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Friday, 23 August 2013

Kenfig Saltmarsh complex

 A couple of record shots of the Wood Sandpiper at the Kenfig Saltmarsh, today. It was first seen about 11:15 and still present when I left the area near to 13:00. I watched this bird from the dunes west of the scrape.
It was interesting to watch it swim, albeit briefly.
Other waders in the area were Lapwing (18), Snipe (8), Dunlin (1), Ringed Plover (11f/o) and a Green Sandpiper initially on Morfa Tip pond before spending some time along the Kenfig River, later returning to the pond.
Duck on the pools inside the Reed-bed included Teal (36) and Gadwall (1)

 The resident Lapwing seem to be doing a good job bringing in the waders and the water levels are great. Better to come from here in September I think...


Barry Stewart said...

Well done Mark - for both finding and getting photos - a Bridgend bird I take it?

Mark Hipkin said...

Thanks Barry. A bit of both counties, although mainly Bridgend. The Scrape is right on the border at the reed-bed side. Clearly the whole issue of west and east is an important one so when I get a chance in the next week or so I'll post what my understanding of the border is and then anyone can comment accordingly. This bird at one point was lost almost right up against the reeds and so, for now at least, I'm happy to record this bird in both NPT and Bridgend.

David Gilmore said...

Nice find and photos