Trip reports

Field Trip to WWT Llanelli

Adult whooper swans feeding in fields
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Sunday, 20 November 2011

Sunday November 20th was a not unusual day for a group field trip, The day dawned not too badly but got steadily worse as the time approached to leave for Llanelli - should I stay under the duvet?Anyway, by the time I got to Sarn services it was clearing up, the drizzle stopped and all in all things were looking pretty good.. In all about 15 people turned up.
From the British Steel hide we could see large flocks of wigeon and teal, along with shoveler, mallard, shelduck and hundreds of lapwing. There were waders such as redshank and four greenshank. A water rail was spotted. This skulked about in reeds but then swam across a stretch of open water giving great views also there were black tailed godwit Out on the foreshore were a pair of great white egrets and way over on the far side, a flock of about 60 brent geese
From this hide there were also cormorant, little egrets, grey heron and greylag geese. Over the foreshore and scrapes a peregrine was spotted and fleetingly a buzzard.
There was a noticeable lack of small birds but after lunch I went over the newer part of the reserve - the Millenium wetlands. From the Heron hide there was a further good view of water rail plus many of the ducks previously seen. Wandering off to the Peter Scott hide we encountered a mixed flock of small birds. Our interest was orginally caught by a greater spotted woodpecker, but suddenly there were goldfinch, goldcrest, long tailed tits,blue tits, great tits and chaffinch. We looked for siskin in the alders. Couldn't find any but were rewarded with a pair of bull finch.
The other culprits were there of course - carrion crow, tufted duck, coot and moorhen along with sparrows and starlings. Having looked at the duck I.D. chart on the wall we commented on the lack of pintail. Right on cue, 4 pairs swam around the point bang in front of us.
In all we saw some 50 species between us and after an unpromising start we all had a thoroughly enjoyable day out.
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Pete Elkington