Trip reports

January morning walk around Kidwelly Quay and Canal

January morning walk around Kidwelly Quay and Canal
John Roach

Sunday, 19 January 2014

It was a sunny but a breezy and cold morning when twelve participants met up at the Quay car park, where we were treated to breath-taking displays from a very large flock of golden plovers and smaller flocks of lapwings and starlings. Many redshank were feeding on the river's edge whilst curlew, merganser, crested grebe and a scoter could also be seen on the bank (see photo of some of the group identifying the female scoter). Since there had been recent heavy rain and high tides we did not follow the usual coastal path but followed the canal south east for a half mile before turning inland. There were many birds (goldfinch, chaffinch, dunnock, tits and a reed bunting) feeding in the thick reed mats recently washed up to the tide line. Inland alongside a footpath we saw two swans, a sparrowhawk, a kestrel, carrion crows and a heron. Reaching the car park path we looked through the water treatment works fence to see chiff-chaffs and a goldcrest. A grey wagtail and a little egret were seen on a field opposite. All agreed that it was a rewarding morning with 37 species seen in a couple of hours.