Pembrokeshire Birding (part one)

Due to an eleventh hour change of plan by my son (i.e. late on Thursday evening), I ended up going to Wales on my own. So Friday lunchtime straight from work, I headed West on the bike. The Gloucester- Brecon- Camarthen route is longer but more enjoyable and with a stop in Haverfordwest for supplies I arrived at the coast at around half five. First stop was by the Gann, where unfortunately the tide was right out meaning most of the waders were a long way away. Just Curlew, Whimbrel and Oystercatcher seen with no sign of the Bee-Eater that was reported here yesterday. I then headed for Marloes Mere to look for the four Glossy Ibis that have been around for a while. No joy with these either. So onwards to the campsite at Martins Haven. As is often the case here it was quite windy so after a struggle to put up the tent I wandered along the coast path to Wooltack Point. On a clear day the views from here over Skomer and Skokholm are fantastic and at this time of year there are thousands of birds to see. Wheatear, Linnet, Lesser and Common Whitethroat were all seen on the land along with at least a dozen Chough. At sea, along with many gulls were Guillemot, Razorbill, Puffin, Shag, and Manx Shearwater. Also a few Canada Geese heading to roost on Skomer. Strangely there were no Gannets around. After watching the sunset I headed back to the campsite for some food and sleep.

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