It was a few hours just spent looking at birds and enjoying being outdoors on a mild partly sunny January day. We did a species count, mainly at Kidwelly Quay and stopped off at Cilsan bridge near Llandeilo on the way home. I have written a little about the quay in my artists diary. I am not an experienced birder and didn’ t have the telescope today but still managed a tally of 32 from the quay habitat which includes the estuary, marshes and canal.
Species( including the usual suspects )seen at kidwelly quay were: lapwing, little grebe, redshank, greenshank (one), teal, little egret, kingfisher, redwing, cormorant, greenfinch, bullfinch, mute swan, mallard, chiffchaff, greywagtail, piedwagtail, fieldfare (1), linnet, goldfinch, reedbunting, longtailed tit, dunnock, curlew. Species NOT SEEN this time but we have seen them there before : great tit, redpoll, goldcrest, water rail, hen harrier.
Species seen off Cilsan bridge: mute swan, hooper swan (1), buzzard, canada goose, goosander (female)
Total species count: 37
One if the reasons the quay is such a good place to go birding is the presence of a sewerage treatment plant. It was teaming today with little birds after all the flies that must have been hatching out in the mild weather. There is a vantage point at the entrance where you can peer through the perimeter fence or if you are tall enough, peer over it. It’s well worth it!