Trip reports

Kidwelly Quay

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Sunday the 9th October was one of those mornings that you wish would come around more often. Arriving at the quay on the upper reaches of the Gwendraeth estuary, we were greeted with October sunshine and a flat calm sea which was slowly creeping up the channel.......idyllic.

This was a new venue for some of the group and, as we leant over the quay wall below us, we were greeted with the sight of twelve curlew sandpipers feeding on the edge of the water. We soon started to pick out other waders, redshank, greenshank and dunlin. Also a lone bar-tailed godwit as well as constant movement of curlew with their evocative call.

Looking down the estuary we sighted lapwing, oystercatcher and stunning views of a small group of waders, little egret and greenshank together in the distance. Also a mixed group of gulls including common gull and a small party of teal slowly being pushed off the sand banks with the incoming tide.

On the brambles nearby a stonechat was showing well and a grey wagtail exploring a water outlet, also a red kite flew over. We decided to walk along the canal path to explore a pond only to find it clogged with reed mace, though we did locate reed buntings, flocking linnets and starlings.

Whilst having lunch, a green sandpiper flew overhead, though we were unable to locate the bird again. On our return to Cardiff, we called into Burry Port Harbour (marina) with close views of redshank and, in the shallow water, shoals of grey mullet. Looking out across the Lougher estuary we saw large flocks of oystercatchers and mixed gulls. We could pick out black-backed gulls with ease but not much else.

Walking back along the harbour wall we came across a plaque marking the first flight of the Atlantic by a woman, Amelia Earhart in 1928. That gave us plenty to think enjoyable day.

Hugh Harrison