Monday, 28 January 2013

River Clwyd

Despite the howling gales yesterday, I braved the Clwyd to try and boost my January total in my slightly adapted version of 'car it', then footit! Managing to miss the Black Throated Diver and the WF Geese and now the Ruff, I stumbled across a cool Jack Snipe that flushed along with a couple of Common Snipe.
100+ Golden Plover present on the East side of the Clwyd in Fields with plenty of Fieldfares and Redwings. This was followed by a cracking Female Merlin and 2 Pink Footed Geese amongst the flock of Greylags on the West bank. Skylark and Meadow Pipit numbers increased greatly over the cold spell as did the number of Dunlin on the Marine Lake exceeding 250. Small numbers of Ringed Plover were also present. From the beach, 120 Sanderling were present along with a great Gull roost, nothing special amongst them, not even a dodgy hybrid! Snow Buntings still about though.
A seawatch yesterday produced 2-3 RTD's and a very good candidate for GND (but at a distance, very difficult to nail) along with a good passage of close Common Scoter and Great Crested Grebes.
Bar-Tailed Godwit always worth mentioning, with a couple of Little Egrets, and ducks were up to with 8 Goldeneye, 3 Gooseander, plenty of Teal, Mallards, 6 Little Grebe and the drake Scaup.

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