Saturday I was back ringing at The Mumbles, and most of the morning consisted of having my rather cold hands nibbled by Blue Tits which were about in large numbers. There were also plenty of Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Reed Buntings around as well, but the highlight for me was my first Water Rail in the hand, this splendid female. Generally easier to see in winter due to the influx from the continent, these birds are still secretive and tough to spot, so to get one in the hand was lovely.
|Water Rail, Rallus aquaticus|
Then, on Sunday, a quick afternoon outing proved successful when we were afforded good views of the regular Bewick's Swans at Burpham and great views of three of the Bearded Tits that have been wintering by the Long Pool at Pagham Harbour.