Friday, 22 November 2019

Sanderling to Treecreeper

18th-21st November
Porthcawl, Barrow Tanks, Newton St Loe
Blue Skies, Very Overcast & Grey.
Species Highlights: 
Sanderling, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Purple Sandpiper, Black Throated Diver, Long Tailed Duck, Treecreeper.

In pursuit of now Lauren's effort to get to #200BirdYear we headed of on Monday morning to Porthcawl again, 3rd week in a row!
Red-Backed Shrike, plus Firecrest, Siberian Chiffchaff had been seen so off we went, our first stop was at Newton Point and a few waders, in fact Sanderling, Ringed Plover, Purple Sandpiper, Grey Plover and Oystercatcher.

A excellent little spot, dog walkers moved on the birds after a few shots, from here we drove the short distance to Porthcawl to look for the Red-Backed Shrike, finding the field and no sign so we met a couple more birders who were looking with no sign we turned around and re-entered the field where now 3/4 birders were lined up watching the
Shrike by the time we got to them the bird had disappeared, after almost a hour still no sign. We moved on to Kenfig a Chiffchaff was the best of it. A walk from there down to Sker across badly marked footpaths, Golf Course (say no more!!!) prove unsuccessful.

A Black Throated Diver was at Barrow Tanks, so on way home we dropped in. The Diver as they normally are, was in the middle of the tanks but a year tick for us both.

Long Tailed Duck looking great, also present was a Snow Bunting but despite other birders seeing this bird we couldn't locate, mainly due to a Sparrowhawk and the sun disappearing.

The Sun had now dropped below the skyline so we headed home with 2 ticks for the day.

Busy at home, decorating my next outing was Thursday and this week I had company, Tony Cook joined me. We started off slowly but once into Village had little pockets of birds, the Yews near Newton St Loe Church prove to be good with Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, and Greenfinch, sorry skies were very grey and photography was a challenge.

3/4 Greenfinch also feeding on berries.

A closer subject Robin, looking for a snack.
Send a Cow woodland we had a good flock of Blue tits, Great Tit and Treecreeper.

Kingfisher, Grey Heron on bottom lake and flocks of Goldfinch.

While trying to work out if there was anything else in the Goldfinch flock a Treecreeper flew and landed close to us.

It stopped and just sat there allowing me to get some decent shots, a bit unusual!

Whooper Swan still on top Lake, 28 days days now.

At the Dam end it came within feet of us!

Also Top Lake 150+ Black Headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull and Herring Gull it was full of Gulls, with more circling overhead. This Raven flew over checking out the commotion on his Patch.
Me and Tony ended our walk with a respectable 45 species.

So another week over and a further 2 ticks added to Lauren's list, join us next week to see if she'll get the last 5..... or not.

Wayne Year Bird List: 205
Lauren Year Bird List: 195

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