Saturday, 18 November 2017

Castlemartin Corse WEBS

The rain held off for a good outing with Rob and Christine Lewis. Still no ducks (or water), but 360 lapwing and 640 golden plover, 4-500 of them still based in the field S of Starman's Hall. Lots of snipe (98 counted, probably more undisturbed in the wetland), a woodcock a new addition to our counts. The unusually pale buzzard still around, as was the female marsh harrier. Cetti's and water rail in the reedbed.

The water table is very low, the pond in Broomhill Burrows much reduced. No birds at all there.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Glynearon wood

Common Crossbill  20+
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
Red Kite 2
Sparrowhawk 1
Raven 6
Coal Tit 10

Llys y Fran Reservoir

Great Crested Grebe 7
Little Grebe 4
Cormorant 10
Grey Heron 2
Canada Geese 150
Perigrine 1 adult


Skomer

Two Siberian Chiffchaffs on Skomer today


Hawfinch

A single Hawfinch perched on the top of a bare tree next to Rudbaxton Church yesterday afternoon before moving off to the NE. A new Pembs tick for me and soberingly the first I've seen since 1965, in Sussex.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

On the way home

Abercych

Goosander 2 male 1 female
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
Redwing 25
Red Kite 2

Poppit Dunes

Redwing 50
Fieldfare 25
Mistle Thrush 6
Sparrowhawk  female
Siskin 20
Redpoll  6

Cardigan to Crymych road

Mary found her first Barn Owl sat on a post


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Castlemartin Corse

Dropping down the track from Gupton to Starman's Hall, 520 golden plover, 300 lapwing and 70 curlew in field S of Starman's Hall. An hour later I saw over 1000 golden plover flying east very high, at around 1000 feet, in V's and wavy lines - half of the original 500 were still on the ground when I walked back, so at least 1200 goldies in all.

Excellent if brief views of the marsh harrier in flight. She spent an hour half-hidden in a blackthorn bush in the middle of the reedbed preening. Sadly no wildfowl at all, as someone has unblocked the outfall and all the water has drained away. The usual Cetti's and water rails, lots of snipe flying about in small parties.

A couple of days ago, 2 female merlins - one was sitting on a big bale by the roadside just outside Castlemartin before flying onto the range, the other down near the hide.

St Davids Head and Sealyham

Still a trickle of Chaffinches and Skylarks over St Davids Head. Blackcap and Merlin present. A Firecrest here at Sealyham where the wintering Green Sandpiper is loafing about on the pond.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Rose-coloured starling - Roch

The Rose-coloured starling has been seen again in Roch this afternoon. It is probably moving around the village and nearby fields. Please be respectful of peoples privacy should anyone go to look for it around the village.

Great White Egret

A Great White Egret flew around our garden pond at Sealyham at 10-30 am before disappearing over the trees apparently heading north. Our fourth heron pond tick following Night Heron (2009), Little Egret and Grey Heron.

Rose-coloured starling - Roch (Sunday)


From Rachel Mullett - Report of a juvenile Rose-coloured starling in a garden in Roch on Sunday.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Bosherston Lakes and Stackpole Warren/coast this afternoon

Some 50 or more chaffinches were feeding in Lodge Park this afternoon. Earlier there had been a couple of greenfinches feeding near the Courtyard Flats. They seem to be fairly scarce in the area these days.

A dozen or so teal, several gadwall and a few shovelers were among the small numbers of waterfowl on Bosherston Lakes Eastern Arm. A loose flock of c. 250 woodpigeons  flew over the lower eastern arm in the afternoon sunshine - quite a nice-sized flock for this locality.
Just a small part of a woodpigeon flock over the lake this afternoon
Goosander numbers on the lake are still gradually increasing. This afternoon there were 14 on the lower eastern arm (3 adult males, one moulting young male plus 10 females and immatures), all reflecting resplendently in the crystal-clear water.


There were some lovely reflections on the lake this afternoon
Out on the coast a flock of c. 60-70 jackdaws gathered late in the afternoon above Raming Hole. These included at least two "Nordic-looking " birds  - one was photographed.

There were at least 2  "Nordic-types" in the flock
As we looked through the flock they suddenly became spooked by a goshawk they had spotted before we did. It was hunting close to a group of sycamore trees at the back of the warren.

All in all a lovely sunny early winter afternoon walk - we've still to see a hawfinch here though!

St Davids Head am

An interesting morning with some obvious movement including 200 Chaffinches and a few Skylarks, I noted about 50 Song Thrushes grounded but clearly there were many more. There were a few different things too: 5 Bullfinches (in 2 groups) were very unusual and a House Sparrow was possibly a first for me out there. A Short-eared Owl flew over high and north and 2 Red Kites to the south-west. There were a couple of Mistle Thrushes, 3 Reed Buntings and the Little Owl was back on its favoured wall. There were 2 Merlins hunting, a sub-adult male and a female. It was lively.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Pembroke Millpond & general area this afternoon, plus Pembs Bird Conference

A brisk walk around Pembroke Millpond this afternoon produced a colour-ringed Black-headed gull Yellow TJ55. This one, like a few others observed here over the last few years or so, appears to have been ringed in Poland - location details and ringing date still to be confirmed.


In addition, a few fly-over black-tailed godwits and a couple of greenshanks were heading towards Pembroke River. Over at Cosheston Pill another 23 black-tailed godwits were feeding on the shore. Flocks of winter finches appear to be building up slowly around the Martletwy area - mainly chaffinches so far and the odd brambling. Goldfinches appeared to be quite numerous in Holyland Wood today; probably a couple of dozen were feeding on seed in the Alders there.

Bookings are coming in for the forthcoming Pembrokeshire Bird Conference on Sunday 26th Nov.  If you haven't booked already there is still time to do so. Booking details can be found via the link here. Some further details below.

Thanks to David Gardner, you can also learn more about the Conference programme via this link http://pembrokeshirelifeonline.uk/pembrokeshire-bird-conference-2017 

It promises to be a cracking day with some excellent talks so we hope you can come.