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Sunday, 7 July 2013

Dolphins in Cardigan Bay

I am just back from a trip to Wales (1st to 4th July inclusive), again primarily a family visit, I did manage to sneak it one or two wildlife sojourns. A trip to New Quay, 5 Red Kite were seen on the journey down and back, often just flying above off top height, was the highlight with a boat trip to see the Bottlenose Dolphins, just after we had embarked on the boat, 1 Bottlenose Dolphin was swimming just yards from the boat from within the harbour before we had even cast off! As we made our way past a sandy beach, a mother and a calf so 2, Bottlenose Dolphin had been seen in the mid distance an they were also seen just off from the beach. Heading past a seabird colony, various auks were seen on the sea and flying past, primarily chocolate brown and white plumaged Guillemots, c150 seen in all we also saw black and white plumaged Razorbills, 100 seen and 1 Puffin flying past with obvious multi- coloured wedge- shaped bill and more dumpy appearance noted. Going further out the sea became very choppy indeed and another Bottlenose Dolphin sighting riding the crest of a wave couldn't be fully appreciated as we were holding on for dear life! Heading back to the sanctity of just off the calmer shore waters, we headed south an just outside the harbour entrance, a Bottlenose Dolphin was around a boat. Back on dry land, from the harbour wall, I watched the Dolhin again. In Mum's garden every day I noted up to 2 Nuthatches coming to food. Walks down to the stream revealed Grey Wagtail, one singing from high up in a tree, 2 Mistle Thrush fly up from the road by the stream and a Buzzard fly up from the field half way down the hill walking down from Mum's house.

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