by the railway.
Long-tailed Duck
View up the estuary from Ynyslas beach