Thursday, 27 November 2014

Bosherston

The Long-tailed Duck still present on the eastern arm at Bosherston late this morning. It was on it's own diving in the middle. Also on the eastern arm 7 red head Goosanders.

Over on the arm by Bosherston Village there were 3 female Tufties and 3 Goldeneye (a drake and 2 females).

Newport

At the Iron Bridge early this morning I seen 6 Greenshank, 14 Dabchick & 2 Kingfishers.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Plumstone Mountain

A nice cycle to Plumstone late afternoon was rewarded with a fine view of an adult male Hen Harrier. Around 20,000 Starlings roosted in the conifer plantation and a Peregrine put in an appearance.

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Jack Snipe

One was at Penberi Reservoir this morning.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Gann and Broadhaven

From Andrew Sims -A goldeneye on the pond at the Gann yesterday (24th). Today I found 2 water rail at Broadhaven north in the scrub where the stream enters the slash pond.

Merlin over Haverfordwest

I was driving from town towards the Bellevue Inn when a merlin flew low across the road, jinked between the houses and disappeared heading north.

Angle

The female Marsh Harrier was still present on Castlemartin Corse this morning perched on a bush in the reed bed before flying off towards Angle. Still a fair bit of water in front of the reed bed where there were 9 Moorhen, 60 Mallard, 70 Teal and a female Pintail. Also 1 Buzzard seen and 21 Snipe. Around Starmans Hall there were a few Mipits, 30 or so Skylarks and a couple of Goldfinches.

Earlier at Kilpaison 28 Brents, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Knot, 12 Dunlin and a Redshank. Loads of Wigeon and a few Great-crested Grebes out in the bay.

At Angle Harbour 30 Oystercatchers, 14 Redshan, 1 Greenshank and 1 Little Egret.

Bosherston

The Long-tailed Duck was still in the eastern arm of Bosherston Lily Ponds this morning, along with a Kingfisher, two Tufted Ducks and seven or more Goosanders.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Slebech Starling roost

Although numbers of starlings using the reed-bed roost are not as high as they were a few years ago, there must have been at least 50,000 (perhaps as many as 100,000) birds coming into the reed-bed this evening.

There were also at least 2 Firecrests calling near the Minwear Wood viewing point at dusk before going to roost nearby. A small tightly-packed flock of 8 Little Grebes was also on the river - perhaps they were also watching the waves of starling flocks dropping in. There were no obvious raptors patrolling the area this evening.



Snow Bunting @ Marloes Mere

A beautiful afternoon at Marloes Mere, sunny and still, and a nice surprise in the form of a Snow Bunting on the track between the Youth Hostel and the Britton Hide.  It was quite confiding, gradually moving east, with a brief foray along the track towards the beach just beyond the YH, and last seen in the field just behind the YH.  A lone juvenile dark-bellied Brent Goose was in the Trehill Fields, and the mere held plenty of the usual ducks including at least 20 Shoveler.  2 collybita Chiffchaffs were in the willows either side of the hide.  A walk over to the coast gave some superb views of the islands in such clear light, including Grassholm and the Smalls.  Skokholm looked a little lonely now that Richard & Giselle have left for the winter.




Byron's Merlin


Not much else though.

St.Davids Head

A  Merlin and two late Swallows on the Head this morning.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Little Owl and Snow Bunting

From Steve Jarvis - Sunday, Lochvane near Solva, Little Owl enjoying the late sunshine.

And from Andrew Tuddenham  - Good views of a very approachable Snow Bunting around Foel Cwmcerwyn this afternoon at around 3:30.  I walked it up the path to the north of the trig point for 100m or so before it flew back round towards the summit.  

Dale

On the airfield around 4-500 Lapwing, 25 Skylark & 12 Snipe (no sign of any Lapland Bunting).  In the village a good looking candidate for a Siberian Chiffchaff sticking to the upper canopy of the western most pine bordering the car park.  Offshore the gull roost didn't really get going (just 3 Med Gulls), also a Guillemot and at the Gann a Greenshank flew over calling and there was a Kingfisher at the southern end of the lagoon.

