Sunday, 1 February 2015

Tenby and Amroth

This afternoon I went down to Tenby to do another session of patchworking for the Patchwork Challange 2015. The first bird of note was a Purple Sandpiper feeding amongst 3 Turnstones on the ramp of the old Lifeboat station. 3 Sanderling were feeding on the shoreline of South beach and a group of 8 Ringed Plovers and another 2 Sanderlings were on the rocks by Giltar Point. From the point a quick look out to sea was rewarded with great views of 2 Poropises in Caldey Sound.

At Amroth this evening all the usual were present. Common Scoters (500+), Great Crested Grebes (c30) but only 2 Red-throated Divers. A pleasent surprise was large gull roost, about 800 birds, out in the bay. This gave me a chance to put into practice what I learnt from yesterdays Gull ID day with Dave. The roost was predominately Black-heads, mostly adults but a several 1st winters, a few Herring (adults, 1st, 2nd, 3rd winters) and Great Black-backed and small numbers of Common Gulls (adult and 1st winters) and Kittiwakes. Could well of been something else in the roost but poor light forced me to give up and head home!