Friday, 17 April 2015


A Reed Warbler was the earliest Skokholm record. Also first three Whitethroat of year and a MAGPIE!


A quick scout along the coast path later today only found ~ f Wheatear, Whitethroat, a Speckled Wood butterfly and a fly past by 2 Chough.

The Gann

7 Whimbrel (6 + 1) flew in from Philbeach for 5 minutes or so before heading off SE. A mixed Dunlin Ringed Plover flock of c50  - roughly 50% of each, feeding on the emerging Sandflies,16 Alba Wags over & 2 Wheatears.

Ramsey shrike

Lyndon - ours is still here - I'm looking at it now! One on the Saltee Islands today as well

Shrike St David's

Just had report of a/the Ramsey? Shrike - passed the entry to StD Golf Club to the Ex Whitesands bay Hotel - then a short distance along the Bridal path and the bird is oppositethe first house/cottage on the left

Ramsey - woodchat shrike

Male woodchat shrike here for a 3rd day - refound at 11:00 - has moved from centre of island to big gorse stand above the farmhouse valley.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat still Whitesands 7pm this evening opposite 5 bar gate on the track down to Whitesands beach near the old hotel.First Holly Blue butterfly of the year St Davids today.From James Salmon yesterday 3 Red Kites over Rhodiad.

Rarities in Pembs

It's been a quiet start to 2015 in terms of rare birds in Pembs. Though things seem to be moving up a gear with three Woodchat Shrikes in the County today - I don't imagine that's happened before! Keep up to date via the Rarities Blog - follow the link above.

Deer Park

Quick look around the Deer Park this evening first House martin and Whitethroat in Martins Haven, male Kestrel and perhaps 10 Blackcaps all male between here and along the road back to Marloes. Last night about 20 White wagtails in ploughed field by the mere.


Like Skokholm yesterday we logged our highest ever daily blackcap total today with 79 recorded! First whitethroat of the year too. Most chough sites now confirmed as incubating

Stackpole this afternoon

A walk around Bosherston Lakes and Stackpole Warren this afternoon provided a reasonable variety of birds. There were plenty of house martins flying around the NT buildings and Manor House area - at least 20+ (some revisiting old nest-sites).

A whitethroat was singing in a scrub patch on Stackpole Warren, as was a sedge warbler in the scrub near Broadhaven. A flock of 15 whimbrels was feeding on Saddle Point (a regular stop-over location) and a couple more flew over heading towards the Army Range.

On the lakes (near the outlet) 5 common sandpipers were resting on the lake shore; whilst in the upper eastern arm a green sandpiper was hawking insects over the open water - a less regular spring visitor to the lakes. Five goosanders were still present - resting near the reedbed in the Upper Eastern Arm.

Good numbers of emperor moths were flying over the warren.

E Mail News

From Tim Lewis - Working on my boat just upstream of Landshipping slipway this morning.
About 10 am heard a racket above and a Red Kite was being harassed by
the pair of Ravens that nest locally. The Kite put up a spirited defence
and the Ravens gave up and the Kite headed over to the north shore and
settled in a field. About an hour later heard a similar racket and this
time the Ravens were harassing an Osprey; the latter thought discretion
the better part of valour and headed quickly upstream.

From Clive Harrison - Walking on Poppit Sands pm yesterday saw two Avocets. Feeding on the sand as the tide was coming in and they flew further up the estuary.

From Robert Griffiths - Thought I would let you now that a Hoopoe was spotted on two separate occasions on our farm - Carn-Nwchwn Farm - in St Davids yesterday (15th April).


An osprey was sat eating a fish on a roadside telegraph pole at Llanycefn today, c4pm, a long way from any water. It flew off northwards mobbed by a crow and then a couple of buzzards.

Woodchat shrike - Ramsey

There was no sign of the shrike this morning so I assumed it had made its way to Whitesands when I saw the report. However it was refound this afternoon! Comparing photos with Mike's they certainly look to be different birds so with the report of a bird further north in Pembs too it looks like there were 3 in the County today!

Woodchat Shrike St Davids

A Woodchat Shrike showing very well to 11:40am at least at the back of Whitesands Bay. Follow the track south to Cefneithin from the site of the once Whitesands Bay Hotel and view the rough area in front of the white house - Plyg-y Towyn. More pics later on mikesbirdnotes. Also Willow Warblers, Blackcaps Wheatears and the first Whitethroat in today.

Woodchat Shrike

This morning one in a Blackthorn hedge on the clifftop at Aberforest SN024397 (just east of the coast path diversion)

Wednesday, 15 April 2015


What a day! The full totals will be on the Skok blog in a few minutes. Wryneck, the best ever day for Blackcap in the history of recording on Skokholm, the first Sedge Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Tree Pipit and Jack Snipe of the year. A RED KITE!

Common Sandpiper

One seen by Jane Herbert  at Landshipping today.

Ramsey - woodchat shrike

Lisa found a fine male woodchat shrike while out monitoring chough this morning. It is only the 3rd record since regular records began in 1992. Also today - female black redstart, first grasshopper warbler of the year, good fall of willow warblers and chiffchaffs, notable hirundine passage this afternoon included swallow, sand and house martin, 11 blackcaps and 4 red kites.

