Field Meeting: Tywyn Point, December 3rd 1989 PDF Print E-mail

Llanelli Naturalists Newsletter - Summer 1990
J.R. Ellis

Seven members decided that an 8.15 am start on an early December Sunday was not too early for an opportunity to study the bird life of Tywyn Point .

This far westerly end of Cefn Sidon is still largely untouched by man - except from the daily bombardment from members of the RAF, and can make for very good bird watching in winter especially when looking for raptors.

Despite good views of the ubiquitous buzzard and kestrel, birds of

prey were thin on the ground, and no one obtained views of hen harrier, merlin or peregrine which were all hoped for.

The walk across the bombing range was fairly quiet but the following birds were all seen by the group:

  • stonechat
  • reed bunting
  • bullfinch;
  • goldfinch
  • linnet
  • goldcrest;
  • long-tailed tit
  • fieldfare

With a dropping tide at the point itself, a number of wadering species were recorded mainly:

  • dunlin
  • turnstone
  • grey plover;
  • curlew
  • oystercatcher
  • ringed plover;

In the estuary a number of wildfowl were recorded, the best of which included a male scamp, 4 red-breasted merganser, and 11 eider - the latter being a species which is ever more rarely recorded in Carmarthenshire.

The group returned to their cars by walking along the beach from which a single red-throated diver was observed.

All-in-all a fairly uneventful morning but enjoyable nonetheless. It is a shame that access to this locality has become so restricted in recent years and as a result has become under-recorded.

I'd like to take this opportunity of thanking the personnel at RAF Pembrey for allowing this meeting to take place and particularly to the Range Warden who was good enough to open the gates to the range to allow us to turn the cars around.