Monday, 27 April 2015


A Nightingale was at the Obs for most of the day. A Little Egret on North Pond was rarer in Island terms.


Good to see a couple of male Yellowhammers on territory in the hedgerows around Angle this morning, along with several Sedge Warblers, Whitethroats and this Grasshopper Warbler.

St David's

From Steve Jarvis - 30 Whimbrel on the Golf Course this morning.


Despite the cold conditions this morning the sunshine had the birds singing with Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs and Whitethroats in full song at both Manorbier and Lydstep. No Willow Warblers though and, it would seem, no new arrivals after yesterday's North wind.

A few Razorbills below the cliffs at Lydstep and with a flat calm sea and cold, clear conditions there were great views to Lundy and the North Devon coast.

Sunday, 26 April 2015


Beggars can't be choosers, but we might have hoped that today's first for Skokholm might have been something a bit more exciting than a pale-bellied Brent Goose. Cracking island record nonetheless.

Wisemans Bridge

Walking into Saundersfoot late this morning I heard the familiar sound of Whimbrel calling ............30 plus flew  onto the rocks, what a wonderful sight and sound as they took off again and circled round before flying inland.


My first Lesser Whitethroat of the year on the road by the racecourse. A bit more relaxed than twitching my first Hudsonian Godwit by bike on the Somerset Levels yesterday.

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The Gann

As Richard said below, the cold airstream at the moment seems to have put movement to a halt. Just 2 Common Sandpipers at the Gann earlier this morning, with 10 (unringed as far as I could see) Brent Geese appearing this afternoon - seeking respite from from the strong headwind maybe.

St Govan's & Freshwater West

At St Govan's late morning the strong Northerly wind seemed to have put migration on hold with just one Wheatear seen. A pair of Chough provided some entertainment as they relentlessly pursued and harassed an interloper into their territory. A dozen or so Gannets were close in and provided some great views as they fished right under the cliffs.

At Freshwater West early afternoon a few Sand Martins were around the cliff top colony. A quick walk on Castlemartin Corse produced few birds but the male of a pair of Wheatears allowed a vey close approach.

Merlin at the Parrog

A female merlin passed over the Boat Club at Newport heading inland, mobbed by several swallows, at lunchtime today.


From Peter Howe - Newgale marsh was dead, just South of Newgale male Eider close in, Razorbill, guillemot and gannets out to sea. Nolton had some migrant activity including whitethroat and at broadhaven 5 sandwich terns.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Strumble to Fishguard this morning

There was a good passage of hirundines this morning, along the coast between Strumble and Pen Anglas. In the course of about three hours several hundred swallows and smaller numbers of sand martins were noted heading west - presumably bound for Ireland.

Other recently arrived migrants included sedge warblers in song in a few places and two lesser whitethroats in full song in willow scrub near Penrhyn.

A small colony of fulmars was in residence at their usual location but choughs were notably absent along this stretch of coast today.

Marloes peninsula

Usual circuit, still about a dozen Teal on mere (earlier in the week min 12 pairs Teal), 5 Gadwall and c50 Mallard, 2 Shelduck and 3 pairs Shoveler. Dozen Wheatear in rough pasture by Martins Haven. Cuckoo being mobbed by pipits on Deer Park and a Short-eared owl flushed from undergrowth headed down into Martins Haven.

Friday, 24 April 2015


From Steve Jarvis - Plenty of activity on the Airfield and surrounding paths, lots of Willow Warbler, Stonechat, Skylark, Whitethroat etc. 2 Wheatear very visible and1 Sedge Warbler and at least 3 Grasshopper Warbler calling.
No sign of the Stork!

Thursday, 23 April 2015


Osprey, Tree Pipit, Redstart, Whinchat, Merlin, Mute Swan, Magpie, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, stacks of warblers, even more Wheatear. A cracking day.


Late afternoon found 3 sp Dunlin & 7 Whimbrel.

St David's

Just back home after a couple of glorious days at Leithyr Meadows campsite St David's. As already reported by Mike Y P the weather has brought in a flood of migrants with many warblers and Swallows and House Martins hawking or passing along the coast.

Yesterday a Pied Flycatcher popped up on the hedge as we were having breakfast in the Van and was obliging enough to come back for a photo. On walk up to Carn Llidi there were numerous Wheatears in line with the big numbers reported on Skokholm and the hedges held plenty of Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps.

This morning several Whitethroats were singing away around the campsite, seemingly getting down to setting up territories immediately after their arrival.

Ring Ouzels - yesterday

From Catherine Hammond - Saw 3 ring ouzels yesterday 22 April at Llanwnda (between Goodwick and Strumble Head) just before 2pm. One flew over our garden and I was alerted by its call and ran in to get binoculars by which time it had landed on Garnwnda with 2 others. Certainly one male the others might have been female.

