Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Gann and Marloes Mere

Gann: Oystercatchers up to 120, 2 chough on the grassy spit, 2 Whimbrel, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Heron and an Egret. A Wheatear and 2 Willow Warblers in the scrub. Marloes Mere: 2 Teal, a Green Sandpiper, a Snipe and 3 Lapwing. c700 LBB gulls in field towards Trehill Farm.

Newport Wed

Among the resting/preening gulls by the bridge this  evening were 2 ad Yellow Legged Gulls & a Sandwich Tern with a juvenile - not a plumage I think I've seen before.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Teifi notes

Oystercatcher migration pushing on - over 250 resting opposite St. Dogmael's Quay just past high tide this morning. The Shelduck creches have merged - now c25 juveniles together.

( Update;-  A 17:00 count from Adrian in Fishgaurd - a high count of 70-80 Oystercatcher there)

Last night over the marsh the number over 1000 Swallows in the pre-roost gathering and Starlings have increased to 50+. A single juvenile Lapwing on the marsh last night, a few more with the Oystercatchers this morning.

Reed Warblers doing well, over 120 juveniles ringed before the migrants arrive. See CES 9, Reed Warblers headline again for more.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Dave Glanville funeral arrangements

Dave's funeral will take place at Parc Gwyn Crematorium near Narberth at 1215 tomorrow (Monday). It will be a joint service for Dave's father who sadly passed away shortly before Dave. Birders are asked to wear their binoculars and also their shirts outside their trousers in true Dave style!! Dave's wife Juliet is also keen on some sort of local birding legacy for Dave, so please give generously to the collection.


The flow of Willow Warblers continued with a further 62 logged today (taking the total for the past five days to 285) and 49 trapped (taking the total to 201). 


A walk around the headland at Manorbier this morning produced 7 Chough, two/three juvenile Kestrels and a welcome juvenile Cuckoo - my first Cuckoo in Pembs for a couple of years.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

South Pembs

A dark immature Marsh Harrier was hunting over cereal fields to the east of Merrion Camp this morning, and seven Mediterranean Gulls were at Angle Harbour (6 ads and one juv).  Elsewhere, there was a Clouded Yellow at St Govan's Head.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Getting Ruff'er at Marloes

2 Ruff this evening at Marloes with the flock of 7 Lapwing, also pair juv Redshank, a Dunlin and 5 Snipe, all by the Barb-Wire gate.


The first day of autumn where Willow Warbler numbers got in to triple figures.

Newport am

24 Dunlin, 20 Curlews, 7 Oystercatchers, 3 ea Redshanks & Common Sands, 2 Little Egrets (4 yesterday), a Greenshank, a Whimbrel, a (new, different) Blackwit & a Green Sandpiper, which, as usual, I only saw as it flew away.

Teifi - recent reports

Yesterday, 9pm on Patch  two calling Whimbrel were flying out to sea. Earlier in the morning 1 Greenshank 4 Redshank and 4 Sanderling were watched flying in from the sea.
40 Common Scoter flying west and 1 Med. Gull were seen from the mouth of the estuary.
(Rich D)

Wednesday evening 8 Black-tailed Godwits and 8 Little Egrets opposite St Dogmaels Quay.
(Chris J)

Thursday, 24 July 2014


At least 65 Willow Warbler and more waders including two Turnstone and a Snipe. A new breeding species of dragonfly, a good Storm Petrel catch including another French ringed bird and Puffin monitoring on the blog tonight.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014


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


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.