Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Up North

Goodwick flagpoles this lunchtime c 125 Oystercatchers. By the Stena entrance an ad & a juv Med Gull (a regular site for Meds with the Blackheadeds).
Newport bridge this afternoon 2 Greenshanks, 2 juv Moorhens (adults are very rare here) & a Whimbrel.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Autumnal signs

Whimbrel in Fishguard Harbour and this afternoon two wheaters on the break water. Willow warblers in the garden the past few mornings.All witness another turn of the calendar as these summer visitors start gently wandering south...

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Monday, 27 July 2015

The Gann

A fair number of waders at a blustery Gann inc c100 Curlew, c20 Whimbrel inc a ringed bird (C51 black on yellow upper right leg, green on lower). 8 Black-tailed godwits, 5 Ringed plover, Greenshank, Redshank and a Dunlin.

Hobby

From Dave Evans - 0930 today Monday, at Pen Anglas, Goodwick, a steady trickle of House Martins flying towards St Davids, accompanied by a Hobby.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Fishguard / Nevern

Juvenile Med Gull in Fishguard Harbour, with an adult and a 3CY at the Nevern Estuary where there was also a Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper and 2 Greenshank.  A Grasshopper Warbler reeling at Rosebush.

Marloes and Gann (Saturday)

Briefest of visits on Saturday evening. Marloes mere: Mere itself was pretty much deserted. Mallard with a family of 8 youngsters just below Britton hide. 2 Willow warblers, young Great tit, Reed bunting carrying food, Grasshopper warbler singing and a Kestrel. Gann at last light: Little grebe, Greenshank, Redshank and 2 Dunlin.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Another Hobby

Whilst out in the garden a group of noisy swallows caught my eye. Expecting to see a sparrowhawk which usually follows all the noise I was very surprised to see a Hobby that was being pursued by several swallows over the garden.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Carew

A pair of Shelducks with 7 juveniles on Carew river south of West Williamson reserve around New Shipping Point, along with 50+ Curlew, 4 Little Egrets, 2 Greenshanks & 3 Common Sandpipers on the mudflats.
Ian Sefton (Carew)

Chough - St. Govans

Just wanted to report 3 Choughs at St Govans today, near the Chapel, feeding together. This particular bird was wearing a cream/silver coloured ring on each leg as far as I could see.
(Ian Bartlett)

Juv Garganey - Marloes Mere

A juv Garganey out from Britton Hide this evening among 20 Mallard, also 2 Gadwall. At the Gann: c40 BH gulls (2 juv), 6 Whimbrel, 20 Curlew, 100 Oystercatchers, 4 Common Sandpipers, 2 Redshank and a Greenshank. 4 Little egrets. Earlier in the week (Sunday evening): Green Sandpiper flying around Marloes Mere and a Turnstone and 7 Dunlin at the Gann.

Newport am

(The) 2 Greenshanks, a Redshank, 5 Common Sandpipers & 59 Oystercatchers, all by the bridge, with a further 17 Ocs on the roost. Late July is usually the time of year for the largest flocks of Oystercatchers here.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Skokholm

First three Turnstone of the autumn. Whimbrel now daily.

Mistle Thrushes

A couple of fields near Dinas Country Club, between c now & early Autumn, frequently host parties of Mistle Thrushes. The numbers (usually 4-6) had me believing they are family parties, though I've no idea where they might breed locally.
So it was a surprise to see 14 in one field yesterday.

Hobby

A hobby was hunting insects high over Llandilo woods on Sunday pm.