Monday, 8 February 2016

Neyland Area.

A 2nd winter Iceland Gull at Llanstadwell this afternoon,follows an adult Yellow Leg Gull,at the same location a few weeks ago.A Great Northern Diver has been in the marina some days(not today) for the past month.Chiffchaff,and small parties of Siskin at Westfield Pill.The much photographed Marsh Tit can usually be easily found at the bird feeders.


We have a report of a Common Rosefinch seen with Goldfinches near Newport Boat Club yesterday (Sunday) lunchtime. The observers have no photos or experience of the species, but worth keeping an eye out if visiting the estuary. A Common Rosefinch did winter in a Newport garden many winters ago.

"The Newport bird visited a garden bird-table from 26 December 1991 to 8 January 1992, being the first winter record for Britain"....taken from the Avifauna - see above

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Monkston Point

Monkston Point - 6 Purple Sandpipers,15 Turnstones & busily feeding on the rocks at the point (Tenby side) today at low tide & a pair of Chough feeding on the grassy top of the outer rock, first I've seen in this area for a while & 7 Oystercatcher's on the beach. 
(Ian Sefton)

Little Gull - The Gann

Quick visit to the Gann revealed the Little Gull briefly in with about 120 Black Headed, also 4 med gulls below Crab Hall. A single Brent goose one of the islands and in the bay good numbers of Curlew and about 14 Great Crested Grebe.

Saturday, 6 February 2016


Outer breakwater ~ 2 Purple Sandpipers & a GN Diver.

(Karen & Dawn)

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Ramsey Sound

It was fairly quiet in the general area today but two puffins flew south through the Sound (one in the morning and one in the afternoon). Two Med gulls (both 1st winter birds) also flew south through the Sound with some BH gulls this afternoon. A (winter resident?) red-throated diver was feeding off Whitesands. As well as local kestrel and peregrine, a merlin was hunting near St Justinian this morning and 12 choughs were feeding in the coastal fields.

For a short period this morning it was generally settled and sunny, warm enough for a couple of peacock butterflies to be on the wing along the coast path between Whitesands and Porthselau. One took advantage of a warm sun-lit gorse bush for a brief rest.

Puncheston Common

Barn Owl 1+
Short Eared Owl 1
Excellent views of both from the car 2 new ticks for Mary


At Amroth this morning I too saw an adult Med Gull, with Black-heads at the east end. Also the female-type Black Redstart was still on houses in the village, despite not seeing it for a while.

Hen Harrier - Dowrog Common

Female hen harrier at the Ddowrog at approx 2pm Thurs,
(Sandra Young)

Firecrest - Haverfordwest

In the office at County Hall last Friday pretty certain I could hear Firecrest calling from the Holm Oak in the car park but could not locate it.
Today however was alerted to the call again and was treated to some good views in a Hawthorn tree outside the office window.

Tenby - Purple Sandpiper

One Purple Sandpiper with 10 Turnstones roosting below the lifeboat station at 3pm. A walk this morning from Amroth to Saundersfoot was pretty disappointing, with around 300 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers and a adult Med Gull. 

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Busy Old Week - not to be missed

Lots of interesting things coming up in February. Check out the details on the Pembs Bird Group Blog (link to the right on this page)

Saturday Feb 6th.  Fishguard Harbour Breakwater Bird Watch

Monday Feb 8th. "Studying Wheatears in the Preselis" a talk by Paddy Jenks

Sun. Feb 14th. Wader ID in the field with Clive Hurford

Something for everybody there, so please support these events.

Peter Royle

Pembs Bird Group

Llys y fran

Another good visit with Paul G late afternoon. Ring-billed gull, adult and 1w Yellow-legged gulls, 1w Iceland appeared briefly around 3 before departing and returning just after 5. 2 adult Mediterranean gulls. Sizeable gull roost c4000 in total. Both the Slav grebe and GN diver were very active, the Slav spending most of the time tight to the opposite bank. 8 Great crested grebes including pair displaying. 3 Little grebe and 3 Wigeon. Red kite earlier near Sentry Cross roundabout, Johnston.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Early in Haverfordwest

Whilst waiting for Morrisons to open, two Red Kites went over the car park then up river, and 3 Siskin were feeding on the Alder by the play area, and a few song thrush very vocal, all at 7.50am, nice to have it light at that time.

Monday, 1 February 2016

House Martin - - Tenby

Still about today. Feeding Cliffe Norton, Tenby.
Wish him/her best of luck.
(Philip W)

Ringed birds at Newport

The Polish ringed Dunlin from Jan 20 had been ringed as an adult near Gdansk on July 15 last year.
A belated feedback for Med Gull 2XE1, at Newport on Oct 28. The first I have seen from the West. Ringed as a pullus in Wexford in Ireland's largest breeding colony (20 birds!) in June 14, was seen around that area that Autumn, was in Cornwall in June 15, before visiting Newport, then seen the next day back in Ireland.

Llys y Fran Reservoir

Ring Billed Gull 1 adult
Iceland Gull 2nd winter
Yellow Legged Gull 1+ adult
Mediterranean Gull 1 adult
Goosander 2 pairs