Rhymney Est & Cosmeston

Did a delayed WeBS at the Rhymney Estuary {Green Point} this morning [was raining y’day]. Main show was 500 Redshank and the bizarre and surprising sight of a Sanderling flying in off the channel, flying a short distance upstream then going up fairly high and circling around randomly over the near edge of Lamby landfill before disappearing off in the direction of Rumney Gt Wharf. Only other countable birds were 5 Shelduck, 4 Teal and 55 Mallard, plus 150 Black-headed Gulls sitting offshore. A Peregrine oversaw my count sitting up high on the pylon opposite Green Point.
Decided on a late afternoon stroll around E & W paddocks at Cosmeston. Met Graham Smith who had seen a Redstart and Tree Pipit. Couldn’t find those but had a nice little feeding flock of LTTs plus Blue & Great Tits and two Willow Warblers. There was also a flighty flock of around 40 Linnet in W paddock. They’ve been around for a few days now.

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