Despite the low tide, many seabirds and waders were in residence, including terns, curlews, whimbrels
, plovers, cormorans, herons and flamingoes.
are smaller than Curlews, with a shorter and slightly more curved bill, dark stripes on its head and ginger "armpits" when flying.
More usual summer migrants include the first reed warblers of the year at RSPB Conwy, and good numbers of whimbrels
around the coast.
The only sounds would have been the cries of the many birds - teal, greenshanks, whimbrels
and widgeon - that lived on the river.
have left their breeding grounds in the Shetland Isles, Outer Hebrides and Iceland.
Some 200 bird species, including oystercathers, plovers, sandpipers, whimbrels
and dowitchers, prefer beaches, mud flats, swamps, marshes or back bays along the North American coastline to inland areas.
Passage shorebirds have started to move, with Whimbrels
on Anglesey and Common Sandpipers at RSPB Conwy.
Staff on Bardsey managed to conjure up a couple of whimbrels
among the curlews - they should be in west Africa (and with more storms heading our way, the staff probably wish the same).
Birding this week continues to focus on Autumn migration, with southbound Whimbrels
and Green Sandpiper at RSPB Conwy and a Garganey at Malltraeth Cob.
Knots and whimbrels
join the growing throng on the Conwy estuary, where the count of little egrets is an impressive 61 birds and a spoonbill was seen again at the weekend.
Aside from Whimbrels
, migrating waders have been scarce, but 20 Bar-tailed Godwits were a nice find at Beddmanarch Bay.
Onshore, there was plenty for wader watchers to enjoy: several knots and whimbrels
each for the Clwyd estuary and RSPB Conwy, with sanderling, green sandpiper, goosander and greenshanks at the latter, and a honeybuzzard reported there.