White Stork

I have had no news so far this morning but there is a footpath through the area Grid ref SM789264. If you do go looking do the usual stick to the footpath and park were you won't cause any obstruction.

Early morning Cuckoo

I was awoken this morning by a Cuckoo singing just opposite my house in Llanteg. I manged a quick view before it flew off. This is the first I have ever seen here and it's a new house tick!!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

White Stork update

The bird was around this morning between 7- 10.30 with a few glimpses this afternoon. I have asked the person in question to left me know if it hangs around. If it does and it's OK with the finder then maybe permission can be gained to view the bird. I will post more info as and when I get it.

Carew - swifts this evening

Arriving at Carew Castle, just before sunset, with others to help out with a bat survey, two swifts were flying over Carew village (a regular breeding location). They were our first swifts this spring.

Starlings (at least a few pairs) are also nesting in Carew village and further up the hill at Whitehill. Nice to see that small colonies of both of these species are still breeding in the area. 


Yet another cracking day. First Whinchat and Cuckoo of year. Also Redstart, 120 Wheatear and a nice variety of warblers. Totals on Skok blog as always.

White Stork near Solva

Following Steve's post below, I have also just been made aware of this via Facebook, it is definitely a White Stork!  Have messaged the finder for more information.  The post is public, so this link may work for some/all of you:

Minwear Wood/Blackpool Mill/Toch Wood area this morning

Did a first BBS visit to this wooded area this morning. As well as the usual woodland residents it was nice to see and hear my first wood warbler of the spring (only one individual male seen) but hopefully others will be there within a day or two. Garden warblers were also present (my first of the year) in a couple of  scrubby areas. They were easily outnumbered by blackcaps throughout the forest by I reckon at least 15:1 - blackcaps are now pretty well everywhere.

Redstarts were noted to be back at Blackpool Mill (male in full song) at probably their most southerly regular breeding site in the County. Tree Pipits were also in full song in one area (perhaps they'll take full advantage of the large open glades created by recent clear-felling?). Other woodland birds included song thrushes, probably outnumbering blackbirds by some 10:1. A flock of 12 fieldfares feeding on Ivy berries high in the oaks with 4 jays was a reminder that winter is not quite over!

On the Eastern Cleddau there were a few common sandpipers feeding along the wooded shore plus two dippers in usual spots near Blackpool Mill. Here the resident grey wagtails were displaying. The male of the pair photographed being not a particularly well-marked individual.

A lovely morning all round - full of woodland bird song.



Not much time for birding today so it was pleasing to squeeze in a good haul - highlights: woodchat shrike still here (8th day), second ring ouzel of the year, first pied flycatcher and sedge warbler of the year, yellow wagtail, grey wagtail and 2 common redstarts

White Stork

Had a report indirectly of a White Stork at Solva today,awaiting photo and details.


At the bridge this morning 3 Greenshanks & 9 Common Sandpipers. Further downstream 4 pairs of Shelducks, 2 Dunlin, 10 Ringed Plovers then 5 Whimbrel dropped in briefly.
A juv plumage Wood Pigeon must have been an early start.

St Davids Hd am

A lovely morning to be out and an excellent selection of migrants. The first Spotted Flycatchers (2) and Lesser Whitethroat were joined by Common Redstart, Blackcaps (30+ including mini flocks) Willow Warblers, the odd Chiffchaff, Whitethroats, Sedge Warblers, Grasshopper Warblers and Wheatears. All good fun.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The Gann

4 Green Sandpipers that flew over, round the lagoon & off towards Angle was a nice surprise, so much in fact I didn`t think to get a record pic.  A Tufted Duck zooming around was also a bit of a surprise but I was ready this time!

At least 15 Whimbrel, 2 Chough & the 30+ Dunlin / Ringed Plover flock.

Deer Park

A bright, sunny morning with a light easterly breeze this morning which had brought in quite a few migrants. Yesterday evening with a brisk North wind at the Deer Park I had managed just 2 Wheatears but this morning there were 9 Wheatears around the headland and in the garden of Rath Cottage 3 Whitethroats, 4 Blackcaps (3 male, 1 female), a few Willow Warblers and a female Pied Flycatcher. Also 2 more Whitethoat in the Gorse near the lookout.

The Gann on a Spring morning

This was how the Gann should be - a calm sunny morning, loads of birds and no people! About 50 Dunlin and 20 Ringed Plover were scuttling along the tide line in front of the incoming tide, while 3 Whimbrel fed further up the beach and 70 Oystercatchers loafed. On the pools there were 3 Common Sandpipers and the usual Greenshank, with a few Dabchick and still some Teal. On the grass were 2 very approachable feeding Choughs and a couple of Wheatears while the gorse bushes held singing Linnets. A few Curlew flew over but alas no Terns. Still, can't have everything.