Pembrey old dock and Kidwelly Quay

A good trip was had by 15 members of GBC. At the old dock at Pembrey we were welcomed by a Sparrowhawk chasing 3 Linnets around the sky. There was a mixed flock of about 50 LInnet & Greenfinch feeding in the grass across the inlet there, with 3-4 imm Stonechats in the same area. 4 fem/imm Wheatear were on the inner beach. Offshore a couple of Gannets flew back & forth and occasionally dived and there were 3 Gt Crested Grebes. A long way off in the Burry inlet a line of about 40 Eider [all with the typical blackish immature plumage] were sitting on a sand bar. Not everyone was convinced by these distant dark blobs but to experienced eyes they were undoubtedly Eider! On the near beach were a number of Sandwich Terns some of which occasionally went on a feeding foray, and there were a number of Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover and a Dunlin. At Kidwelly on a not particularly high rising tide we had several Whimbrel, c.100 Curlew, around 7 Greenshank upstream beyond the ‘busy’ railway bridge which is currently under reconstruction, and some Redshank, plus 100’s of Oycs farther out. Little Egrets were numerous – the closest resting group numbered 22. We also had a possible Great White Egret but it was a very distant shimmering blob in the heat haze. The structure looked right tho’. A Peregrine circled purposefully for a while but didn’t stoop. Roughly 40 species were seen. Official list to be compiled.

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