Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Arctic Tern @ Newgale

A juvenile Arctic Tern on Newgale Campsite early afternoon whilst looking for stranded Manxies.

Yesterday an adult Med Gull at the Gann, ringed with a yellow darvic ring on the left leg, 2E35. Awaiting details. 

Monday, 17 September 2018

The Teifi

A short ringing session early this morning on the Teifi Marshes found a few Sedge Warblers, Reed Warbler and Chiffchaff, also 2 Coot still present.
A high tide visit  found 10 Dunlin and 7 Ringed Plover but later as the tide dropped 4 Redshank, 5 Bar-tailed Godwits, 17 Wigeon and 3 Shoveler were feeding around the open estuary. A rare look at the old Jewsons site produced 14 Black-tailed Godwits. 2  Common Scoter were just behind the surf in the bay too.
(Wendy J and Rich D)


Common Rosefinch still here and an adult Little Gull in Broad Sound.

Curlews at The Gann

100+ Curlew at The Gann this evening with a single Bar tailed Godwit. A Peregrine flashed in and attempted to take the Godwit - temporarily stunned it made its escape as the Peregrine was moved on by the gulls. A single Greenshank and Knot but no Bairds. At a very blustery Dale airfield a single Snipe and 30 Starlings.

Little Stint - - Newport

The juvenile Little Stint still present feeding with the Dunlin flock today.
(Gary Reynolds)

Sea Trust All Day Cartlett Lady trip next week...

Early days, but after the storms forecast for the coming week it looks like there may be a weather window at the beginning of next week Probably Monday maybe Tuesday. If you are interested please let me know (seatrustwales@gmail.com)  and I will put a list together and keep people in the loop as to the prospects. £70, as usual meet at Neyland Cafe for 10 pm departure!  allthingsgood,cliff .

The Gann

No sign of the Baird's between 8.30-10. Only small waders at the Gann high tide were 4 Turnstone, 6 Ring plover and a Knot. Lesser whitethroat in the scrub near car park. Quite a few birds in here inc Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs.

Sunday, 16 September 2018


Bonelli's Warbler in the Ivy in North Haven today. Another frustrating one that hasn't called yet. Bob and Annie also had a Pectoral Sandpiper yesterday.

Single Baird's at the Gann

Single Baird's with a Dunlin, as usual around the dry sandy patches along the high tide mark just beyond white post, this evening. Earlier about half dozen Goldcrest in a sheltered Martin's Haven. Note: Theres a Parrot/Lorikeet in one of the campers at the Gann, which does some interesting calls, had me going!

Turnstones and Sandwiches

There were several turnstones in the inner harbour at Goodwick this afternoon, some with much of their summer plumage still in evidence. Eight very vocal sandwich terns flew in from the east, circled the harbour and then headed off in the direction of Strumble.


Can't match the Bonelli's Warbler that's on Skomer, but there's a Common Rosefinch around the Obs.

Baird's Sandpipers - The Gann

The two juvenile Baird's feeding just past the white post on the rising tide this morning.
See previous posts for photos, map etc

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Cresswell River

The 80-odd greylag who have been knocking about the Carew River were on the Cresswell River at low tide.

Little Stint ....and other sightings from the North

The juvenile Little Stint still with the Dunlin flock at Newport today.

Llys y fran reservoir today....at low water !!

Including some of the 39 roosting Cormorants.
Five Greylags, 14 Great Crested Grebes and c50 Swallows the highlights.

A Green Sandpiper at Rosebush resr was a nice surprise, other birds included a Stonechat and 1 Tufted Duck.

Waders on the Teifi today included 1 Sanderling, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Redshank, 34 Dunlin and 11 Ringed Plover. The Wigeon flock has increased to 16.
Two Reed Warblers at Kingfisher Pond this evening and a steady passage of new Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs every morning.
(various obs)

Martins Haven

This morning at aound 0900hrs a Goshawk (looked like a large female but quite distant) was being harassed by multiple corvids and gulls.  Caused a LOT of commotion as it headed towards Marloes sands. 

It was nice to see the Bairds on the Gann after lunch.

Those Bairds

Still at the Gann around 16:30  looked for them with a birder from Cardiff, really difficult to locate when they`re resting even as close as 6 - 7 metres.

Baird's Sandpipers - - The Gann

The two juvenile Baird's Sandpipers still present this morning, see posts below for details.
(various observers)

Ramsey - barred warbler

Barred warbler (yesterday 14th) found by Lisa in ivy on east coast.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Baird's sandpipers

Steve Windle has passed on a few of his cracking images from yesterday.

Baird's sandpipers

Couldn't resist another look this afternoon. After a bit of a search we found the Baird's and their Dunlin buddy almost under our noses on the dry sandy patches which they seem to favour. So anyone going tomorrow ensure you check these areas thoroughly.

Baird’s Sandpipers and Red-backed Shrike

Great day out started at the Gann where the 2 Baird’s Sandpipers showed fantastically well! Amazing to see two together! Also a Wheatear there.  Next up to a very blustery Dale Airfield where, after serval brief flight views, the smart juvenile Red-backed Shrike showed well tucked under a blackthorn bush out of the wind. We also had brief and silhouetted views of two waders flying skint towards St Ann’s Head, hard to tell what they were but they looked plover-like.
A pretty good day for someone still on crutches after having a knee operation a few weeks ago!


Little Stint with a group of 34 Dunlin feeding near the boat club.

Gann this morning

Both Bairds still at the Gann late morning - very confiding - just wait quietly on the path and let them come to you and you will have great views and photographic opportunities.   Nice group of watchers there as well

Not quite in the same league.....

But here's a Little Stint at Newport this morning.

Red-backed Shrike -- Dale Airfield

Red-backed Shrike still on Dale Airfield at 11:47....
See post below for directions
(Rob Jones)

Baird's Sandpipers -- The Gann

The two Baird's still showing well 11:28 - for map see post below
(Karen M)

Baird's Sandpipers -- The Gann

2 Bairds still at the Gann. On paler sandy strip/high tide line between white post and foot bridge.
(Darren Coombs)

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Two Baird's Sandpipers, The Gann

Following the news from Rich and Rich of Johns discovery I hightailed down to the Gann. Unfortunately the only flock of small waders was very distant, 100m away on the waters edge. However I bumped into visiting photographer Steve Windle so we had a good chat for over an hour while we waited for the tide to rise. Amazingly among the first three waders to move onto the high tide mark, almost at our feet, was the Baird's. As Steve and I rattled off some photos we realised there were infact TWO Baird's, the other was a Dunlin. Map link.

Baird's Sandpiper - - The Gann

This excellent photo taken this morning at the The Gann....a juvenile Baird's Sandpiper

John Freeman said the wader was with 5 Dunlin and clearly looked different.
Brian Southern is on his way to the Gann to update.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Red-backed shrike still Dale airfield

The Red-backed shrike was showing reasonably well around 10:30am this morning. Seemed to favour the southside of the blackthorn patch (lefthand side as you approach from the runway). Out with Paul G and joined by Steve Jones (who hotfooted it over after connecting with the Wryneck on the Deer Park).