Went birding with Ant again todday along the coast north of the Loire estuary almost up to the border between the Loire-Atlantique and Morbihan départements. We started off at Pointe du Bile scouring the sea around Île à Bacchus for Eider as this is usually the most reliable spot for them along this coastline. 20 minutes later not a single Eider, nor any Scoter were to be found so we moved off around the bay to Pen Bé. Some 500 Brent and a distant flock of maybe 200 Common Scoter plus small numbers of the more common waders (Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank) were present here. At Rostu near Mesquer the tide was out and a walk around the area added nothing while the estuary itself was relatively quiet apart from 400+ Black-tailed Godwits. We drove towards Piriac sur Mer but skipped going out to Point du Merquel which was probably a bad decision on our part as 3 Long-tailed Ducks were found here a few days later. At Piriac the harbour was quiet but a nice first-winter White Wagtail still showing quite a lot of yellow on the face was on the seawall. Stopping off a various spots along the way we ended up at Pen Bron where we walked the dune section. A nice flock of finches were feeding on the short grass including at least 10 Serins, 30 Goldfinches plus Linnets and Meadow Pipits. They were very active and constantly on the move but it was a nice sight to round off the day.

First-winter White Wagtail

20th December 2016, a day on the coast