Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Common Tern, Arctic Skua....

A dark phase Arctic Skua past Strumble (Adrian)
From the Teifi, a Common Tern sitting amongst the 47 Black-headed Gulls at the Webley  perhaps marks the start of seabird passage, though Kittiwakes have been passing the boat flying west for several days.
Opposite St. Dogmaels Quay, 1 Greylag along with 205 Canada Geese, 60 Curlew and a further 120 Black-headed Gulls.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Castlemartin Range Wildlife Walk July 19th.

Following the very successful walk across Castlemartin Range West in June, which was over subscribed, we are running a second trip on Sunday July 19th. and Bob Haycock will again be our Wildlife Guide.

You can find full details on the Events Page on the Bird Group Blog  www.pembrokeshirebirdgroup.blogspot.co.uk/p/events.html . Please note that advance booking for this trip is essential and that dogs and children under 18 are not allowed on the Range

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Tawny Owl

A Tawny Owl was a nice surprise earlier at Withybush Woods, causing the local Blackbirds much consternation.

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Stack Rocks


Yesterday at Stack Rocks on the Castlemartin coast the seabird colonies were still busy though the Guillemots on the top of the main stack were a little spread out as many chicks have now made the big jump and gone out to sea with their Dads.

I could only find a couple of young amongst the throng and whilst some fish were being brought in the birds were holding their catch rather than immediately feeding chicks. I wonder if many of the birds still on the stacks or loafing on the water are failed or non breeders. Whatever, this was quite likely one of the last opportunities to see and photograph this wonderful mainland colony before all the birds go back to the sea.

Click on the Guillemot for more photos.

Saturday, 4 July 2015


I can only find one Shelduck creche, one at Jewson's of five young, so looking a poor season for them. On a brighter note the four Mute Swan cygnets are doing well on Mallard Pond.
Apart from Curlew and Oystercaters, other waders on the move included two Whimbrel and one Common Sandpiper today.
Two adult Med. Gulls were at the Webley high tide roost this morning, and of c120 Black-headed Gulls only five were 1st year juveniles.
On the marsh at dusk, five Swifts, c100 Swallows and c30 Sand Martins

Penally Cetti's

Have kept an ear on the Singing Cetti's at Penally this summer.  At least four separate singing males between Penally station and Four Winds with two males in the scrub near Crossing Cottage, one along the roadside and one just over the railway line towards the beach near the station.  I suspect more would be found towards Lydstep and in the marshy areas between Tenby and St Florence if there was a concerted effort to find them.

Red Kites dispersing all over the place?  I have seen them at Tenby, Fishguard, St Ishmaels, Pembroke Dock  and Kilgetty in the past week and a pair over the woods opposite Lawrenny on the north shore.

Pembrokeshire's Blogs

We are approaching that mid summer period when things tend to go rather quiet on the birding scene. So just a reminder to look at the other excellent blogs we have in Pembrokeshire - see links to the right. There is daily news from Skokholm detailing the work of the Bird Observatory and life on the island. Skomer and Ramsey also have regular updates about sightings and how their seabird colonies are faring.

Teifi Ringing group have plenty of fascinating information on their exploits with the latest posting detailing the 101 (!) Storm Petrels caught recently whilst teaming up with the Pembrokeshire Ringing group.

Take a look also at the Pembrokeshire Wildlife blog run by Andy Davies which is a great place to send your non avian sighting of wildlife in the county.

Photo of a bridled Guillemot taken off Skomer earlier this week.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Marloes and The Gann

150 Starling and 2 Redshank at the mere. The Gann: 12 BH gulls (3 juveniles), 4 Med gulls 1 adult, 3 2cy, 2 Whimbrel and 6 Curlew. Shelducks still have 2 youngsters. Mullock Bridge: big tide: 5 Little egrets, young Heron, 10 Curlew. 40 BH gulls (6 Juveniles) and 3 Black-tailed godwits.

Angle Bay

The number of Mediterranean Gulls in Angle Harbour had increased to at least 22 this morning, with pretty much a 50:50 split between adults and 2CY birds.  There was also one 3CY bird present. Elsewhere, there were three Common Sandpipers in the eastern arm of Bosherston Lily Ponds.


A singing Cetti's Warbler. For those interested in odonata around 10 Ruddy Darters at SS120996 late morning, a Scarce dragonfly in Pembrokeshire.

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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Turnstone, Whimbrel - Teifi

One Whimbrel calling as it arrived yesterday evening going to roost with the now c100 Curlew. One Turnstone on rocks at the mouth of the estuary. Nice to see and hear a party of 16 Chough flying around Cemaes Head at 9pm, above an apparent new roost of c30 mixed age Cormorants not far from the small colony on the headland.

Smalls trip

There is one place going on a trip to The Smalls tomorrow evening. Pick up is from Martin's haven at around 16:45 and the trip will probably take about 3 hours. To reserve a place please call Ed and Bee on 07979114302.


Finally my first Med Gull here, a rather scruffy 2nd cy. Also a ringed Black Headed, also here on Tues, which I think is from the Cotswold Water Park scheme.
An update on the Shelducks. Just 2 broods. The first of 3 lasted less than a week. the second of 5 was whittled back to 3, but has remained constant at this level for the last 2 weeks.


A short review of seabird numbers on Skomer in 2015 is now available on our blog. Not very scientific and only interim at the moment but shows encouraging signs for most species. We have had our first few 'autumn' migrants through as well already with Blackcap and Common Sandpiper putting in an early appearance.

Angle Harbour

Seven returning Mediterranean Gulls were at Angle Harbour this morning, six adults in immaculate summer plumage and one 2CY bird still in 1st summer plumage.  These included this bird wearing a plastic ring 3J23 (black on white) on its right leg.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Bird Report 2014


The 2014 Pembrokeshire Bird Report is now available as a free download - please click on the cover above to download. The report is also available by clicking on the Reports section at the top of this blog. Once open click on File, then Download and choose the option to open with Adobe Reader. The document will open (assuming you have Adobe Reader installed on your computer) as a PDF file which can then be saved to your computer for easy access.

Congratulations and thanks to the editorial team of Jon Green, Steve Berry, Clive Hurford and Adrian Rogers for compiling an excellent report.