Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Iceland Gulls - Llys y fran Resr.

Two juvenile Iceland Gulls and 1 ad Med Gull at the reservoir late afternoon c1630.
(Jon Green)

Monday, 19 February 2018


A female Hen Harrier spent five minutes hunting over the common before going down to roost.

Probable Cranes, Milford Haven

Approaching Johnston from Sentry Cross direction at 5.30pm this evening, I noticed what appeared to be 2 geese flying side-by-side in the direction of Milford. Keeping an eye on them (and the traffic) as I got to the new roundabout I realised they were much further away than I thought, and therefore much, much bigger!! I noticed how shallow and steady their wing beats were. I headed straight across towards Tiers Cross hoping to get a closer view, but they swung due south towards Milford or beyond. I drove to Hebrandston and back via Milford but no further sign. In a nutshell, huge, long necked, dark winged (silhouetted against clear evening sky), flying side-by-side had me immediately thinking Cranes...

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Iceland Gull - Pembroke Mill Pond

A juvenile Iceland Gull present at 3pm today on the Mill Pond.

Purple Sandpiper at the Gann

Last night at the Gann, a purple sandpiper was recaptured, originally ringed there on 20th January 2018. It struck us that this is probably an unusual record for the site? On both occasions it did not turn up until well after dark, at high tide.

A single whimbrel was also present on both these occasions, flying in at dusk from the estuary direction.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Out west... poss Tristis

Been a few weeks since I visited Marloes and the Gann. Very quiet on walk out to Martins Haven. Fields very quiet. A smallish grey goose flying with the Canadas towards Skomer, but distant and largely silhouetted. Good to see the Pintail survived the recent run-in with the Harrier.
Gann was similarly quiet, single Med among the small gull roost. Managed a better look at the Chiffchaff that's been around all winter. Looks very like a poss Tristis. Tobacco stained ear coverts, hint of pale bar on greater coverts, generally lacking in greens and yellow. Responded instantly when I played Tristis call allowing a quick photo. Definitely worth a look as it's so accessible.

Castlemartin Corse WEBS

WEBS this morning with Rob and Christine Lewis and Mike Robinson. Hardly any standing water, and as has been the story for much of this winter no ducks at all.

Snipe numbers holding up at around 390, the fen meadow lifting with them and parties flying about the reedbed. 70 golden plover, 33 curlew and 1100 lapwing, with a lot feeding on the Kilpaison Burrows side. Upstream from the pine trees, 23 greylags feeding on the wet meadows. Two grey herons, a female merlin hunting...and good views of the female marsh harrier. Cetti's warbler heard briefly, twice.


Two Chiffchaff feeding in the sunshine seaward side of the Poppit Life Boat station this morning.


Good views from the Fort earlier of a Black-throated Diver.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Bittern and Water pipit, Newgale

A Water Pipit with a dozen Rock Pipits, briefly, on the campsite before work this morning. Everything flushed, probably by a bird of prey, leaving the campsite deserted.  Moving across to check the Teal on a very flooded marsh behind the Duke, a Bittern appeared stalking along the edge of the reedbed. By the time I'd untangled the camera strap from the scope strap (!) it had walked into the reeds. Nipped down with Paul this evening but nothing, water levels were much reduced.

Tufted Ducks and diving waterfowl in North Pembs

Eight Tufted Duck were the usual highlight at Rosebush Resr this morning. No sign of the GG Shrike in Pantmaenog. 1 Great Crested Grebe back at the breeding site of Rosebush and 9+ at Llys y fran Resr, just 1 in Fishguard Harbour. 1 Goldeneye on Llys y fran Resr and 3 still on the River Teifi.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Firecrests, Stackpole Court

Two Firecrests below Stackpole Court lunchtime today. Also a female Blackcap.

Willow Tit - Llangloffan Fen

One in full song in the sunshine mid afternoon from the boardwalk @SM9063176. Still no luck with any Water Pipits at Newgale this morning, with an adult Med Gull being the best of a trawl through the gulls. On a second visit to Newgale late afternoon, a 3cy Med Gull was about the most interesting gull to fly over the marsh straight out to sea presumably to roost.

Black Redstart - - Porthgain

Male Black Redstart in the Porthgain quarry - upper level - 10.30 this morning, in a rather vigorous wind !
(Robert and Jenny Briggs)

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Blackcap, St Dogmaels

Male Blackcap on my garden fat-balls in the pouring rain this morning.

Stackpole Court site

Yesterday pm - looking down from the Terrace - firecrest, chiffchaff and other stuff flitting about in the willows and alders. 5 displaying buzzards.