For photos of the shrike see the Ramsey blog here

Millin Pill

Still two Green Sandpipers this afternoon.

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St Davids etc

A nice fall of phyllosc's this morning, mainly Willow Warblers, also good numbers of Blackcaps. The first Grasshopper Warbler and Whimbrels (3).
At Heathfield GP 3 Common Sandpipers
At Sealyham a Little Egret on the Pond - a garden tick!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015


Ring Ouzel, Black Redstart, flyover Yellow Wagtail, Grasshopper Warbler, Merlin, a couple of Whimbrel, and a decent fall of warblers made for a fine day.


Sorry for the late post, also saw the Hoopoe in Marloes on a brief look on the way back from Skokholm this morning.  It was seen twice briefly in and around the garden of The Fold, opposite the Lobster Pot.  Clearly a flighty & mobile bird(s), if visiting please respect resident's privacy.  Highlights of 4 days on Skokholm included 2 Ring Ouzels (including the first to be ringed on Skokholm for over 30 years), a smart male Redstart, a Merlin and a Yellow Wagtail (but they you'll know that from the Skokholm Blog).  Off to Skomer on Saturday...a few days of easterly winds promises something!

Hoopoe still at Marloes

Could resist trying to finding the Hoopoe at Marloes village this evening after school. It took a while but eventually we found it feeding on a lawn, it later sat in a tree showing the fantastic crest! The bird flew off in a SE direction, possibly towards the church and later a bird flew from the west towards a similar direction. There's a very good chance there is another in the area!


A male Blue-headed Wagtail was the bird of the day briefly at the Farm today. Unfortunately, Jason's camera packed up just before it flew off. The lingering Wryneck was still present and there was another moderate fall of phylloscs. See our blog for details.

Wryneck - Sutton Mountain

Wryneck -- From the road from Sutton village out to the common. Drive through the ford and it was on the track between the ford and the boarding kennels this afternoon.
(Paul Warren)

St Davids Head am

Very quiet overall with few migrants just a handful of Willow Warblers, Wheatears and Hirundines. A third Ring Ouzel was nice though, if expected considering the zillions elsewhere in the Country.

Monday, 13 April 2015

St Davids

A trawl around various St Davids sites produced my first 2 Pembs White Wagtails, otherwise just common migrants. 

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Strumble quiet AM, Fall of White (alba) Wagtails PM on Fishguard Harbour outer breakwater...

Funny day today, a look around Strumble early this morning was uneventful bird-wise although quite a lot of Gannets travelling west, perhaps displaced by yesterdays strong winds. Apart from a couple of swallows and odd pipits coming in  there was little sign of migration until I saw two groups, (each of half a dozen) Goldfinches arrive!
I was not particularly expecting much from the outer breakwater but was surprised to find "alba" wagtails flitting about all over the place, at least twenty probably more. A small crevice had collected some rainwater and attracted the Wagtails who were obviously thirsty and in need of a wash and brush up? Really smart birds I think they should really be called silver wagtails!

Sunday, 12 April 2015


From Jane Herbert - Osprey offshore at Landshipping yesterday am.

Canaston Woods

Few birds about in the wind but I did see Two male Siskin feeding in Willow flowers as well as a fine pair of Blackcaps (both birds seen). Loads of Chiffs and Willows, the woods looking like great bird country these days with the removal of lots of mature conifers allowing good scrub development.

A Marloes hoopoe

Avidly feeding in a Marloes garden this morning, stabbing at the lawn for as long as we watched. It seems to be eating ant pupae. This bird has been seen for several days by this householder, and several other sightings have also been made in the village - it is distinctly possible that there is more than one bird around. Photos by Peter through a window.

The Gann

Nothing going on given the cold windy conditions, watching these 2 Cormorants skillfully working the lagoon together was the only interest. 4 Gannets fishing too, in the comparative shelter of the bay.

Saturday, 11 April 2015


It's been a rather poor spring for garden birds here in St.Davids, no Siskins or Redpolls to date, but things have improved somewhat this week with the arrival of this Chiffchaff. It's been feeding in our Hebe bushes.

Martin's Haven & Mullock

A large female Sparrowhawk bombed through the valley at low level mid morning, accompanied by alarm calls from a variety of small birds. We also had a flock of around a dozen Swallows that moved through. In the sallows a handful only of Willow Warblers and two female Blackcaps.

This afternoon at Mullock Bridge 3 Sand Martins over, and at least 2 Greenfinches singing, along with the Chiffchaffs.


A male Ring Ouzel at Angle this morning - in a field to the left of the track up to the Lifeboat Station. A walk from West Angle Bay to Angle Harbour was otherwise very quiet with 4 Swallows and 3 Chiffchaffs. No Wheatears and no Yellowhammers - this is usually a good site for the latter and hopefully they were just keeping their heads down in the strong wind.

Marloes Mere

Pair of Pochard on the mere this morning. 6 Golden Plover in Trehill fields. Male Kestrel carrying a lizard, Peregrine at Martins Haven and Merv earlier had a Merlin. Couple of Swallows at mere and one over the lookout on the Deer Park, no sign of any Hoopoes!