Trip reports

Teal Bay

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland
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Thursday, 12 December 2019

We met at Teal Bay for our usual pre-Christmas get together to watch the wildfowl as the tide came in. The rocks held several hundred oystercatchers with about 50 redshanks on the rocks and in the water. 5 dunlin were amongst the redshanks and an odd knot and a godwit were also spotted. A small flock of dunlin flew behind the rocks towards Morecambe, while curlew flew overhead. a cormorant flew across the sea, while another landed and perched on the rocks. A group of lapwings were on the left hand rocks along with a great black-backed gull, with several black-headed gulls flying around. On the sea we had a small group of pintails, wigeons and mallard, with shelduck further out and a male red-breasted merganser and a great crested grebe diving for food. A snipe flew in front of us and then disappeared into the salt marsh. A group of jackdaws landed on the rocks, while a wren searched amongst the rocks for insects. Robin, dunnock, fieldfare, carrion crow and merlin were also seen.

As rain was forecast, we decided to move to Bill and Chris Ashby's for a welcome glass of mulled wine and mince pies, with our timing perfect as the rain started as we drove away! A grey wagtail entertained us in the Ashby's garden as it searched the lawn and pools of rain for insects.

Many thanks to Bill and Chris for leading the outing and for their hospitality!