Thursday, 20 August 2020

Borth, Ynyslas and Llanrhystud

First stop this morning was Borth lifeboat station.  Enormous numbers of birds offshore, most obviously thousands of Manx Shearwaters, many close inshore but stretching as far as the eye could see; also hundreds of Kittiwakes and Gannets.
To Ynyslas, where I met up with Andy Dent.  Huge numbers of birds at the point, where everything very flighty in the blustery conditions, making accurate counts impossible for most species. 
There were certainly at least a thousand Ringed Plover and  ca700 Dunlin, accompanied by  21 Knot and at least 12 Sanderling.  Also a very large roost of gulls and terns, including ca800 Kittiwakes. and around 80 Common Terns, from which we picked out two Arctic Terns before everything went up. 
Two overflying Black-tailed Godwits and a Swift added variety, and  we met Andre Marsh on the way back.
Then to Llanrhystud.  Two or three Wheatears went through, and on the flooded field were large numbers of alba wagtails.  Best of all, a little group of seven Dunlin and two Ringed Plover were joined by a Curlew Sandpiper.

A few of the Ringed Plovers