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Saturday, 6 December 2014

Long-tailed Duck at Crymlyn Burrows

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A longed for patch tick this afternoon from Crymlyn Burrows - female type Long-tailed Duck was feeding on the Aberavon side of the shipping channel. Also present 3 Shelducks, 4 Common Scoters, 5 Red-throated Divers, 358 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Knots, 151 Ringed Plovers, 729 Dunlins, 1 Snipe, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits and 11 Turnstones. Sanderlings present but not counted.
The Dunlin numbers today are the highest I've ever counted at this location and the small wader flock have been gradually increasing in size at Crymlyn for the last few months. This is in stark contrast to Blackpill where they have been largely absent. The displacement will probably be only temporary and once the university campus opens next year the flock are likely roam more widely across the bay. For now this relatively quiet beach is a real joy to watch around high tide and well worth a visit. A GOS field trip is scheduled for next weekend.

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