Saturday, 6 May 2017

Aberystwyth prom and Tanybwlch

A Common Sandpiper on College rocks was soon followed by nine Turnstones, five Ringed Plover and three Dunlin at Castle point. A party of 22 Dunlin flew north, as did two Whimbrel.
More unexpected were three Bar-tailed Godwits, which flew in from the south and settled on South beach for a few minutes before continuing on their way.
Not a lot offshore, though five Gannets were feeding in the bay, and a Guillemot and Great Crested Grebe made odd neighbours as they drifted along together.
The east wind was stronger at Tanybwlch, where a large number of Swallows and House Martins were feeding over the river, accompanied by a few Sand Martins and the odd Swift.
Three Wheatears, a Chough and a Common Sandpiper were the best of the rest.
Barwits on the beach

Dunlin at Castle Point