Saturday, 24 September 2011

Pwllheli Curlew Sandpiper

After a week of vehicle problems and poor weather I checked town this afternoon. Glorious warm sunshine made it an enjoyable walk and a nice selection of birds were seen.

The tide was low on arrival then incoming rapidly; waders included 43 Oystercatcher, 10 Ringed Plover, a smart Curlew Sandpiper, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 17 Curlew, 87 Redshank, 1 Turnstone plus a Snipe on the Cob Pool. The Teal flock had increased to 18 here.

Three Mediterranean Gulls were loafing around the Cob Pool - a 1w and two adults including one yellow colour-ringed bird with black lettering. I am investigating the origins of this individual. Also here were 4 Wigeon and 20 Teal.

A superb Clouded Yellow was over the wildflower filled land opposite the council buildings, the first I've seen in the area for years. 


  1. Managed to get three days at Nefyn. Porth Meudwy was great with 15 Blackcaps, 3 Spotted Flys and Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler. Wheatear on the headland opposite Bardsey but nothing out at sea save a few Gannets and Kitts. Adult winter Med Gull following the plough by the NT car-park at Morfa Nefyn, Wheatear at Porthdinllaen and 5 Bar-tailed Godwits in Pwllheli harbour.

  2. Great stuff DWE.

    Nefyn's a nice area that is another ornithological black hole on the Lleyn!

    Enjoy the rest of your autumn birding.