Common scoter – Llantwit Beach

I started the day visiting the Boverton Seawatch Centre where I saw a lone barnacle goose in a field. On the cycle back I spotted some large flocks of linnet – 40-50, mixed with about 15 pied wagtails on the roof of a barn. The fence below the barn was scattered with 6 meadow pipits. Other sightings here included 1 kestrel, 2 buzzards, 30-35 goldfinches.

I later arrived at Llantwit beach hoping to get some more views of an obliging golden plover I had seen last weekend. The tide was in so instead I took a walk along the coast path towards St Donats. Here I had a nice view of a female common scoter which was heading from Llantwit towards St Donats at impressive speed. It took me a minute to make the ID as I don’t think I’ve ever seen one locally before. It would be interesting to know whether anyone else has seen one this year in the Vale and whether they’re regular visitors on this part of the coast.

3 thoughts on “Common scoter – Llantwit Beach

  1. John Wilson

    Hi Oscar. Re Scoter there are reports every year mostly in winter, spring and autumn. There are never many except sometimes during strong South-Westerly storms. The usual places we get reports from are the sea-watching locations of Lavernock Point, Sker and Porthcawl.

  2. oscarwainwright

    Thanks a lot for the info John. When it’s not prohibited by lockdown restrictions I’ll try to visit some of those spots, would be great to spot a diver too this year!

    1. John Wilson

      Divers too in similar circumstances to Scoter and in winter, and again never many. Have a look at some of the prev bird reports which you can download the text of from this site. From the menu bar and scroll down.

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