Glossy Ibis at Kidwelly Quay
The discovery of this individual means that Glossy Ibis has now been recorded in Carmarthenshire during September for the last three years running, a trend started by the amazing flock that spent a couple of days feeding at Burry Port back in 2009. Although I missed out on the 2010 birds I did see one that year flying over Kenfig NNR. Having such an exotic bird as an almost regular visitor to the area is very exciting and something that I hope will continue.
After the Ibis had departed we used the last of the remaining light to have a quick scan over the estuary. The Redshanks were out in force again and had been joined by a single Lapwing and two Common Sandpipers. Just out of range from my telescope was another wader, asleep and with a prominent white line above its eye being the only discernible feature other than its comparable size to a Redshank. I didn't think much more of it until I got home to find that a Long Billed Dowitcher had been seen that evening in exactly the same location. Had I possibly seen it but not realised what I was looking at, or was it just another Redshank in failing light? If only I'd had a little more time to wait and see if the bird showed its beak. Another of those great birding what ifs.