Work being what it is at the moment meant that I could only spare a couple of hours weekend before last and the WWT reserve at Llanelli sounded like just the ticket. Rocking up at the Michael Powell Hide mid afternoon we were treated to great views of six Greenshank and a snoozing Grey Heron before I managed to pick out a rather nice summer plumaged Mediterranean Gull amongst the hoards of Bobs (Black Headed Gulls to the rest of you). Concentrating a little harder on the flock turned up another four individuals in quick succession, easily my highest count for the species here and an excellent personal record as well. Sadly all were too distant for photos as was another pair of Meds over on the main lagoon. These latter birds were particularly special though as they had with them a chick, the second year in a row that these rare (nationally at least) gulls have had breeding success here.
It’s not just the Meds which have been getting down to business either with young Shelducks (humbugs), Coots, Moorhens, Mallards, Jackdaws, Black Headed Gulls, Greylag Geese and Tufted Ducks all seen. Also about were a couple of Lapwings, eighteen Redshank and a solitary Swallow, not forgetting of course all the regulars. Hopefully next time my visit will last a little longer.