Sunday, 2 August 2015

Teifi Marshes

Green Sandpiper around the marsh during the last two days, may prefer the mud at Otter hide at the moment with these high tides. One calling Whimbrel over Mallard pond today was a surprise, though some Curlew are roosting on the marsh.
Early morning ringing during the last four days has produced 44 Sedge and 62 Reed Warblers, though through ageing, fat scores and retraps this suggests acro migration is not yet underway.

Hobby

From Ian Sefton - I was fishing at Carew Mill early this morning & saw a Hobby hunting, it flew low over the water using the mill wall as cover, sending the Swallows, House Martins & Swifts into a frenzy.

Angle


Kilpaison deserted this morning but round at Angle Harbour 13 Med Gulls (9 Ad. 2 2nd Summer, 2 Juvs) in with 55 or so Black-headed Gulls. Both species now well on the way to losing their black/brown heads. Also 1 Whimbrel and 1 Little Egret.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Newport

From John Ramm - At 4.00 p.m. today there were two greenshanks clearly visible from Newport bridge as were a pair of kingfishers. For birders who love to see kingfishers there will rarely be a better opportunity to see them so easily. Early evening on Poppit Sands there were 4 dunlins probing close to the samphire banks at high tide.

Marloes Mere

Note of a Glossy Ibis today in the hide log book...

Aber Mawr

From Francis Daunt - I was at Aber Mawr yesterday (31st) and saw hobby overhead and two great crested grebes in the bay

Friday, 31 July 2015

Skrinkle Head

From Ian Bartlett - Five Chough (3 and 2),  a pair of Raven displaying, a Kestrel and lots of Linnet and Goldfinch around today.

Marloes Mere and Pickleridge Pools

Circuit of the Marloes peninsula. Marloes Mere pair Tufties, 3 Teal and c40 Mallard, a heron dropping in flushed a Dunlin. 2 bright Willow Warblers and a Chiffchaff. The Grasshopper warbler is in full song again. Moorhen with a couple of new chicks. Plenty of Swallows (100?). Couple of graded fields towards Martins Haven had approx 100 Linnet, c50 Starlings (majority Juveniles) and 10 Pied wagtails. Plenty of young birds in the hedgerows. Lots of Gannet activity between mainland and Skokholm, whilst watching, a flock of a dozen Scoter passed heading eastwards. Deer Park quiet. Quick look in the Pools at the Gann. 2 Teal, 2 Little grebe, 2 Common Sandpipers, Greenshank and a Redshank. Richard, thanks for the news on the Whimbrel, obviously likes the Gann.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Teifi - Oystercatchers....&...

Oystercatchers are on the move, 40 on Poppit, 70 at the Webley, and 160 at St. Dogmael's Quay at 7am. Also 60 Curlew at the Quay and one calling Whimbrel didn't want to land. Two Common Sandpipers and one Dunlin flew over Patch flying upriver.
Yesterday - a group of three Common Snipe at Creek Hide.

Two juvenile Lesser Whitethroat were the highlights of CES ringing on the Teifi Marsh today, and another season of acro. warbler migration monitoring starts in earnest tomorrow.

Whimbrel C51 -
This colour-ringed bird was seen by Brian on 27th July at the Gann (see post  below) and was ringed on 16th August 2013 at the Gann...(Paul Warren/Pembs RG)

Skokholm & Grassholm

Fine selection of waders on Skok today including two Ruff and the first Green Sandpipers of autumn. Purple Sandpiper on Grassholm. Totals on Skok blog.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Druidstone Hotel

From Ian Bartlett - Whilst sitting outside at Druidstone Hotel this afternoon, I was lucky enough to see two Peregrines at close quarters, a pair of Ravens, a Kestrel and a Stonechat. What a beautiful place to sit and watch the birds around you...Stunning

Up North

Goodwick flagpoles this lunchtime c 125 Oystercatchers. By the Stena entrance an ad & a juv Med Gull (a regular site for Meds with the Blackheadeds).
Newport bridge this afternoon 2 Greenshanks, 2 juv Moorhens (adults are very rare here) & a Whimbrel.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Autumnal signs

Whimbrel in Fishguard Harbour and this afternoon two wheaters on the break water. Willow warblers in the garden the past few mornings.All witness another turn of the calendar as these summer visitors start gently wandering south...

Strumble Head


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Monday, 27 July 2015

The Gann

A fair number of waders at a blustery Gann inc c100 Curlew, c20 Whimbrel inc a ringed bird (C51 black on yellow upper right leg, green on lower). 8 Black-tailed godwits, 5 Ringed plover, Greenshank, Redshank and a Dunlin.

Hobby

From Dave Evans - 0930 today Monday, at Pen Anglas, Goodwick, a steady trickle of House Martins flying towards St Davids, accompanied by a Hobby.