30 April 2011

Wader watching at Crymlyn Burrows

Crymlyn Burrows beach
It was a surprisingly good wader watching day at Crymlyn Burrows today. The photo above showing the view West towards Swansea Docks from the waterline at low tide. 48 Bar-tailed Godwit stole the show, especially the striking males coloured brick red in their summer plumage.

Bar-tailed Godwits (males centre and left, female right)

Other waders on the beach included 1 Grey Plover, 240 Sanderling, 190 Dunlin and 15 Ringed Plover

Approx 16 Whimbrel were found along the river, on the inlet next to the roundabout and on the beach. 2 Redshank were also present at the inlet as were 3 White Wagtails

Some footage of the Bar-tailed Godwit can be found following the link below

Bar-tailed Godwit video

The butterflies on the way back from the beach were impressive, since the majority of them were grouped in a sheltered spot among the dunes. 5+ Dingy Skipper, 20+ Brown Argus, 2 Small Blue, 60+ Common Blue, 20+ Small Copper and 2 Small Heath. Some record shots of the butterflies today can be found following the link below

Butterflies at Crymlyn Burrows

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