Saturday, 28 February 2015

Stack Rocks

Lots of Guillemots and a few Razorbill on the stacks today. Also rafts of birds on the sea.
Also two Chough and three Fulmar.

Rosemarket and Newton Farm

At least one Firecrest was performing well at the Rosemarket sewage treatment works this morning, with two Chiffchaffs and several Goldcrests.  Elsewhere, at Newton Farm, there was a male Merlin and a flock of 15 Stock Doves.

Castlemartin Corse

Water levels down again, outflow flowing merrily. There were still 200-odd teal, plus smaller nos. of wigeon and mallard, a few shoveler and at least 3 pintail (2m 1f) on the remaining pools. Parties of snipe were flying about over the reedbed plus small numbers of lapwing and a solitary redshank. Around 500 golden plover on Kilpaison Burrows, mostly standing in a newly-ploughed dune field. They (and the lapwing) were regularly disturbed by the regular female marsh harrier, who was hunting up and down the northern edge of the reedbed. Brief view of a sparrowhawk on the N side - and I met Shaun from Cardiff, who had seen a (probably the regular) merlin. Also 2 heron and a little egret.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Firecrest - Rosemarket sewage works

A stunning firecrest there today; a couple of chiffchaffs and a grey wagtail amongst the other birds present.
(Jerry Moore)

North Pembs sightings

Newport Bay;-
Four Great-crested Grebes, two Red-throated Divers and a couple of Razorbills today.
The female Blackcap wintering in a Newport garden left c week ago.
(Karen M)

One male Blackcap in a garden today, and two 1st w Med. Gulls at the Flagpoles
(Adrian R)


A report today from Jane Wadkin of a drake Pintail at Trehenlliw Farm, St Davids as well as a smashing male Sparrowhawk in her St Davids garden.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Solva Dipper

One yesterday in the lower reaches of the Afon Solfach between the road bridge and the playground (John Parker).

Iceland gull - Llys-y-fran

An Iceland gull at the dam this evening - appeared around 5.30'ish with a big influx of LBB's. Only other gull of note was a 2cy Mediterranean gull. 12-15 Commons gulls. A sizeable but frustrating roost as everything had its backside towards me facing into the stiff NW!. The 2 Peregrines where really getting in among the BH gulls tonight.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Odds and ends

About 60 Cormorants and a couple of Med Gulls at the Flag Poles, Goodwick this morning and a Greylag at Penberi.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Monk Haven

On the Monk Haven treatment works carousel today six Chiffchaff (one of which was pale but not really a good northern candidate), three Pied and  nice Grey wagtail.

The valley was quite quiet but a couple of Goldcrests in the ivy and singing robins and dunnocks.  It feels a bit like spring down there.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Green-winged Teal

A fine drake on the Western Cleddau at Hook, close to Millin Pill, whilst out with Don Fraser.  More here:

Teifi gulls

Four Mediterranean Gulls were the best on offer seen by Jon G at 4pm. Two with nice black hoods, one also with a red colour-ring. Two with partial hoods were presumably the two I saw c5pm onwards.
Most of the Herring and I guess any white-winged gulls were roosting on Cardigan Island. c1500 large gulls viewable on the land facing side of the island. 50 LBB Gulls  and only a couple of GBB gulls in the estuary. 500 Common and 1500 Black-headed complete the picture.

150 Lawings on the mud, and only c100 Teal around the marsh and estuary.

Pantmaenog / Bwlch Gwynt

Had a good couple of hours topside of Pantmaenog this morning in the hope of the GGS but drew a blank. With the on-going forestry work there's lots of promising looking areas. Lots of frog spawn (and frogs I imagine) in the pools and ditches, disturbed 2 herons in one ditch.

Castlemartin Corse

A bracing morning on the Corse. The high tides have blocked the outlet again so water levels back up at least for now.

Great views of the dark marsh harrier (haven't seen the other one for a while now) as it alternately hunted and soared over the reedbed, keeping ducks and waders on the move. It spiralled with a very pale buzzard for a while, making one half hearted lunge at the buzzard which took evasive action.

Lots of teal (>200) on the flooded area, plus mallard, 2 shoveler and a drake pintail. Further upstream a flock of 6-700 golden plover was constantly on the move as the harrier cruised past, plus smaller no's of lapwing. About 60-70 curlew, and 5 greylags. Masses of snipe, both on the fen meadow and flushed from the reedbed by the harrier.

Bittern - Freshwater East

Yesterday at 1515 hours I was down Freshwater East Nature Reserve, out on the end of the boardwalk and looking westwards back up the valley.
There were Teal, Herons and also a Bittern.
(Phillip Lunt)


A look around the estuary just after the very high tide found birding much as usual.
One roosting Little Egret between the Quay and the Webley. As the tide started dropping, the following flew to the Webley marsh - 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 51 Oystercatchers, and more Wigeon to add to those already 104 Wigeon.
A few Common and Black-headed Gulls started arriving, and a visit later this afternoon will hopefully see the estuary full of gulls - more than usual with this nw wind.
Small waders are non-existent and Rock Pipits are only in ones and twos..

Friday, 20 February 2015

Hen Harrier & Woodcock

From Clare Ryland:  a ringtail Hen Harrier on 16th February on the B4329 just north of Rosebush Reservoir (after the junction with the B4313).  Also a Woodcock on the drive of Clare's house this evening (between Fishguard & Dinas).

I do wonder how many Woodcock there are wintering in Pembrokeshire - since the turn of the year, whenever I am driving to and from work at dawn or dusk (on the A40 between Haverfordwest & Carmarthen) I see several Woodcock crossing the road - as a snapshot this would suggest they are widespread.


A quick follow up to Dave's post above re wintering Woodcock numbers in Pembs by following the links in this piece below...

Wader studies in the county

To complement our extensive BTO WeBS counts, details of other monitoring studies were posted this week. 
 "A nightime six of the best " on the Teifi RG blog discusses inland waders, particularly Woodcock. Including a link to a piece by Paddy on surveying at nightime for Woodcock and other inland feeding waders.