Saturday afternoon I took our daughter and son to the play park. Darling daughter found a Millipede - we have always seen so many along the coastal path .
There were some bees too. I've yet to ID these using our insect book.
Saturday evening we headed towards some barns and a small wooded area either side of a footpath which opened up into sand dunes. To one side of us was the beach and sea, high tide though, and to the other side fields, small wooded areas, some marshy patches and a large hill.
From here we saw;
Rooks in a distant Rookery
Cuckoo was heard calling and
When we openend the curtains this morning we were greeted by a female Blackbird gathering grubs and a Magpie.
After breakfast we went towards the other end of the caravan site, by the entrance actually, and walked through the sheep field again towards the moors/marsh and dunes in the distance. Our thinking was that last night's rain might have knocked down some migrants, partcularly an unsual bird.
As it happens we heard many Sedge Warblers. They've clearly arrived in good numbers and are setting up their territories. I managed to get quite close to one.
We saw a pair of Stonechats and a few Whitethroats.
Meadow Pipits were pecking around for bugs in the grass next to the main footpath. Quite camouflaged. They have a beautiful display flight and song, similar to that of a Skylark.
Here is a link from a recent radio progrmame called 'Tweet of the day' with a renowned bird lover and expert here in the UK, Bill Oddie, playing a recording of the Cetti's Warbler song and a some information about them.
Be sure to press the 'play' button when this link takes you to the page.
Back through the sheep field we saw 3 Common Buzzards soaring over the dunes and back over us. Once we had gone through the field and back in the caravan site some Ravens flew over.
Got this shot first of one.....
...and when scanning the sky for more this one appeared being harrassed by a Common Buzzard. Fascinating agility these birds have.
On the beach this afternoon our daughter carried out her latest favourite hobby - rockpooling. Here's what she loves to catch and look at, amongst other things. More to come in the future. Watch this space.
Lastly on the way home we stopped in a village overlooking Loughor Estuary. The tide was way out. Part of the estuary diverts off near the village creating a river. Here we saw some Black-headed Gulls.