Sunday, 6 March 2011

Old Colwyn Surf Scoters are back 12 months on!

The perfect light tempted me up to Rainbow Bridge, Old Colwyn this afternoon. I sat on top of the rocky outcrop scanning the vast rafts of Common Scoter for two hours before connecting with two drake Surf Scoters. The birds were distant but sood out like a sore thumb in the near perfect light, bobbing up and down together amongst a huge flock of Common scoter. Other birds included 45 Red throated Diver, 112 Great Crested Grebe, 8000+ Common Scoter and several Guillemots and Razorbill (a Clwyd description bird believe it or not!). The dodgy picture above was taken from the same spot last year.

On the way home I stopped to scan the large gull flock west of Rhos Point which is feeding on wrecked starfish. The whole coast here is awash with large gulls at low tide with several thousand birds. At least ten Northern 'argentatus' birds were picked out, but nothing rarer as hoped for. It's only a matter of time before this flock must pull in something rarer. The photo here shows just a small part of the flock!

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