Monday, 1 September 2014
From Jim Kerr: We saw an Osprey at the Gann area on Thursday 21st August. We first observed it in a tree, then it took off and flew over the Pickleridge ponds and came back carrying a fish!
From John Steer: Saw an osprey this afternoon (30th Aug) around 4.15 PM at the Gann. Viewed it from the Musselwick side. It made one or two unsuccessful dives then flew off over your house!
Posted by Rosemary Royle
Sunday, 31 August 2014
Saturday, 30 August 2014
Also, it seems that the seawatching at Strumble Head has been interesting over the past two days, with Great and Cory's Shearwaters passing both yesterday and today - not to mention a host of other decent seabirds, e.g. Sabine's Gull, Sooty Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, Grey Phalarope, Pomarine Skua etc etc. Shame that nobody thought to post the details on here.
Friday, 29 August 2014
Third day on the trot at Kilpaison. This time a very strong SW wind howling in with an overcast sky pretty much precluded photograhy though I managed one shot of a Ringed Plover.
There were plenty of waders, although with 3, restless, groups, spread along the beach with the tide only just starting to drop they were difficult to count. There were certainly over 400 birds present and in one group I counted 62 Ringed Plover and in another 5 Turnstone and 6 Sanderling. The majority were Dunlin and a Curlew Sandpiper was also in amongst them - perhaps the same bird from Wednesday as it was similarly marked with a dark peach wash.
Over at Angle Harbour it was Med Gull City on the shingle spit with 33 birds the vast majority adults in winter plumage with one 2nd Winter and one juv. Two of the Meds were ringed - RP42 on a green ring and (I think) 3123 on a pale yellow ring. Also some 80 B H Gulls and one Common Gull. 4 Little Egrets were initially roosting in a tree before dropping down to the back of the harbour.
An impressive sea at Freshwater West but no waders on the beach.
Thursday, 28 August 2014
After heavy morning rain the sun shone. At Kilpaison fewer waders than yesterday and less variety - 95 Dunlin (with just one in summer plumage), 6 Sanderling, 15 Ringed Plover. Over on the north side of the bay about 50 Curlew were in the roost.
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Eight Sandwich Tens flew out the estuary earlier in the day.
Late news - a second and different Yellow Wagtail at Mallard Pond on Monday night.
N.B. See Skokholm blog re Garganey there on 23 August
The conditions were, however, good for birding with plenty of small waders on the beach as the tide dropped - 200+ Dunlin, 100+ Ringed Plover (the majority juveniles in both species), 5 Turnstone, 1 Sanderling, 1 juv Knot and a juv Curlew Sandpiper which had a rather dark peach wash to the chest.
Of the larger waders there were 60 or so Oystercatchers and a few Curlew.
Shame it was so dull for photography but good to see a nice selection of waders at Kilpaison early in the autumn passage.
The juv Shelducks (finally 5) seem to have now left, the adults having left them a fortnight ago.
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
From Ed Hunter:
Group of 8 or so very large crane like birds, seen from moving car with no bins along new stretch of A477 around 445pm. Either landed nearr Red Roses or kept going towards Llanteg struggling in the wind.