Friday, 28 August 2015

Little Stint - Newport

An evening look at the high tide at Newport, the juvenile Little Stint was feeding with c25 Dunlin, 2 Sanderling and c20 Ringed Plover on he end of the dunespit. Two Greenshank roosting along the estuary edge, and three Common Sandpipers roosting on wood debris in the river above the iron bridge. Two Greylag amongst the Canada Geese.

Over to the Teifi, and the best we could do, - 1 Turnstone, 9 Ringed Plover, and 6 Dunlin.

(Rich D and Wendy J)

Marsh Harrier and Quail

Andrew Sims saw a dark juvenile Marsh Harrier at Marloes Mere this afternoon as well as a similar selection of birds to Brian at The Gann.  Mark Waldron reports a Quail calling yesterday morning at Nolton Cross Caravan and Camp Site.

Gann, St Ann's and Marloes Mere

Pickleridge Pools (post Derek): 4 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 3 Knot, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Teal and a Little Grebe. 2 Little egret up on flooded marsh. St Ann's/Kete: Pied wagtails up to 25 in the last field, a Wheatear and a Kestrel. Some promising-looking fields but nothing I could see in them. Lots of Gannet activity off the lighthouse so had a sea watch but only Gannets. Airfield will have to wait for another day. Quick look from both hides at Marloes Mere: 80 Mallard, 10 Teal and a Snipe.


A quick look this afternoon - 4 Turnstones, 1 juv Ringed Plover, 1 juv Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 4 Redshank. Met Brian en-route to Dale Airfield who was off to find some exotica.

Westfield Pill.

A Hobby this afternoon,is our second for the year,following one on 7th May.A Garden Warbler a fortnight ago,was the first I have seen in this location for thirty one years.Med Gulls are being seen regularly,both here,and at Llanstadwell.Spotted Flycatchers have been more numerous,and the Reed Warblers have had a very productive breeding season.

Hobby -- Teifi

A juvenile Hobby was hunting the hirundines in the pre roost over the Teifi Marsh reed-bed yesterday evening,
(Teifi RG)


Viewed from Boat Club ~ 1 Little Stint, 27 Dunlin & 20 Ringed Plover.

Thursday, 27 August 2015


Balearic Shearwater and a bit of tern passage to our south. Another nice variety of waders. Totals on blog.


1 juv Little Stint, 1 juv Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Knot, c10 Ringed Plover & c10 Dunlin.

Teifi - small waders

Poppit  and Patch ..
7 Turnstone, 1 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover
6 Sanderling, 6 Dunlin

Looks like an all action day...
Whimbrel and Turnstone on Cardigan Island too

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

St Anns and the Gann

St Ann's: A good look around the end fields but only a dozen Pied Wags this evening.
The Gann: (from 7pm must have just missed you Derek!) Good scattering of waders. On the pools - 3 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Greenshank, a Dunin and a Turnstone. On the river mouth: 50 smallish waders flying around, mostly Dunlin and Ringed plover, but inc 5 Knot, 4 Turnstone and a Ruff. 5 Black-tailed godwits briefly among the Curlews before flying off.


Up to 40 Whimbrels reported today by Steve Jarvis, flying from Ramsey Sound towards St Davids Golf Course.

Gann - pre bank holiday

Blustery, dogs, kids & kayaks. 3 Greenshank, 4 Redshank, 1Turnstone & 1 juv Dunlin.

Teifi - waders....and Siskins

On Patch and Poppit just after this morning's high tide, 12 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, and 1 Whimbrel.

Boncath Siskins;-
This morning caught our first ever Siskin in August, a very young bird, and follows a large increase in our July birds, 49 this year an increase from 17 birds July 2014.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Teifi - Coot etc...

A Coot seen in front of Creek Hide over the last few days is a ridiculously unusual bird on the Teifi.
 -- Reminds me of the Coot we saw sitting on the end of a raft of Manx Shearwaters, 2 km southwest of Grassholm on the 21st August 2002.

14 Redshank opposite the Quay today was good, and c15 Teal with 50+ Mallard shows the ducks are returning.

Swallow numbers roosting are well down this year, often not reaching more than 100 per night.

This a fat juvenile Sedge Warbler, 17.5g this morning, was 10.8g nine days ago. 

Sedge Warbler passage is poor too, this supports several other reporting sites (eg Mark Grantham in Cornwall) and surely the increased percentage of adults indicates a poor breeding season...

(Rich D and Wendy J)

Green Sandpiper etc

Green Sandpiper on the newly reshaped garden pond today along with Kingfisher. While work was in progress an otter started hunting, 10 metres from a working 13 ton digger. Hardly shy this one!

Newport am

My best ever view of a flying Green Sandpiper looking down from the raised path on the N side. By the boat club c20 ea Dunlin & Ringed Plover, 4 Knot & a Sanderling.

West Williamston NR- white gull

Walking around West Williamston NR yesterday afternoon I was suprised to find a white gull in a large gull flock. It looked very much like an Iceland gull but it was more likely a leucitic Lesser Black or Herring gull. Also present on the river were 4 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank and a Barwit.

Monday, 24 August 2015


Little Stint, Greenshank, Knot, Arctic Skua, three Sandwich Tern, two Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail and a little fall of warblers.


A Quail reported by Mark Waldron from Nolton Cross yesterday morning.

Gann, St Anns and Marloes Mere

Gann: From the road. 4 Redshank, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Greenshank and a Whimbrel.
St Anns: A Yellow Wagtail with the 12 Pieds in the lighthouse field tonight. Female Kestrel.
Marloes Mere: An eclipse Shoveler and first Swift for a while.

Newport Again

As yesterday plus a Sandwich Tern preening with the gulls, 2 Knot & 3 of the local colour ringed Herring Gulls.


A wader flew over Skomer heading NE this morning calling 'chu it' but I didn't get a good look at it (bum end of it flying away). Maybe a Spotted Redshank or possibly something rarer. I thought I'd let people know in case anyone was near the Gann or Marloes Mere or something and fancied a look. Also Tree Pipit, a few Spotted Flycatchers and a spattering of warblers.

Angle Bay

During my lunchtime visit to walk the dog, driving down the Roscrowther road just before the turning down to the bay (on top of the hill) there was a flock of 50 - 60 small birds mostly linnets but a few greenfinches and chaffinches on the hedges and in the crop field behind the hedge also on the wires.

Sunday, 23 August 2015


Wader fest included a Little Stint and two Wood Sandpiper.

Iceland Gull Newport

A 2CY Iceland Gull with the big flock of large gulls this afternoon. I assume it's the same bird as 2 weeks ago as it has a metal ring on it's R leg, as that one did.
Also the 2 Greenshanks still there & the first Little Egret for c 6 weeks.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Hobby -- Teifi Marshes

A Hobby caught us by surprise this evening as it tore through the amassing pre-roost Swallows.
(Teifi RG)


Quiet at the Mere so I gravitated down to the Gann, 4 Sandwich Terns, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Greenshank, 3 Redshank, 9 Dunlin, 2 Blacktailed Godwits, 5 Ringed Plover & 5 Knot.

Carew Millpond

The Carew Millpond Med gull is back, in exactly the same spot as last year (SW corner nr the Mill).