Wednesday, 26 July 2017


An unseasonal visitor to the feeders this tea-time, only usually see them in the winter time. (taken through the window)

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Newport today

4 Whimbrels, 4 Common Sandpipers, a Green Sandpiper flew under the bridge, only 1 Curlew on the estuary but 43 on the roost. 2 well grown broods of 6 & 7 Shelducks. A 1st year Little Egret.
Just 1 juv Med gull, but also a 3cy Michahellis. 3 ringed gulls; Herring Gull Blue EUX has been a regular since 2011, GBB Red W:055 (from Skokholm) has been a regular since 2014, & BHG black 2BVJ, ringed as a pullus near Coventry on June 7, has been a regular since July 17.

North Pembs sightings

Saturday ;-
Black Guillemots - Fishguard Harbour,....Three breeding plumage  birds and maybe a fourth.
Sightings regularly now of birds near the ferry berth and near the Fort. Since 2007 when we suspected breeding and from 2008 when we proved breeding, we have started to wonder if we have another pair and even a second breeding site around Fishguard......
 Newport - 2 Med Gulls and 6 Common Sandpipers.
(Sightings Bernie Beck)

A Green Sandpiper was flying around the Teifi Marshes during the early morning yesterday, small numbers of Common Sandpipers are everywhere, including 2 calling from the cliffs beyond the Cliff Hotel last night. A juvenile Med Gull was opposite St. Dogmael's Quay yesterday and 2 Med Gulls at the Webley this morning. Nice to see 2 Stock Doves opposite St. Dogmael's yesterday too.
Dunlin numbers were down to 30 this morning with 96 Oystercatcher. Whimbrel are also moving daily, 3 this morning roosting on a boat at high tide.
(sev obs)

Blackbridge again

23(?) Redshanks roosting on the old slipway, just 2 Med Gulls.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Blackbridge Pill - Milford Haven

A total of  11 Med Gulls this morning relaxing at low tide, in various ages / states of moult.
A dozen or so BH Gulls & 5 Redshank.

Chough - Deer Park

From Mike Bates:  Friday morning I had the pleasure of watching a group of 22 Chough feeding near Wooltack Point on the Deer Park at Martins Haven.

Friday, 21 July 2017

A Coot for the Teifi

A Coot last night from Creek Hide was the first this year..
..and the Dunlin flock is up to 95 today

Thursday, 20 July 2017


The first Green Sandpiper of the year today. Wader variety has been good over the last few days.

Med Gull - Lower Town, Fishguard

First s Med Gull this morning.

The indoor cuckoo

Cuckoos are on the move now, as shown by some recent postings, and one was recorded on a fence post on Stackpole Warren last week by Stewart Ryan of NRW.  A cuckoo indoors, though, is more likely to be a cuckoo clock!  

However, a couple of days ago Madeline Tasker in Llangwm heard a thud, and then found a juvenile cuckoo in her living room - it had probably hit the glass door with a glancing blow and was slightly concussed.
A few hours later it was showing no inclination to leave, and was making itself at home.
Madeline says - the Cuckoo.....paid no attention to water or garden worms (Madeline couldn't find any caterpillars in the garden) ...... hopped onto a chair and then vanished.......and then came back on the chair......and some time later heard some birds out side and flew  into the window from the inside.....but it must be pretty robust, it just sat on the windowsill, so we picked it up from behind and put it on top of a hedge and straightaway it flew off, a bit rocky at first, but soon in a high powerful sweeping curve.......

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Water Rail and waders - the Teifi

We haven't seen or heard a Water Rail for a couple of months, so great to see an adult wander out from the reeds at Kingfisher Pond this evening.
Wader numbers and variety peaked around high tide with 60 Dunlin, 4 Sanderling, 4 Redshank amongst the roosting Oystercatchers and Curlews opposite St. Dogmael's Quay. 3 Greylag amongst the Canada Geese too.
(Wendy J and Rich D)


c20 mins by the gull gathering at the bridge this morning. The Czech 2cy med gull redZKU0 has now been around for c10 days, as have 2 Whimbrels. 6 Redshanks flew in "carrying" a Dunlin.
Lots of unringed Oystercatchers.
I haven't seen the Caspian Gull since the day of reporting; has anyone else?.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The Teifi

This evening the 1st large flock of returning Dunlin with 42 opposite St. Dogmael's Quay with a new Greenshank. 76 Oystercatchers and c50 Curlew too. Flocks of Oystercatchers were flying high sw down the coast today including a nice V flock of c35 birds. The only new birds on the marsh this evening was a flying flock of 5 juvenile Goosanders.


Another cracking day (feeling like autumn now). 185 Sand Martin east was a new July record and a nice variety of waders included a moulting male Ruff. No sign of the Cattle Egret.


c30 Dunlin this evening, 5 Redshank, 7 Barwits. Near Easterly gale.


At the Gann this morning, 7 Dunlin, 3 Summer plumage Blacktail Godwits. Last night 1 (juv?) Wheatear, no green ring.