Sunday, March 11, 2012

Scoter soup

I met up with Alex again today, starting our day out in North Wales at Llanddulas. There were 'lots' of Common Scoter offshore — like tens of thousands sort of 'lots'. Alex skilfully picked out two drake Surf Scoters; I managed to get onto one before it melted back into the flock.
There's a Surf Scoter in there somewhere. Possibly.

Next, to The Spinnies; a couple of Greenshank and a load of Little Egrets were on the estuary, a pair of Goosander were on the pool, and two Slavonian Grebes were offshore along with plenty of Red-breasted Mergansers, Goldeneye, Wigeon etc.

Then up to Holyhead where we located the 2cy Rosy Starling with Common Starlings. We picked it up it in trees a couple of streets away from where we were stood but my the time we'd got round there it had done one.

The best we could muster in Holyhead harbour was two Common Guillemots. Onwards to a foggy South Stack where a pair of Chough and a Raven were by the upper car park.

Valley Lakes RSPB was full of Shoveler but not a great deal else — I thought I heard a Bittern, though I could have been a train...

We added to our Slavonian Grebe day-tally at Penrhos country park with three birds in Beddmanarch Bay.

Then it was back to The Spinnies where at least three drake Common Eider were offshore and a (the) 3cy Iceland Gull was loafing on the now flooded estuary.

We finished the day at Pensarn where three Mediterranean Gulls were on the beach — one adult and two 3cy birds. One of the 3cy birds was ringed (green darvik) but, typically, was the one of the three that flew before we could get any closer.

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