Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Strumble Ring Ouzel

From Dave Evans - In an hour's walk west from Strumble Head today, 0900-1000, one female Ring Ouzel and just one Wheatear.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Hoopoe -- nr Abercych

A Hoopoe was seen today on the road side near Manordeifi Church which is on the small road from Llechryd to Abercych, not a regular sight in these parts!!
(Rob Wilson)

St. David's Head

Good evening
On holiday in St David's - first visit for a couple of years.
On arrival at 3pm walked to St David's Head.
Notable sightings:

Red-throated Diver (2) close inshore - 1 summer and 1 winter plumage!
Merlin (1) seen briefly
Wheatear (10+)
Chiffchaff (3/4)
Chough (6+)
Rock Pipit (1)
Shag (1)
Stonechat (2)
Linnets (6+)
No Hirundines!

(Steve Hearn)

Brian Wanted a Cheese & Pickle......

But the only Sandwich I could find was this single bird at the Gann, fishing from Musselwick to the river & up to the car park & back, very obliging - couldn`t stop taking pics - here`s a few.


Also 27 (?) Brent, 2 Ringed Plover.

Wheatears - St Davids Head



Newport

This afternoon, the Cattle Egret, 2 Skokholm Great Black Backs & a summer plumage Black Tailed Godwit.

St Davids - Ring Ouzels

A nice morning on St Davids Head with a male and female Ring Ouzel being the highlight. My first 3 Willow Warblers of the year, 2 Blackcaps, 12 Wheatears, 6 Sand Martins and 3 Choughs calling overhead.

Great Grey Shrike - Plumstone

Report from Ifor Jones of a Great Grey Shrike on the north flank of Plumstone near Mountain Cott farm yesterday (Sunday)


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Skokholm

Smart Lapland Bunting still here, 21 Wheatear and a small number of other migrants.

Marloes Peninsula

Pretty quiet. Only one Chiffchaff where a few days ago there were a dozen and no Wheatear. A lingering Wigeon on Marloes mere, 4 Black-tailed godwits flying over. The male Swan was chasing off the the two pairs of Canadas. A littoralis-type Rock pipit by the entrance to the Deer Park. Merlin dashing through Trehills fields.

Newport

4 red head Goosanders upstream & what I think was a 2nd W Iceland Gull with the Herrings. 2 Little Egrets, but no sign of the Cattle one.

Teifi Marshes


From Jeremy Moore - The bittern was briefly seen from the heron hide in flight in the willow scrub in the centre of the reedbed about 12.45 hrs. today. So probably just in Pembs.

Near the heron hide was a singing blackcap but that probably belongs in Ceredigion.

St Florence

3 Blackcaps and several Chiffchaffs singing along the Ritec on this beautiful spring morning.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Llandilo

From Trevor Price - Interesting that Paddy heard Chiffchaff singing on Friday for the first time this year. I too had 2 not too far away from him on the same day. My local Willow Tits have not been heard this year yet, having been around until the end of 2016.
2 new Llandilo species recently for me were- 2 Snipe flushed from one of the farm fields on Friday and 4 Grey Lag Geese flew over in N E direction this evening.

Hirundines

2 Swallows in off the sea at the Gann, followed by 3 Sand Martins 15 mins later at Mullock Marsh.

Skokholm

The aforementioned Cranes came in from the southeast and reached the Lighthouse before deciding that another long sea crossing was not for them. They headed north for Skomer and then east from Skomer's Neck. They were unringed and a first for Skokholm.


Cranes reported over Skokholm

Had a morning around the Marloes peninsula. About a dozen Wheatear but not alot else. As I was leaving the Deer Park, Eddie freshly landed from Skomer, shouted up about 3 Cranes reported moments earlier!!! We gave the skies a good scan but another one that got away!!!

Friday, 24 March 2017

Skokholm

Another great day. The two Lapland Buntings still here, another (or the same) Red Kite and a Barnacle Goose along with a nice variety of early migrants including 20 Wheatear, our first Blackcap and another Willow Warbler.

Bittern, Teifi



Bittern still on the kingfisher pond this morning, Cardigan Wildlife centre. Jean Dovey

Deer Park etc

I could almost believe it was spring at the Deer Park this morning with the warm sunshine. Not much in the way of migrants, however, with just 3 Wheatears - two females and a male. A female Merlin flew along the cliffs and a party of 5 Chough were feeding on the cliff top.

A similar story at Marloes Mere with 1 Chiffchaff outside the hide and a further 6 along the track near the youth hostel. On the Mere  c.30 Teal, and a few Shoveller and Mallard.

Quiet too at The Gann soon after midday - 2 Little Egrets, a Black Tailed Godwit, 5 Redshank and a few Teal and Wigeon.

Preseli Springtime

The first singing chiffchaff was at Llandilo woods this morning, heralding spring here despite the temperature being 4 degrees C with a northerly wind. The local kites, were making the most of the bright, windy days yesterday afternoon with four pairs displaying over traditional nest sites in the area, looking stunning in the sunshine. Magpies, mistle thrushes, carrion crows and blackbirds have all been seen carrying nest material this morning, and nice to hear a dipper in full song.

Teifi -- Pintail

Four Pintail on the main river this morning. Three males and one female were best viewed from the Railings at 730am but likely to move on the falling tide.
(sev obs...in fact 5 observers for this early morning Teifi twitch)


( photo..and many thanks Howard and Siwan for early news)

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Skokholm

A cracking day including the first Willow Warblers of the year, only our ninth Red Kite and a couple of Lapland Buntings. Full account of a great day on the Skok blog.

White Wagtail - Newgale



Garganey



Two record shots of today's Garganey.

Hooded Crow - Pen Caer

A Hooded Crow on farmland this morning, c1km north of Abermawr/ Aberbach.
(Rob Johns)

Garganey - Newgale

Female Garganey on campsite flood late morning with 9 Teal. Also a littoralis Rock Pipit and a White Wagtail.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Skokholm

The 16th Island record of Hooded Crow this morning.

Re odd duck

We recently saw ducks like this on Fuerteventura of all places - they turned out to be Mallard x Muscovy.

Golden Plovers

Steve Jarvis reports a flock of 50 over Solva this morning, not a common sight this winter gone.

Odd Duck

Is this bird, at the bridge at Newport today, a melanistic Mallard?


Newport Cattle Egret

Still there this morning.9.00 on the river bank. 10.00 in the lime kiln field.