Rhymney Est.- Green Point

Did my WeBS count this morning on a very high tide – most of Green Point was under water. Main counts were c200 Dunlin and a big roosting flock of c2500 Redshank. The only other waders were 11 Oystercatcher. Pintail numbers were low, with just 24 present with 45 Mallard, and surprisingly just a couple of Shelduck that I could see. There were about 30 Shoveler and a few Teal. A flock of 50 Fieldfare flew over the Lamby landfill, 6 Canada Geese flew in and there were single Kestrel and Buzzard.

The hightlight tho’ was a large lump noted in the water offshore as I scanned for Shelduck, which turned into a very large bull Seal.! It dived and surfaced a few times and lazed with its head pointing skywards but then after another dive it disappeared and I could not relocate it.

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