Monday, 30 November 2015

Black Redstart

From Peter Howe - Female type Black Redstart on Goshawk Road in Haverfordwest again presumably the same bird which has been here since the 16th November.

Sunday, 29 November 2015


2 1st winter little gulls in Ramsey Sound this morning

Saturday, 28 November 2015

The Gann

In a similar vein to previous posts - given the inclement weather - everything was on the deck with beaks indicating the wind direction. 49 Wigeon, 1 Greenshank, 1 Shelduck seeking shelter on the Crab Hall side of the lagoon, with  200 or so of the larger Gulls on the river. On the quite small roost off Dale, just one adult Med Gull with a few Common Gulls  amongst a mixture of B/Heads & LBB`s, difficult to see much with the wind pushing me & my scope in different directions.


Thought I would do some sea watching started at the marsh a few 
large gulls 12 curlew on the campsite 4 wigeon, mallard, and two jack 
snipe, was a nice surprise.
Up at the car park 30 min sea watch 
produced, Skua sp (I think dark phase Arctic), difficult to nail in this
 wind with a few gulls all heading North.
(Peter Howe) 

Stackpole Lakes

Seen this wet and blustery afternoon between 8 arch bridge and grassy bridge; 9 Gooseanders, 11 Cormorants, 4 Grey Heron, and 1 Goldeneye.

Teifi - waterfowl

Waders are very thin on the ground ! One Dunlin on Patch.  A visit to the Webley and numbers improved, 17 Redshank appeared as the tide dropped, and 115 Lapwing arrived too. One Little Grebe, 150 Wigeon and 50 Teal. A dozen Pipits, mainly Rock on the marsh too.

!6:00 update;-
One adult Med Gull at the Webley pre-roost.


At Orlandon Kilns we have two fat-looking Blackcaps on our apple trees but regrettably no accompanying Orphean Warbler. The Blackcaps will not stay however - they seem to prefer places with lots of feeders in several gardens - a friend in Llanstadwell gets them regularly in winter feeding on the suet. We usually have an overwintering Chiffchaff but that hasn't arrived yet.

Friday, 27 November 2015

North Pembs

A passing look at the Teifi from the Railings produced a red-head Red-breasted Merganser, not a regular visitor to our estuary.

Far more interesting - though just outside the county boundary. Wendy caught a first winter male Blackcap amongst  Apple trees weighing a whopping 22g. On migration we catch many Blackcaps and we rarely find one this heavy or fat with 16-17g the usual weight.
Are there many gardens with Blackcaps this Winter ?
Or Chiffs....or maybe a Firecrest ?

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Cosheston Pill

Quick look at lunchtime today. 50 Black-tailed godwits, 30 Shelduck, 20 Dunlin and an adult Mediterranean gull.

Pembroke Millpond

The imm male Scaup was in its favoured haunt again at Pembroke Millpond this lunchtime, about 2/3 of the way along the middle pond.  It generally keeps near the far bank in the area where most of the Mallards, Gadwalls and Little Grebes congregate.

West Angle

A fem/imm Black Redstart was feeding among the rocks along the northern edge of West Angle beach this morning.  This bird has probably been feeding in the same area since Monday.  


The highlight of a walk around  Carew River and Radford Pill this morning was a female Goshawk flying over. On the waters edge there were totals of 36 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 5 Curlew, 15 Lapwing, 40 Wigeon, 29 Teal, 1 Grey Heron.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Pennar - Pembroke River

About 1000 Wigeon (most too distant to examine properly for an American Wigeon), 1 adult Med Gull, 6 Shovelers, 30 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 10 Black-tailed Godwits and 12 Little Egrets feeding in a cattle field had me quite excited for a minute.


From Dave Evans - This morning, 9am - 10.30am:
2 Great Crested Grebes in the harbour, a Greenshank with a few Redshank, Dunlin + Turnstone under the Flagpoles.
Cetti's Warbler heard and Grey Wagtail seen on Goodwick Moor and a Black Redstart on the edge of the Moor at the end of New Road.

Cilgerran (Again)

As I needed to be up Cardigan way this morning I popped into Cilgerran for a couple of hours hoping for the Bittern at the Kingfisher Hide. My luck was in as it appeared within 15 mins soon after 10 a.m. on the edge of the reeds over to the right. It was a brief encounter as it flew off to the right over the reeds after a few minutes and had not returned when I left at 12:15 p.m.

Otherwise it was pretty quiet with 7 Teal (asleep for all but the last 15 mins), 4 Mallard and a Little Grebe which spent 10 mins or so trying, and eventually succeeding, in swallowing what looked like an Elver. Over the trees in the distance a Sparrowhawk cruised over, a male Goosander flew past and 2 Red Kites were also seen.

Black Redstart -- Haverfordwest

Female type Black Redstart on Goshawk Road in Haverfordwest this morning.
(Peter Howe)

Tuesday, 24 November 2015


From Elwyn Davies - Bittern showed for a few minutes at the Kingfisher hide today.