A Weekend Of Firsts

Sunday, October 12, 2008 Adam Tilt 0 Comments


Due to the glorious weather this weekend I succeeded in getting out and covering most of the Burry Inlet as well as parts of the Gower, Ogmore estuary and Kenfig NNR.

Saturday was spent navigating the Burry Inlet as well as taking in Port Eynon. In all we saw 52 species. The highlights included Treecreeper, Whimbrel and a Sandwich Tern at Kidwelly Quay, along with Goldcrest and a Grey Wagtail at the nearby sewage works. Port Eynon was equally productive producing the first sightings of Turnstone's this winter (19 in total) as well as a group of 5 juvenile Ringed Plovers. On the drive back we were fortunate to see a flock of 6 Brent Geese at Wernfrwdd. This is a lifetime first for me. Definitely an area to check out at high tide in the future.

On Sunday we headed over to Ogmore-on-Sea. It is an absolutely beautiful area providing an excellent walk up the estuary and along the river. I would definitely recommend a visit if you ever get the chance. An added bonus here was a Whooper Swan which has been on the river for about a week or so with a group of Mute Swans. This is my first official Whooper in Wales and we got some excellent views. From Ogmore we moved onto Kenfig. The original intention had been to look for the Black Necked Grebe which had been seen on the Saturday, but this had unfortunately departed. After a tip off though we headed down to Sker beach to look for a recently arrived flock of Golden Plovers. Due to the number of surfers on the beach though there were no birds present. Fortunately on the way back to the car a flock of about 300 came swooping in and spent a good five minutes flocking through the sky before finally settling out of view further along the coast. Another lifetime first for me and an excellent way to round off a tiring but very rewarding weekend.

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