Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Yellow Wagtail and House Martins

Teifi Marshes;-
1 Yellow Wagtail came in to roost with the Pied Wagtails this evening, c50 wagtails the first reasonable size roost this August. 1 Green Sandpiper flying between pools, and three Water Rails at Creek Hide.
The highlight of CES ringing  this morning - three new Kingfishers.

Pen Caer peninsular;-
News from Rob Johns, the first large movement of House Martins this morning. Two flocks feeding and moving through..each c200 birds.

Gann, St Anns and Marloes Mere

Beautiful evening and sunset. Gann: very quiet so I resorted to counting the Curlew (c150). Redshank and a Little Egret in pools. St Anns Head: 30+ Pied Wagtails (lots of juveniles). Marloes Mere: Heron, 3 Teal, 60 Mallard, 2 Black-tailed Godwits and a Greenshank chasing around the edges of the water, levels have dropped again so looking better for a few waders.

Skokholm

Osprey and a Yellow Wagtail the highlights so far this morning.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Skomer

Just a quick picture of the Gyr Falcon that has been on Skomer for the last two days, as it is such an impressive beast. It's a shame it's not wild as it seems such a perfect place for it and it might have even reduced our Canada Goose population.



Also today: 7 Buzzards, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, Dunlin and Turnstone (both fly overs heard not seen), 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Sand Martins, 3 Willow Warblers, 20+ Ravens.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

High tide on the Teifi

Some typical mid-August numbers rather than excitement...
Three Ringed Plover and one Redshank on Patch.c15 Little Egrets roosting opposite the railings. c100 Oystercatcher around the roosts, and c100 Curlew opposite St Dogmael's Quay, where creches of 12 and 4 Shelduck still hang out;- not sure if some juvenile Shelduck are elsewhere in the estuary...Mute Swans now up to 23.
Three Common Sandpipers at Jewson's - low numbers so far, and at least two Green Sandpipers around the marsh. Ten Teal at Creek hide with 1 Common Snipe. Two Little Grebe are now residents on Mallard Pond.
Sedge Warblers are moving through the reed-bed -- 42 new birds ringed yesterday morning, --see Dunlins, Swallows and Sedgies

Strumble - Great Shearwater

One Great Shearwater and one Long-tailed Skua today see Strumble Seawatching

Friday, 15 August 2014

Gann, St Anns Head and Marloes Mere

Gann: BH Gull with large white ring left leg and small metal ring right, too distant to get any details. 68 Carrion Crows, 31 Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper. St Anns Head: c300 Linnets (with 20 House Sparrows and 20 Juv Goldfinch) and 42 Pied Wags in the field in front of lighthouse. Marloes Mere by contrast was really quiet 6 Pied Wags and a Teal.

Green Sandpipers

Two Green Sandpipers on St'Davids airfield this morning - on shallow pools near the west car park.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

North Pembs - waders etc

Newport today;-
1 Turnstone, 38 Dunlin, 34 Ringed Plover, some movement since yesterday's 22 Dunlin, and 34 Ringed Plover.
Teifi today;-
12 Redshank, 4 Common Sandpipers, 2 Sandwich Terns, and c15 Little Egrets. Yesterday 3 Greenshank off the Railings, and these two from Creek Hide by Tommy Evans...

 The presumed leucistic Herring Gull (see posts below) was off The Webley Hotel at high tide Wednesday..

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Ringed Whimbrel

Amazingly the ringed Whimbrel of several days ago was at exactly the same spot by the bridge yesterday afternoon - It is D01 & was ringed at Llanion (between Aberaeron & Aberystwyth), on the way north, on May 10 this year.
Also in the general area, 5 juv Med Gulls, 4 Common Sandpipers & a Little Grebe.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Dave Astins takes the plunge!

Mad man Dave Astins, a Triathlete as well as hot birder, is going to swim from Marloes over to Skokholm on 22 August raising money for the work on Skokholm Island in the process.

See details and the opportunity to sponsor Dave here

Good luck Dave - should get some good close up views of Manxies etc on the way!

Fishguard

From Dave & Julia Evans - Fishguard Harbour this morning, 2 Black Guillemots below the Stena Quay, 1 juv Great Crested Grebe just off the inner breakwater.

That white gull

There has been a leucistic herring gull breeding at Drinkim on Caldey Island for at least five years and this year we ringed a chick (see the Teifi Ringing Group website for a photo) which was clearly also going to turn out as a leucistic bird.
The only caveat to this is that the bill of the bird on Caldey is, I am fairly sure, a standard yellow type which is what you might expect whereas the Teifi bird has this stonking pink or red bill. 
Could it be a 4th year Glaucous - there is a picture of a similar bird in the Poyser gull book.