Sunday, 19 February 2017

The Teifi -- Bittern, Purple Sandpiper...

A Bittern has been showing well this morning....and yesterday !

A rather fine photo from taken yesterday from Kingfisher Hide by Tommy.

Mallard and Curlew Hides are now open again after replacement, with fine decor in Curlew Hide.

A Curlew on the inside of the Hide !!....Yes a hide shutter to the left of the Curlew's head...
(photo Wendy J)

Just out of county below the Cliff Hotel...

This Purple Sandpiper was rather good find on rocks in the mouth of the Teifi...yesterday.
(photo Chris J)

Red Kite

I wondered if this kite might be of interest, is this unusual?  It was flying over the garden near Llanfyrnach today and I have seen it recently with no tail at all.
(photo Jean HFD)

Plumstone Mountain

No Hen Harriers roosted on my BTO count this evening. Three Woodcock near Camrose on my cycle home were rather nice.

The Gann

1st Winter Iceland Gull on the river mouth (I texted Brian who turned up 10 mins before it flew off upstream) 13 Grey Plover, 7 Turnstones, 5 Barwits, 9GC Grebes, 2 GN Divers, American Wigeon. 2 Red Colour ringed GBB Gulls that I couldn`t quite read.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

The Gann

Just a small update re Brian's post, GC Grebe up to 11 & only 1 GN Diver. c16 Grey Plover, 2 Med Gulls,  4(?) Brent ( I'm half expecting colour ringed U3 to turn up en-route from France to Iceland anytime now) & the ever present Am Wigeon, as per Rob & Anne.


The Crane reported from the Pen Caer area was caught on photograph by Oliver John on Tuesday at his farm near Rhos Y Caerau. ( Thanks to Cliff for passing on the information from Lanzarote ! )

Monk Haven

Had a good look and listen in Monk Haven this morning. At least one Firecrest and 2-3 Chiffchaff, inc one briefly in song. The gate to Water Treatment Works was open with work going on in there. 2 of the Chiffchaff were favouring the tall alders between car park and WTW so mostly silhouetted. Plenty of fly life.
Brief look at the Gann 7 GC grebe and 2 Great Northerns in the bay. Richard S was staking out the flock of wigeon (inc the American wigeon) who were playing hide and seek. Hope you got some shots, Rich.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Yellow-legged gull, Goodwick

From Jemma Thomas: Adult yellow legged gull in Goodwick (Flagpoles) amongst Herring and Black backed gulls as the tide went out today at around 2pm.

Iceland and Ring-billed gull - Llys y fran

A 2cy Iceland gull appeared very late at a scattered gull roost this evening. The Ring-billed gull still here. 2 poss 3 adult Yellow-legged gulls. 6 Med gulls (2x 2cy,  a 3cy and 3 adults). Otherwise 9 Greylags among the Canada flock and pair Goldeneye. 2 Red kites dropping down to pick something up (fish remains?) by the boat shed.

Crane ? Long-tailed Duck - Pwll Deri

Yesterday morning Rob Johns glimpsed a large bird which he presumes was the Crane flying east from his farmland in the direction of Fishguard.
The long staying Long-tailed Duck is still present- see previous posts for details.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

This and that

Showing well today at the Gann the American wigeon - seemingly with a Eurasion lady friend, also 20+ Brent geese, a Little egret etc etc and,  a first for me there in the form of a Red kite 

Crane - Pwll Deri - Monday

Report of a Crane seen from coast path on Monday, in field near Treathro Farm, Pwll Deri area.

Castlemartin Corse

The wildlife spectacular of the last two weeks is no more, as the outfall has been cleared and water levels have dropped - upstream fields green again. Today a brief visit to check on Broomhill Burrows Ponds for WEBS (nil return, as usual), but large lapwing flocks flying about, >1000 settled on Kilpaison Burrows. Cetti's singing NW of Starmans Hall, ♀ merlin near the hide.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Barn Owl

Hunting at Mullock Bridge this evening

Monday, 13 February 2017

Yesterdays windy WeBs counts etc

Observations along along Carew/Cresswell Rivers and Cosheston Pill early yesterday morning indicated that numbers of most wintering waterbird species had declined since January.

Wigeon numbers were very low on Carew/Cresswell system but 75 at Cosheston was a reasonable early February count there. Teal numbers had declined but 300+ on the Carew was reasonable for this time of year.

Shelduck on the Carew/Cresswell were up - c.150 was quite a good February count; many there were displaying and paring up. Wader numbers were generally down. Few lapwings were present (e.g. c. 200 near Garron Pill), curlew numbers were noticeably down on January figures, as were numbers of dunlin and redshank. Greenshank numbers were fairly typical for the period, with at least 4 present along the Carew River and another at Cosheston where 7 black-tailed godwits were also evident.

Over at Angle Bay there were a few hundred mixed waterfowl - mostly wigeon and teal, at least 5 pintails and a similar number of shovelers. A few hundred dunlin plus at least 15 bar-tailed godwits were feeding as the tide dropped. A flock of 25 grey plovers was resting on their usual rocks at Fresh West/Furzenips area.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Amercan Wigeon / Red Kites

Cold & dreary at the Gann, the only highlight being the American Wigeon with what appeared to be a female suitor. 2 Red Kites over Sandy Haven at Spread Eagle Pill drifting East & I came across them again a few minutes later at Herbranston heading towards the former Murco refinery.

Teifi WeBS

The count of ducks and waders around the Teifi this weekend was very much as expected from regular visits by several observers.
12 Goosander and 6 Goldeneye were the duck highlights. The Pochard x Tufted  hybrid ducks were on the river after not being seen for a few weeks. This is probably the commonest occurring duck hybrid in the UK.
Wigeon numbers down but teal much the same at 140.
Waders included 47 Dunlin, 12 Ringed Plover, singles of  Greenshank, Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover and Knot. 6 Little Egrets.
Only 40 Lapwing this morning but afternoon low tide counts this week have been over 200.
Out in the bay, no Divers this week but Common Scoter can be easily seen most days. 18 yesterday.