20 November 2010

Red-breasted Merganser off Aberavon Beach

As hoped Baglan Bay is bursting into life once again leading into the winter period. The Great Crested Grebe numbers are over 200 now; with 161 off Aberavon Beach in medium sized rafts and 67 off Crymlyn Burrows. Invariably when large groups of common birds concentrate in an area you can get other less common birds mixing with them. Today a 'redhead' Red-breasted Merganser was among the Great Crested Grebes.
Another dodgy 'record shot' shows the bird (leftmost bird) with 5 Great Crested Grebes.
Also off the beach was the above Red-throaded Diver.

Earlier today, at Crymlyn Burrows, 1 Little Grebe was feeding in the river about 100 yards from the dunes and 1 male Wigeon also here. 2 Jack Snipe flew over with a Snipe and another Snipe and 4 Little Egret around the salmarsh. c70 Siskin were feeding on the Alder mast which attracted the attention of a female Sparrowhawk.

Tick Tock :o)

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