Sabine's Gull off Isles of Scilly

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Sunday, 9 January 2022

Pacific Diver... and Somerset – 9th January 2022

It has been many months since I've been on a twitch, and even more months since I've been twitching with the lads. 

Chris, Jake & Ian arrived at mine and I drove us over to Glamorgan where we very quickly found the obliging Pacific Diver. Although I'd seen one in Cornwall many years ago, it showed nothing like this stunning bird. The light was never great but the views were terrific! Many Goldeneye and a Slavonian Grebe were also present.

From here though, it slowly went downhill with no sign of the Penduline Tits, no sign of the Baikal Teal, but pleasingly, we saw the enormous flock of Cattle Egrets, with no fewer than 220 birds present in close proximity to each other! Great White Egrets were also in good supply, with 18 seen throughout the afternoon on the levels. Lastly, a Tundra Bean Goose was a treat to see at last knockings, ending a day which will hopefully bounce me back into action for the year to come.

Pacific Diver at Eglwys Nunydd Reservoir, Glamorgan