Trip reports

A September walk around Porteynon Bay.

A September walk around Porteynon Bay.
John Roach

Sunday, 15 September 2013

The weather forecast was not good but nine of us turned up thinking that, perhaps, Porteynon, being sheltered, may escape the forecast wind and rain. The first view of the receding tide gave a small group of sandwich terns and some black-headed gulls (see photo). (However, there were many more gulls seen fleetingly in a field above Porteynon following a tractor ploughing a field.) A few minutes later an oystercatcher, herring gull and a pied wagtail came into view and, unfortunately, so too did the rain. The group moved towards the Youth Hostel and sheltered for a few minutes, spying a group of ringed plovers at the misty shoreline. However the strength of the wind and rain caused us to abandon the walk and retreat to a café where we had an extended mid morning break before leaving for our homes. In total 12 species were seen.