Friday, 2 February 2018


After the recent rain and cold winds it was a pleasure to get out on a calm sunny morning, so Bob, John and I joined forces for a look at what the high tide had brought.
We chose the Ynys Feurig hide.  Lots of the commoner waders on the pools, including 195 Dunlin and at least 200 Redshank with probably at least as many Curlews and hundreds of Lapwings, many in the fields to the west.
Also on the pools were 11 Shoveler and scanning the river revealed 10 Pintail, two male Goldeneye, a male Red-breasted Merganser and three Great Crested Grebes.  Raptor highlights were a male Merlin and a ringtail Hen Harrier.
Back at the visitor centre we enjoyed the unusual sight of Great and Little Egret and Grey Heron together.
John and I called in at the Clettwr on the way home and found a Green Sandpiper and a Grey Wagtail.
The one on the right is a Little Egret, honest
Distant Merlin