Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Broad Haven and Dowrog

Good to see so many out enjoying the birds and sunshine this afternoon. Our tally at Broad Haven was almost exactly as Bob and Annie, 30 RT diver, 3 GN diver and the GC grebe, we eventually picked up the 3 Velvet scoters way out in the bay, conspicuous by the fact they were keeping away from the main scoter flock, we could just make out the white secondary panel in the bright sunshine and when they occasionally flapped, all first winter, 1m, 2f. Heading back to the car we bumped into Merv Hopkins watching the scoters with the 4 Eider alongside just by Emmet Rock (looked like the usual 2 2cy m and females). A brief stop at Newgale, but no sign of any pipits on the saturated campsite just 5 Curlew getting up off the marsh. 

Onto the Dowrog, which was well attended. A wheezy Greenfinch greeted us. We then managed some prolonged views of 2 Short-eared owls, a male and ringtail hen harrier, both of which perched up in view for a while and brief views of a distant Barn owl. Stunning sunset with mist filling the hollows.