Sunday, 24 July 2016

Carew Millpond

Ad. Med. gull in SW corner this pm, just starting to lose its black hood. One hung around in this area for some weeks last year.

Friday, 22 July 2016


A few birds moving through the island now. A Cuckoo yesterday and a Ruff on North Pond today have been highlights of last couple of days. Willow Warblers, Spotted Flycatchers and some hirundines have also been recorded. An Oystercatcher ringed on the Gann this year was also seen yesterday. See the recent sighting tab on our island blog for more details and future updates.

Teifi - Great White Egret and juvenile Tern

The Great White Egret was roosting at c11am, details as posts below. (Wendy J)
The first juvenile Sandwich Tern of the season was with an adult at The Webley, 3 Dunlin and a 3cy Med Gull too. Up-river opposite St. Dogmael's Quay, 13 additional Dunlin, 85 Curlew and 2 Black-tailed Godwits. Yesterday 13 Common Sandpipers at the old Jewsons.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Great White Egret - Teifi

The Great White Egret was roosting close to 7 Little Egrets near the gun battery at 9am. At low tide, c1400 the GWE was feeding slightly upriver opposite St Dogmael's Quay. Seven Dunlin on Patch, and a Green Sandpiper was flying around the marsh early this morning.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Great White Egret - Teifi

The Great White Egret was roosting on the Pembs side halfway between the gun battery and The Webley Hotel. Only visible from the Railings on the opposite side of the estuary. Seven Little Egrets were roosting nearby. An adult Med Gull at the Webley with c200 Black-headed Gulls inc 21 juveniles. Three Goosander from the River View Point.
Yesterday, 5 Redshank and 4 Black-tailed Godwits from the Railings, and 24 Common Scoter past the estuary mouth in two flocks.

Nolton Marsh Harrier

From Gill Buckley - I saw three choughs, a marsh harrier and a wheatear on the cliff path north of Nolton Haven today.

Amroth- Med. Gulls

The past two weeks there have been a few Med Gulls passing every evening with Black-headeds offshore from Amroth. Last week I counted 5 (3 1st summers, 1 2nd summer and an adult), all with partial or full hoods, moving west offshore. Yesterday good numbers of gulls started to gather on the shore amongst them a few juvenile Black-heads and 3 Med Gulls (2 adults and a second summer). Today there were 2, an adult and a juvenile. Luckily I had my camera this time and was able to get a few shots.

Urban little grebe

This morning found a dead (run over) little grebe in a very obscure place, the road at Fleming Crescent in Haverfordwest. First impression was shearwater but a bit early, I thought, closer inspection looked to be a young little grebe, perhaps caught up in the storms last night, and thought the road was a pond/stream?

Monday, 18 July 2016

Urban Kite

This afternoon a juvenile Red Kite passed over the roof tops of the Haverfordwest Priory Estate heading towards Merlin's Bridge.

Great White Egret - Teifi

The GWE roosting with 1 Little Egret and 5 Grey Herons near the gun battery at 830am. View from the Railings opposite. Green Sandpiper on the Reserve this morning.

Sunday, 17 July 2016


Yesterdays colour ringed Curlews - White 06 number on black was ringed at The Gann on 03.10.15, re-sighted at the Gann on 22.11.15.
White 08 number on black was ringed at the Gann 0n 03.10.15.

Thanks Brian for your sightings and feedback.
Mike Sherman

Little Owl

A Little owl in the quarry south of Porthgain for the 4th year with 4 Chough on the cliff top nearby.

Teifi - Great White Egret and other news

1130am the Great White Egret was still feeding around the estuary best from St. Dogmael's Quay at low tide.

Always likely to be distant, but nice photo above from Gary Reynolds capturing some of the returning waders ....and the GWE late this morning. Wader totals so far today...5 Greenshank, 9 Redshank, 32 Dunlin, and 5 Sandwich Terns. Gary also managed 5 rh Goosander from the River View Point on the Reserve and  2 Tufted Duck flying over !!
 In addition Wendy had a Ringed Plover fly over Patch, and now 11 Common Sandpipers at the old Jewsons site.
4 Greylag Geese are still with the Canada Geese and last night at high tide a mobile small wader flock contained 6 Sanderling with 12 Dunlin. Also last night 1 calling Whimbrel and 76 roosting Curlew. We now have over 200 returning Black-headed Gulls, and 31 Shelducklings, a very good survival rate.
An adult male Redstart and juvenile Marsh Tit were caught during CES ringing near Kingfisher Pond on the Reserve this morning.
(several observers)

Great White Egret - Teifi estuary

The Great White Egret is still present this morning, now on the Pembrokeshire side of the estuary. At 08.50 it was on a sandbank between The Webley Hotel and St Dogmaels so best viewed from Coronation drive on the Ceredigion side.
Also 3 Greenshank and 3 Sandwich Terns.

Saturday, 16 July 2016


74 BH gull inc 18 juveniles with a Sandwich tern roosting with them. 2 Meds both 2cy. 2cy Common gull. 80 Curlew inc 2 ringed birds. Red left/black right white numerals 06 and 08. 2 Whimbrel. 6 Redshank. Greenshank and 2 Common sandpiper. 3 Little egret on river. What looked like a juvenile Merlin flashed through? Surely too early??
Well done 'Team Pembs Bird Report' on latest issue.

Great White Egret - Teifi Marshes and estuary

A couple of distant shots of today's adult Great White Egret...opposite St. Dogmael's Quay this evening.

 Both photos with the Great White Egret standing next to a Little Egret.

The GWE was first seen in flight by Chris Jones whilst ringing on the Marsh this morning at 625am. Then was then watched by Wendy and myself on / off until 725am at a couple of points along the river and in flight over us at the River View Point.

After preparing for tomorrow morning's CES ringing, the GWE was found roosting on the mud opposite the Quay. (photos above by Dyfed and Wendy James)
I have just received a text from Siwan Thomas, the GWE is now roosting with two Little Egrets in trees next to the "Gun Battery" only viewable from the Railings on the Ceredigion side. This is the usual heron roost site.

2015 Bird Report

The 2015 Pembrokeshire Bird Report is now available as a free download - please click on the cover above to download. The report is also available by clicking on the Reports section at the top of this blog. Once open click on the Download arrow  and choose the option to open with Adobe Reader. The document will open (assuming you have Adobe Reader installed on your computer) as a PDF file which can then be saved to your computer for easy access.

Congratulations and thanks to the editorial team of Jon Green, Steve Berry, Clive Hurford and Adrian Rogers for compiling an excellent report.