16 April 2010

Have bugle, will tootle

Dawn up Mynydd Maen proved a touch windy, sounded the retreat (a bit like this) and pottered the levels instead. Boat Lane was, as ever, the epitome of untouched wilderness with it's poddling flock of Canadas mit Barnacle and Bar-headed hangers-on. Goldcliff was a bit more exciting, despite not arriving until a good hour after high tide, passage waders included 23 Bar-tailed and 45 Black-tailed Godwit, 19 Knot, 19 Dunlin, 16 Ringed Plover, 2 Turnstone, 1 Greenshank, 2-3 Whimbrel, 2 Spotted Redshank and 2-3 Grey Plover. By the time I arrived at Saltmarsh/Farmfield it was all over bar the shouting, just a late(ish) Snipe and my first Orange-tip of the year entered the notebook.

Is that Bristol Channel wrack Pelvetia canaliculata stuckinthemudensis?

PS. Have been winding down my window and sounding 'charge' on pulling away from traffic lights,... mixed response so far,... mixed response.

2 comments:

Cardiff Clive said...

Fuscus vesiculosis.P,canaliculata is found at the high water line and has a channel to hold water during extended exposure time.

Darryl said...

You see, it starts with a throwaway one liner in lieu of a photo caption and ends with an educational botanical(ish) experience for all. Who said this blog was worthless shire? Oh wait,... that might have been me.