Robins, Redwings and Rain

Tuesday, November 01, 2011 Adam Tilt 22 Comments


Robins, Redwings and rain - three words that sum up this past weekend perfectly.

I spent both Saturday and Sunday at the local WWT reserve near Llanelli, partly due to the fact that I needed to be in range of home for work commitments but mostly because it's been such a long time since I have properly explored its pools and marshes. To my surprise it was remarkably warm for the time of year with temperatures peaking at sixteen Celsius, but even that couldn't make up for the sheets of rain that kept blowing in off the Burry. Fortunately the sun battled its way through the clouds on Sunday just long enough to illuminate this friendly Robin.

25243 - Robin, Llanelli WWT

25244 - Robin, Llanelli WWT

With most of the trees now bereft of their leaves it is once again easier to find and observe many of our woodland birds. The reserves plantations were crawling with Goldcrests who appear to have had a particularly good year as well as passing flocks of Long Tailed Tits and the occasional Bullfinch. A Treecreeper was also a nice find given that we haven't seen one there for some time. I was pleased to see that the autumn migrants have started to arrive with at least eight Redwings spotted across both days. Relatively tame in the depths of winter they are currently very skittish and fled at the merest hint of a human approach. They are definitely my target species over the next couple of months as I have yet to get a decent photograph of one despite trying for the past two years. Wish me luck.

25247 - Tufted Duck, Llanelli WWT

Out on the pools waterfowl numbers are really starting to build with at least 215 Wigeon and 25 Shoveller present. Shellduck numbers were also pretty good as were Teal, but surprisingly there were very few Gadwall. They are normally a mainstay at the reserve so it was slightly bemusing to see so few. What was impressive though was the number of Pintails in front of the Heron Wing Hide. I normally count one or two as a good effort but on both days there were upwards of 72, a personal record for me which has been eclipsed today be a warden count of 124. Very nice indeed.

25248 - Coot, Llanelli WWT

Bad weather and high tides meant that water levels were high across the site, somewhat limiting feeding opportunities for waders. 51 Black Tailed Godwits and a Greenshank from the British Steel Hide were as good as things got, not forgetting the single Dunlin which is a species I haven't recorded there all that often. If the promised cold weather ever gets here this great start should get even better.

22 comments:

  1. Aren't they so beautiful, its the way you take them.

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  2. your robin is spectacular! adorable birds! and the coot's feet always freak me out a bit - looks like he's wearing silvery smelt-like fish for feet!

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  3. Nice going Adam!
    When I see a really great bird photo I make a little noise that sounds like I've just had a taste of some fantastic apple pie. Ummm!
    I just made that noise four times. The robins are over the top! Most appreciated.
    Bravo!

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  4. I love the robin, very different that the bird that goes by that name in the US. Maybe your gadwalls emigrated, I saw lots of them while birding in the Sacramento Valley ;)

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  5. Great photos - especially the robin. It's interesting to hear how the birds are changing with the arrival of colder weather.

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  6. I love your friendly robins. They are so like our flame robin females. Beautiful shots all round.

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  7. Hi there - good luck with the Redwings! I once spent two days involved in trying to trap them for ringing - not very successfully I must add!

    Nice to see some birds from my old stamping ground.

    Cheers - Stewart M -Australia

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  8. Beautiful robin and great shots. Awesome duck capture and I love the coot. Great birds and good luck. Happy Birding!

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  9. The reflection of the duck is lovely. Tufted ducks are my favourite duck species.

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  10. Your robins are beautiful. All great shots Adam. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  11. Cracking set Adam.
    I love that shot of the Coot.

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  12. Great shots!! Love the little Robin!

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  13. They are so lovely, especially Robins:)

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  14. all of these are great shots - hard to pick one I like more than the others

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  15. Sweet shots! I really enjoyed your Robin.

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  16. Fantastic photos Adam...you really captured these birds perfectly....I LOVE THE FEET incredible!!

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  17. the little Robin is one of my favorites but I did not see much of them this year. So I am glad to see your shots. :)

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  18. Great shots, Adam! The duck is especially lovely!

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  19. Fantastic close-up's, Adam! Nice job!

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  20. Awesome photos Adam! I love your Robins but for some reason, that Coot photo really intrigues me. It sounds like a great day all in all! Good luck with the Redwings, you'll get it!

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  21. Thanks everyone for your very kind comments. Definitely something with which to brighten these dark winter evenings.

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