Newport Sun am

Highlights at the bridge were 3 Greenshanks & a pair of Goosanders. With the gulls was a Skokholm ringed Great Black Back.

An even later swallow

Following my Stackpole house martin the other day - a juvenile swallow flying about in the sunshine near the sheep pens on Stackpole Warren.

Black Redstart

Info and pic from Helen Wood - Black Restart still present at the cottage by the old lighthouse, St Ann's Head yesterday 22nd.

Peregrine

Over the Irish Ferries dock, a peregrine just after lunch today.

Long-tailed Duck at Bosherston

An imm Long-tailed Duck was consorting with a female Goldeneye in the eastern arm of Bosherston Lily Ponds this morning.  The birds were about mid-way between Eight-arch Bridge and Grassy Bridge and staying in the shade close to the far bank.  Also ten or more Goosanders nearby with at least five Tufted Ducks.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Fortune's Frolic

Had a quick walk down the Frolic on the outskirts of Haverfordwest this morning. Highlights were a Red Kite drifting over, a splendid male Goosander, Little Egret, 2 Water Rails heard and a squabbling couple of Kingfishers- All within a short walk of the town centre!

Barn owl

On the new A477 a barn owl where the pylons cross the road, this evening at dusk.

Garden Warbler @ Broad Haven

Had a sniff around the promising looking valley at Broad Haven behind Broad Haven Holiday Park (there is a nice footpath that runs up towards Haroldston from where you can cut across to the Coast Path).  Whilst I was hoping for something unusual, I was not expecting to see a Garden Warbler, which I saw 3 times between the gate by the caravan park and the tyre-on-a-rope over the stream.  Also here Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest etc, so worth a look.

Marloes, Gann - again

Returned to Marloes Mere  with my scope to count the Lapwings properly - 563. Then 3 more flocks flew in containing a total of some 400, then another 30 dropped out of the sky as I left, so just over a 1,000 birds on the field at Trehill. 25 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 1 female Merlin were the other noteworthy`s.
On to the Gann, GN Diver offshore, then I started counting Med Gulls - quite distant on a flat sea - I  counted 60, then up to 70, then 80 before the light started going, then some from the rear started leap frogging, in the end I gave up as I was struggling to see in the twilight, certainly 60+ birds. On the way home I followed a Barn Owl up from Mullock Bridge for 100m or so, it seemed completely unfazed by my headlights behind it as it flew along the road in front of me. Was it using them to spot any potential meal?

Newport

2 colour ringed Med Gulls today.
Green AJRN has been around since Nov 5. It was ringed as an adult on a nest near Hamburg in May 2010 & has mostly been seen in that area apart from a sighting in Dorset in Feb 11.
White 3E71 was ringed as a 3cy near Antwerp in June 05, & has been a regular visitor to West Wales with many sightings at Fishguard, Aberystwyth & Newport. I first saw it in Sept 08 & it spent most of Jan 2014 at Newport. Not surprisingly it's ring is beginning to look a bit tatty.
On another note a count of 77 Common Gulls 2 days ago set the Bird Track red light flashing.Similar numbers today.

Black Redstart

Today a Female/Juv on St Davids Cathedral at the bottom of the Clock Tower facing the Bell tower also c200 Golden Plover in fields opposite Ocean Haze - StD 

Marloes / Gann

Fairly busy this morning at the Mere, several hundred Lapwings in Trehill fields, with a rather out of place Brent Goose. Also a large mixed Corvid flock beyond the farm. Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler  & visiting couple from Chepstow   picked out a female pintail & 2 Golden Plovers in with the Lapwings.
At the Gann, the GND has gone, being replaced by a Merganser, a couple of  big Gull roosts mainly Lesser / Greater/ Herring, quite a few Teal
& Wigeon around too.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Black Redstart

From Helen Wood - We have been staying all week in the small holiday cottage attached to the old St Ann's Head lighthouse. This morning at 11:10 during a dry spell between the showers I again saw the Black Redstart from the rear window feeding on the patio close to the cottage. This probably means that it is resident in this area.