On to Baglan Bay in the search of my first migrant of the year. This female Wheatear was with at least 3 males inside the BP grounds. Also a Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni was in flight here.
21 March 2010
Water Pipits at Neath Saltmarsh
The idea of a Pallid Swift this morning was very tempting, but in the end I decided to see whether the Water Pipits at the Neath saltmarsh would put on a show. I have had a couple of brief encounters with the species since the remarkable day earlier this winter when Barry found a party of 4 (possibly up to 12) birds, described here http://goweros.blogspot.com/2010/01/water-pipit-city.html. On advice taken that day, this morning was a good opportunity to search for them at high tide, where they are forced out of hiding when the inlets become flooded. There were at least 4 birds again today, mixed in with the more showy meadow pipits. Although, roles are reversed somewhat below with the Meadow Pipit behind the Water Pipit.