Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Skokholm

Rather autumnal today with a minimum of 34 Willow Warbler and a nice selection of waders. It was also Puffin colour ringing day. More on skokholm.blogspot.co.uk

Newport

Sightings this morning fairly typical of recent days. 5 herons, 2 Little Egrets, 6 Redshanks, 3 Common Sandpipers, 1 ea Black Tailed Godwit & calling Whimbrel, 5 Dunlin, 14 Oystercatchers, 10 Curlews (&23 on the roost). On the main beach 4 Sanderlings.
Yesterday also 2 Greenshanks, & a Kingfisher has appeared, the first I have seen since January.
The Shelduck broods are still holding up at 4 & 6.

Teifi - recent sightings

The best looking bird on the reserve this Black-tailed Godwit on the river - from Curlew Hide,
(Photo Tommy Evans)


In the last couple of evenings, six Starlings flying to roost - joining the c100 mixed Swallows and a few Sand Martins.
Green Sandpiper calling this morning, but Common Sandpiper counts only  in single figures - so far.
A Tufted Duck on Mallard Pond  - a repeat from last July, and Teal and Snipe have returned.

From St. Dogmael's Quay this morning, 1 adult Med. Gull with the 100's of Black-headed Gulls.
Not sure how big the juvenile Shelduck creche is - some of my counts are c9...some c15...!!
10 Redshank too.

The first flocks of Oystercatcher are now being seen and heard flying over high, presumably across the Preseli Hills to  direct to Carmarthen Bay.

On the sea or roosting on rocks near Cardigan Island an immature leucistic Herring / Lesser Black-backed Gull. Hopefully a photo soon.

Gann and Strumble

Sightings from Francis Daunt - 20 July The Gann 1-3pm, Med gull 1 ad, 1 imm with black-headed gulls. Also shelduck, cormorant, common sand, ca. 60 oycs
 
Both med gulls were colour-ringed. Adult was Red with white letters PNE4 and the imm was white with black letters 3EEE (N.B. PNE4 was seen and photographed by Craig Lewis at Penally on 14 July, pic above. Rich C).

22 July Strumble Head 5-8am
grasshopper warbler singing (not seen); sedge warbler singing (not seen); 2 peregrine doing fantastic display flight in front of me; sparrowhawk (perched 20 yards away till it saw me!); buzzard; kestel; 15 choughs - again, fantastic views; 30 common scoter; raven; gannet; shag; guillemot; razorbill; three large gull species; huge numbers of manxies heading north (ca. 100/min at 5am dropping to ca. 20/min by 8am); linnet, meadow pipit, whitethroat, stonechat, dunnock and wren all common.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Ruff - Marloes Mere

A Ruff among a flock of 8 young Lapwings this evening.
Very sad to hear the news about Dave Glanville, Dave was one of those people it was always nice to bump into.

Dave Glanville

It is with great sadness that I have to report that Dave Glanville passed away yesterday after a heart attack.

I knew Dave pretty well when we both lived in the Cardiff area over 20 years ago and we were part of the vibrant birding scene there. I went on a number of birding trips to Norfolk, and a memorable one to Scotland, with the Cardiff birders and with Dave along a good time was guaranteed - he was always great company as well as a sharp eyed birder!

In Pembrokeshire Dave turned up some good birds over the years including, in 2008,  the long staying Red-necked Grebe at Carew Millpond, very much his local patch. He also joined in a number of foreign trips with Pembrokeshire birders - again being great company.

I am sure all in the Pembrokeshire birding community will join me in giving sincere condolences to Dave's family - a really nice man who will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Stackpole/Bosherston

15.50, a solitary greenshank circling high over the Central Lake (near Broadhaven South), calling. It clearly didn't fancy putting down with Sunday walkers about, and moved away to the east. Silver-washed fritillary near Grassy Bridge, in usual area.

Gann and Marloes Mere

Gann: Low tide: 3 Chough inc a juv on the grassy spit. Little egret roosting in trees by Crabhall. Grey heron, 2 Dunlin, c20 BH Gulls, Whimbrel calling among the curlews on salt marsh. Marloes: Snipe and a Lapwing. Levels are dropping quickly, majority of Coots have taken to the pool out from Oriole Hide, there were 25 there earlier in the week mostly juveniles, perhaps half that number today. Tern sp noted in Britton hide note book for yesterday.

Skokholm

205 Storm Petrel trapped overnight and a fine variety of waders in the last few days. Sandwich Tern over at 0330 this morning.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

The Gann

About 9 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin. Some 20 B/H/Gulls & not a Med in sight, 5 juv Shelducks (3 +2 with their respective parents) growing well.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Newport am

The Shelduck broods have been stable at 4 & 6 for a couple of weeks, which is hopeful compared to the complete wipeouts of the last few years. Today 4 Med Gulls - 3 ad & 1 2nd cy, sadly none ringed. A flock of c25 Dunlin flew round, 2 Ringed Plovers, 4 Herons, a Little Egret, 20 Oystercatchers.
Also in recent days flocks of 10 or so Redshanks, several Common Sandpipers & 30+ Curlews on the roost.

Gann

High tide and bit of wind meant there were a few birds taking shelter where they could. 60-70 BH gulls inc 5 juv. 9 Mediterranean Gulls (1x Juv, 2x 2nd summer and 6 smart adults), 3 Sandwich Terns. 7 Shelduck (3 adults and 2 pairs of youngsters). 2 Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed godwit, 3 Redshank and c25 Dunlin. And a Grey heron. Quick look at MArloes Mere: Just the 2 Snipe.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Pantmaenog

Yesterday - Tuesday;-
Tree Pipits, 4 Willow Tits, Plenty of Redpolls & Willow Warblers. Every pool of water had a least one Emperor Dragonfly quartering it. Plus I had a stunning Scarlet Tiger moth fly past me.
(Karen M.)

Monday, 14 July 2014

Freshwater East

At high tide this morning 4 Blackheaded Gulls, 1 Med Gull 1 Greater Blackbacked Gull and 1 Cormorant.