Sunday, 9 May 2021

High tide at Ynyslas

There was a constant stream of Swallows coming down the estuary this morning; up to fifty or so visible at a time.  I was positioned between the tern posts and the Leri mouth, where there were Dunlin and a few Ringed  Plovers and Whimbrel at the top of the tide.  Other waders flew in as the tide receded and I ended up with counts of 280 Dunlin, 41 Ringed Plover, 25 Whimbrel, nine Sanderling and a Turnstone.

Then it was round to the boatyard for a look at Ynys Tachwedd fields, where I was soon joined by Simon Cox.  65 Dunlin and four Ringed Plovers were quite flighty and also on the fields were three Whimbrel, four Shelducks and at least five Wheatears.  Simon found a Curlew near the Whimbrel and a Whinchat, which disappeared before I could get on to it, of course.