Trip reports

Field Trip to Ogmore

Field Trip to Ogmore
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Sunday, 15 January 2012

After what seems like a age, we have had a spell of better weather and Ogmore was fairly busy with anglers and dogwalkers and the like as well as intepid surfers and canoeists. The presence of so many people never seems to put off purple sandpipers however. So, after meeting in the car park some 12 of us we set off shortly after 10:00 am., The tide was fully in but there weren't many waves or breakers so any sandpipers would be hard to find, not having to keep moving to avoid a drenching. But, in the usualspot we found birds - initially a pair of ringed plovers and a turnstone or two but than as got our eyes in we found the purple sandpipers. I could only manage to count two buy it was a beautiful morning and the light was excellent for birding and getting the colours. Having enjoyed these birds we moved along the coast towards short cropped grass and scrub looking for find chough and dartford warbler. We found stonechat, blackbirds, wren and dunnock as well as a small murmuration of starlings but neither of the target birds. In a field we had distant views of a curlew and a couple of dozen oystercatchers.
After lunch on the river at the area known as Philadelphia. Here on the river were black headed and herring gulls in all stages of plumage from 1st winter to adult. Also there was a yellow-legged gull.
Also on the river was a flock of goldeneye.. Something spooked them and they flew right past us their golden eyes really showing. Also on the water were gadwall, teal, redshank, mallard and mute swans. On the bank was a pair of curlew the female with the longer bill.
At about this point it went cold and the wind got up and, as we seemed to have exhausted the range of birds, we left for the sanctuary of our cars and a cuppa back home.
It had been a good day out, albeit very bracing. We found our main target and the five people new to our field trips seemed to have enjoyed their day and our company. We welcome anyone interested in wildlife, beginners as well as experts.

Pete Elkington