Back on Patch Again – 22/ix/14

I’ve not been out birding for a couple of weeks, as I’ve been busy moving back to uni. So this evening I decided it was about time that I get back out there and do some!

I headed down to Brynmill Lake and started scanning. A Cormorant was showing very well on the island and a Grey Heron was roosting in the trees on the NW side of the lake. Many ducks were present, mainly Mallard with 71 noted, but also present were six Tufted Duck and perhaps more noticeably – three Wigeon. Seven Moorhen were present (including two juveniles), but most noticeable was the single Coot which was a patch tick for me!

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Moving on, I headed down Brynmill Lane, and started heading south along the beach. A small flock of tits was heading through the trees behind the beach – 11 Long-Tailed Tits, 2 Great Tits and a Blue Tit. A juvenile Bar-Tailed Godwit showed very well further down the beach, allowing for some decent pictures.

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The highlight of the day followed shortly, as a pair of winter plumage adult Sandwich Terns flew south along the shoreline, calling occasionally. A patch tick for me, and also a new species in a welsh context!

There was a high concentration of gulls at the river mouth at Blackpill. Totals were; 22 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Kittiwake, 7 Great Black-Backed Gull, 24 Common Gulls, 45 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 181 Black-Headed Gulls and 209 Herring Gull.

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