Sunday, January 28, 2007
Go West young(ish) man
For our 2nd wedding anniversary, Gill and I headed off to West Wales on a dry, overcast Saturday morning. We had decided to take things easy and do some birding on the way, so a visit to the Memorial Gardens in Kidwelly was called for. Sure enough, after a while the Rose Coloured Starling appeared. A visit to Fishguard saw an unsuccessful search for the Iceland Gull, but I found a Yellow Legged Gull there. We had time for a brisk walk from Whitesands Bay to St David's Head before darkness fell. 6 Red Throated Divers were offshore, and 2 Guillemots and 4 Choughs were seen en route. Today we did a 5 mile circular walk from Solva, finding a Chiffchaff, near St Elvis's Farm. From the Coastal Path we saw a couple of Fulmars, a Peregrine, several Ravens, Stonechats and more Choughs. Back at Solva, a Med Gull was bathing with other gulls. A twisty drive to Dale found 3 Pale Bellied Brent, and 2 Dark Bellied close to the road. A few Goldeneye and Teal were present, as were several more Med Gulls. Some early lambs called from a nearby field. As Gill was now getting a little tired (21 weeks pregnant, fair enough), we headed home, after a successful and enjoyable weekend.