Country diary: the swifts are long gone, and the swallows too

Talsarnau, Gwynedd: It seems these summer birds were barely here at all, driven off by gales before they’d even settled on the wiresAcross the sands of Traeth Bach, rearing above the Aber Iâ peninsula, Yr Wyddfa – the topmost peak of Snowdon – donned its habitual cloud cap. Arctic blasts of air wuthered across my evening perch on sea-wall rocks. A neap tide ran fiercely. Waders left off from feeding along its margins and scudded before the flood to roosts among the myriad of muddy inlets of Traeth Las. Oystercatchers, brilliant orange Pinocchio beaks and pied plumage catching the light,… Source – Full Article

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