Sunday, 4 December 2016

The Teifi over the weekend

Still some good numbers on the Teifi, c30000 Starlings came into the reedbed on the Reserve to roost this evening. A Common Buzzard and a Peregrine - which flew off with a captured Magpie were the only raptors. The Magpie roost is usually near the Osprey nest platform and can number 30-50 birds.
Teal included 148 at Creek Hide and c450 Wigeon are around the estuary.  8 Goosander and 6 Goldeneye  are on the river above Priory Bridge. A Great-crested Grebe in the bay was unusual, the  3 Little Grebes more typical.
Waders today included c60 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank. 2 Grey Plover, a few Ringed Plover and at least 1 Bar-tailed Godwit.

Poppit Sands early morning Wendy J
Plenty of winter thrushes around and Mistle Thrushes seen at 4 locations around the Teifi today. Goldcrests are still widespread but the only Warbler, a Cetti's singing yesterday.
Mid morning a large Gull flock was feeding off Cemaes Head just inside the bay. c500 small Gulls, a mix of Black-headed, Kittiwakes and Common Gulls were presumably feeding on Whitebait or something near the surface. Interestingly the large gulls were not interested !
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