Recent Patching – 8-16/x/14

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks doing a lot of birding on patch, but haven’t really been rewarded yet.

On the 8th, I payed a brief visit to Brynmill Lake, noting that the Coot was still present, but nothing noteworthy was present.

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A visit to Blackpill on the 11th produced a good count of Mediterranean Gulls (118), but little else of interest.

On the 14th, quite some time was spent on the patch. First stop was Blackpill, where along with the usual species a pair of female Eider were present offshore, along with a pair of Great Crested Grebes and most notably a female/immature male Common Scoter – a patch tick!

As I passed Mumbles sea front, I noticed a Rock Pipit on the shoreline.

Arriving at Bishop’s Wood, I realised that birding was going to be tough as the foliage was still very dense. Nonetheless, I still saw a fair few standard woodland species and migrants including Goldcrest, Jay, Chiffchaff, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Mistle Thrush and Sparrowhawk.

On the 16th, a short time was spent in promising conditions early in the morning, but very little was seen – just a Guillemot plus a few Gannet and Kittiwake.

A brief visit home on the weekend allowed for a visit to Goldcliff in the hope of seeing either the Pectoral Sandpiper or the Great-White Egret that had been present, but neither bird was seen. The only noteworthy species present were a Spotted Redshank and a Kingfisher.

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