Tuesday, 31 March 2015

The Gann

180 Common gulls tonight one bearing a white darvic-type ring JA9V on right leg also a 2CY Med also with a white ring. 12 GBB adults and a couple of 2CYs, towering over the other gulls. A Peregrine shot through the roost putting everything up and had a Redshank in its sights until lost to view. 5 PB Brent over by Crabhall. 12 Redshank and 2 Greenshank. A lone Sandwich Tern over the pools and the R-B merganser on the river.

Monday, 30 March 2015


From John Ramm I was at Newport bridge about 11.00 this morning: 3 greenshanks amid the usual suspects together with chiffchaffs singing close by the Information board,

The Gann

3 Sandwich Terns hunkered down in the near gale force wind, c15 Brents inc "U3" colour ring & 1 Turnstone. Tried to sort through the few Common Gulls that were there but the wind was pushing me around so much I gave up!

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Glaucous Gull

.Juv Glacous gull still Penberry res.Working with a carpenter yesterday whose family have a farm in Llawhaden recorded a Cattle Egret in a field of cattle for 5 days 3 weeks ago,he is familiar with the species as he has been to Africa on safari a few times,he's does'nt know if it is still in the area as he has'nt been back there for 3 weeks.

Gann - later than Derek

Paul G and I were at the Gann from around 6.20-7.20pm, seeing the 2CY Ring-billed Gull from last weekend, and then Paul picked up a 3CY Iceland Gull which had dropped in to the river as it flows across the beach.  It quickly relocated to the sea for a quick wash, and then flew purposefully across to Dale and onwards in the direction of one of the islands to roost (like the large gulls tend to at Dale). We also had the Red-breasted Merganser in the bay, as well as 2 Gannets, plus 10 pale-bellied Brent Geese (no rings) but not Derek's Sandwich Tern.


 My first  2015 Sandwich Tern out in the bay, 1 G/N/ Diver with another possible further out & the female R/B/Merganser fishing on the river beyond the footbridge  - flew past me & settled on the sea.

Saturday, 28 March 2015


Cold & windswept, just 10 Brents, 4 Shelduck & a distant Merganser 
Earlier at Marloes Mere, what looked like a Manx Shearwater wing close to the Britton hide.

Llys-y-fran Reservoir

Had a run around there this morning, no less than 5 Chiffchaffs in full song at various points.  Also a Great-crested Grebe in a likely looking breeding spot, and 2 Red Kites cruising around the fields on the eastern side.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Newport Estuary

Goosander 1 female
2 Little Egret
3 Greenshank
10 Redshank

Osprey Cressely

From Angela Rich - I was very interested to read osprey seen at Landshipping on Monday,we saw one at Cressely yesterday afternoon, flew over the road just before the turning to Lawrenny/Cresswell Quay.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Castlemartin and Bosherston

A final report from Steve Hearn who has been on holiday from Devon - 
Brief visit to Castlemartin Corse late morning. Very cold and windy despite the sun!
Marsh Harrier (1) 
Snipe (3)
Lapwing (4)
Chough (2)
Kestrel (1)
Raven (2)

Also early evening visit to Bosherston - nothing doing apart from now 14 Goosander (in two parties of 8 and 6). Also Grey Wagtail and 2/3 Chiffchaff. 
No Sand Martins at all on holiday and only 1 Wheatear - a slow start to Spring.


The Merganser was active above the footbridge, Brents up to 9 inc 'U3'. Dozen Teal, 4 Shelduck. 2 Wheatear on the single bank on far side of footbridge. 2 Greenshank, 10 Ringed Plover and a Grey Plover. c130 Common gulls, 4 Meds (1 adult with full hood). Watching the Common gulls it was noticeable how aggressive they are, with 3-4 really having a go at one particular Oystercatcher, and lots of squabbles over food. Many of the Common gulls are feeding in the ploughed fields adjacent to the salt marsh.

Red-breasted Merganser etc

A single female Red-breasted Merganser was feeding at the Gann this afternoon. At 1.30 it was diving and flying around just off the mouth of the river and later, as the tide dropped, moved up past the footbridge to the river and was busy diving there when I left at 3pm. Also 7 light bellied Brent geese and 3 greenshank, one on lagoon and the other two together on the river. Marloes Mere was very quiet, but about 150 golden plover flew around and finally settled on the furthest ploughed field to the west of the farm.

Andrew Sims

Glaucous Gull etc

At Penberi this morning, a juvenile Glaucous Gull was on a field next to the Reservoir. Only a few mipits around otherwise. At Sealyham, this monedula-type Jackdaw has been around for a spell.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Dartford Warblers

From  Jenny and Robert Briggs - Good views this morning (about 10.30) of a pair of Dartford warblers in the North West of the county

We also saw a merlin, but no wheatears and just one pair of stonechats.


All still a bit on the quiet...
Sand Martins are present on every visit, four this evening but no large numbers yet. Chiffchaffs are around, three singing at the CES site this evening and several seen around the pools in recent days.
A male Goosander on the river yesterday, small numbers of Teal present in all the Winter haunts, 25 Wigeon off Patch this afternoon and Water Rails still squealing in the reed-bed....
Not quite the feeling of Spring !


From Steve Hearn - Notable sightings at Abereiddy:
Peregrine (1)
Chough (4)
Cetti's Warbler (1)
Kestrel (1)
Raven (2)
Rock Pipit (1)


Marsh Harrier north today then over Skomer.

Bosherston yesterday and Cresswell Quay area today

We had a short stroll down the eastern arm at Bosherston yesterday. Fairly quiet but 8 goosanders still present and herons were noted to be nesting in their usual tree. A second pair possibly in the area too. Ravens were also noted to be nesting in their usual location. Stock Doves were calling and displaying over the lake and a single chiffchaff was heard calling but not in song.

This afternoon we went out to do some general wildlife recording in 1km squares near Cresswell Quay. Apart from local resident birds there were not many species of note but it was nice to see a small flock of marsh tits (5) and also to hear (in two separate wooded locations in each 1km square) at least three redwings occasionally in full song and behaving territorially (perhaps they were energised by the very vocal song thrushes?). They were part of a small flock probably roosting in the area whilst on migration. It may not have been Sweden or Iceland, but still nice to hear their song for a change!

St Govan's


I could only find one Wheatear at St Govan's this morning with no sign of other migrants. Chough were much in evidence with 3 pairs actively feeding with two couples squabbling.

Just 3 Oystercatchers on the beach at Kilpaison although the tide was only just starting to drop. A dozen of so Brents were way out in the bay.

Bosherston late morning was also very quiet. A few lingering Wigeon and some Mallard the only ducks. A couple of Chiffchaffs were singing below Stackpole Court