Friday, 1 July 2016

Teifi ...first juvenile Black-headed Gull

A new season high of 44 Black-headed Gulls at The Webley high tide roost this evening, also an adult Med Gull and our 1st juvenile Black-headed Gull of the year. - see post below.

(photo Wendy)

16 Shelducklings opposite the Quay, surely different from the creche of 7 seen this side of the estuary this morning ? The Canada Geese flock opposite the Quay numbered c250 this evening with 3 Greylag Geese. 1 Teal on Heron Pond too.
(Wendy J and Rich D)

Newport this & that

Shelducks; initially 5 (or 6) pairs, perhaps 2 pairs bred producing 1 brood of 8, now down to 6, but no further losses recently. The none/failed breeders have left leaving just the family.
A Greenshank at the bridge was a bit early. A family of Herons has been there for the last couple of days.
This ?Black Headed Gull on the strandline on the main beach seems to be from a French scheme (well it does have a metal ring from MUS PARIS).

A Garden Warbler has restarted singing on path to the beach, c100m before the white house. (I have seen it - once!)

Teifi birding

A look around the estuary at high tide this morning. Curlews now up to 18, and 23 adult Black-headed Gulls, we await the first juveniles. A creche of 7 Shelducklings at the Quay, and 26 adults roosting at The Webley...
Counts of Swans and Geese later, but the Pink-foot and Greylags  were seen yesterday. CES ringing on the Reserve yesterday produced a nice surprise in an adult male and juvenile Willow Tit, though numbers of juveniles of most species remain poor this season.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016


A late report from Mike Hisk of two Ospreys at Mill Bay and Dale Fort on 16th June, before flying towards Skokholm.

Back to the Teifi....

Just returned from a great week at  Skokholm Bird Obs assisting with seabird research. A summary of the week on the Teifi Ringing blog

Teifi - Wildfowl presumably most are are feral, are returning to moult. Canada Geese numbers are building and amongst 280 at the Webley last night, 3 Greylags, and a surprise adult Pink-footed Goose.
No sign of the male Tufted Duck found by Arfon on Saturday, just 1 Teal with the Mallards and the 2 Mute Swan cygnets doing well. c40 adult Shelduck around the estuary and a creche of 14 well grown Shelducklings.  5 Curlew and 20 Black-headed Gulls too.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Osprey Wednesday

From John Bearne - An osprey fishing between Jenkins point and Cosheston point on Wednesday.
A male Yellowhammer on wires between Neyland and Rosemarket same day.
Stonechats with 2 fledglings at Wards Yard MIlford Haven. White throats with three young nearby.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Marloes and Gann

Late visit this evening. Marloes mere: flock of c100 juv linnet and goldfinch on seed heads near YHA building. 12 Swift. Masses of Shearwater swirling around and rafting in the bay.
Gann: Redshank, a BH gull and an adult Med.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Otter Survey

Not birds but some interesting work which some of the local birders may be able to help with. See the Pembrokeshire Wildlife blog here for details.

Marloes Mere

Swans with 3 small cygnets.

Monday, 20 June 2016


Goshawk  Male (good views a tick for Mary)
Sparrowhawk Female
Buzzard  2
Yellowhammer 2 males
Sedge Warbler 1

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Garden birds

These bullfinches were gathering seeds just in front of my window - note to self, must clean the windows....



High tide this morning brought little change, though two Sandwich Terns resting on buoys.
Around the estuary, five Black-headed Gulls, five Curlew and 45 Oystercatchers. Only one Greylag with the increasing Canada Geese flock - up to 300. I found the missing Shelduckling creche at Jewsons, this creche of nine. Other creches of 3, 10, 17 elsewhere around the estuary on Friday.
One female Goosander on the river from the River Viewpoint yesterday.

St Brides Haven

A rather smart summer plumage Turnstone yesterday evening.
As with Sam's Redshank, coming or going?

Dinas Island

Guillemot 300
Razorbill  100 both with young
Fulmar 10
Gannet 25
Chough 10
Stonechat  10
Tree Pipit 10
Rock Pipit 4
Swift 10
House Martin 10
Swallow 15
Sand Martin 2