Saturday, October 21, 2006
Good Godwit, What a Grey Day!
(They get worse, and worse!) The Glamorgan Twitchmeister (Gethin) dragged me out for a bit of birding this morning and it turned out much, much better than expected. Everybody in Glamorgan seemed to be seeing Black-tailed Godwits this autumn - apart from me. But, my nerves were finally eased when we found one busily feeding down at the Ogmore Estuary. I was extremenly happy with this (East) Glam year tick but better was to come. I was about to point the car homewards when I decided at the last minute that I'd try for Tree Sparrows (for Geth) up at Ty'n-y-Caeau Farm. There were no Tree Sparrows visible but I couldn't care less 'cos there, at the bottom of the field, was a covey of 8 Grey Partridge. I've been searching this area of the Vale for years in the hope of seeing this species, and the one time I'm in the area and not specifically looking for them, there they are in front of my nose! Not only an (East) Glam year tick but a Glamorgan lifer too. Glam year list = 169 East Glam year list = 163 (By the way, I'm looking forward to reading the Cornwall/Dorset trip report - get a move on!).