Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Cleddau Estuary

A nice day out (what amazing weather!) with Lyn and Phil looking for gulls and waders around the Cleddau Estuary.  Selected highlights included 17 Brent Geese at Angle (16 adult hrota, and 1 2CY bernicla) along with 30+ Pintail there and the 2 Common Scoter noted previously.

At Llanstadwell Polish ringed Black-headed Gull TC74, which I noted there on 29/8/21, still present.

Lots of birds at Hook, surprisingly no Golden Plover, but 10 Great-crested Grebe were notable, and geese numbered at least 100 Greylag and 300 Canada (there was also an odd hybrid in there - Canada x something...perhaps Greylag?).  Also in with the Shelduck was the odd Shelduck species noted in November by Graham Brace at Llangwm - it looks like, but not quite right for, one of the southern hemisphere shelduck species (e.g. close to Australian Shelduck). Whatever it is, it is quite smart.  In the gulls gathering pre-roost we picked out 4 Mediterranean Gull (2 adults, 2 3CY).