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Saturday, 25 May 2013

Woodchat and Waders

The male Woodchat Shrike showed well at the Kefig Saltmarsh this morning 09:30 till after 11:00 when a number of us left it. I think that the location that this bird seems to favour is not well described by Morfa Tip as was originally reported by me. By all accounts, and including today's show by the bird, the salt marsh and haul road leading back towards the steelworks would be more appropriate. Public access on the West Glam side is still unclear but many long established paths are in use in the area. Problems can occur when entering into areas where heavy machinery is operating, this should be avoided. However, I see no reason why choosing an elevated position near to the new footbridge overlooking the area but away from heavy plant operations should cause any problems.
It's a cracking bird and I enjoyed watching it consume a number of bumble bees one of which looked like the Tree Carder Bee (B. hypnorum). Luckily they're quite common now. Good company too, today. (RJ, MOx, DP, GP, JR, SRH, DL, AMe, NS et al)

On to Crymlyn Burrows for the evening's high tide roost, which is usually good on 'big tides' when good numbers of the smaller waders seem to gather here.
8 Whimbrel, 249 Ringed Plover, 173 Dunlin and 54 sanderling. No other wader species was also quite interesting I thought.

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