Friday, 31 October 2014

St Davids Head am

A Ring Ouzel and Woodcock present this morning with a few Skylarks and Redwings over along with c300 Chaffinches. A Kingfisher and Green Sandpiper at Sealyham. Dark Sword-Grass last night.

Thursday, 30 October 2014


Sibe Chiffchaff still at North Pond, Sibe Lesser Whitethroat at the Well, Black Redstart at the Obs (possibly one of the three from yesterday), the latest Whinchat for Skok, a late Wheatear and good numbers of common late autumn migrants (although not quite as good as the 29th - see blog).

Wednesday, 29 October 2014


A great day on Skomer today. 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, Lesser Whitethroat, Hen Harrier and Ring Ouzel, as well as plenty of common migrants. See Skomer Blog for pics etc.

Black redstart

2 Black redstarts at the old priory St Davids today and a flock of around 100+ woodpigeons in the
 cathedral close early morning.

Derek Moore

For those wishing to pay their respects, Derek will be cremated at Narberth on Friday the 7th of November at 1 pm.

Snow Bunting

John and Marion Best report a Snow Bunting present at Pencarnen Campsite, St Davids, this morning.

Angle Bay

Four Whooper Swans were with the Mute Swans at the Rhoscrowther end of Angle Bay this morning, a small number of Pale-bellied Brents were also sat on the sea there.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014


A few pics of the Desert Wheatear on Skomer today. I think it is an ad male. Also 7 Chiffchaffs (incl. probably the Siberian from yesterday), a Blackcap and a Short-eared Owl. More pics of the wheatear on our

Wood Pigeons

From Peter Howe - Headed up to St. Davids today a few birds here and there no gems though, but the most impressive in terms of numbers was the passage of wood pigeon - at prendergast woodland, solva there was in excess of 100 birds flying east, then porthclais saw about another 60, another 30 or so at st. Justians and just before dusk in haverfordwest, woods across the road from me ( crow hill) probably 80-90 birds all heading east.
Good passage of redwing, and starlings everywhere, presumably more passage birds, or winter numbers building?


3 chiffchaff were new in today of which one was a strong candidate for Siberian


The first Yellow-browed Warbler of the autumn, two Siberian-type Chiffchaff (including yesterday's North Pond bird), Black Redstart and a nice little arrival of commoner migrants including two late Wheatear (sadly of the Northern variety).


From Karen Snowdon - Whooper still present at Bosherston.

Desert Wheatear Skomer

Despite the grim weather a Desert Wheatear found at Castle Bay on Skomer this afternoon.

Freshwater West

From John Valentine - Merlin and two choughs  this morning.

Kilpaison / Castlemartin

As the tide was starting to drop at Kilpaison this morning a small group of waders were flying around trying to decide where to settle - 33 Ringed Plover, 12 Dunlin and 5 Turnstone. Plenty of Wigeon way out in the bay and a large number of Oystercatcher and Curlew amongst the rocks on the far, north side of the bay. 30 plus Rock Pipits amongst the considerable amount of seaweed on the beach.

At Castlemartin Corse there were 2 Greylag Geese at the far (inland) end but generally pretty quiet despite some fairly large area of water - 90 Teal, 25 Mallard, 9 Lapwing, 5 Snipe, 3 Grey Herons. Small birds noticable by their abscence, just a few Skylark and a couple of Stonechats.


Again sorry for lack of posts of late. Recent highlights have include a bunch of good seabirds seen by Jason (Assisitant Warden) on the 19th and 21st including 3 Balearic Shearwaters, a juv. Sabines Gull, 1383 Kittiwakes, 1000 Razorbills, 9 Arctic Skuas (a good count for Skomer!) and a Bonxie on the 19th and a juv. Long-tailed Skua on the 21st. Small birds of late have included a Ring Ouzel on the 15th, a Barred Warbler on the 25th and a Black Redstart and what I considered to be a Siberian Chiffchaff yesterday. I'm sure the number of good birds will start to drop off now that Jason has left but we'll keep looking when we can.

Monday, 27 October 2014


Firecrest, the latest ever Whinchat and a bit of a Skok rare in the form of Yellowhammer 

winter thrushes

Redwings have been around for a while now this month, but we are not seeing that many during the day in our general area - too mild perhaps? So it was nice to see a flock of several hundred thrushes (mostly redwings and c. 50-100 fieldfares) flying over the A40 near Slebech early this afternoon.

There are still plenty of berries to feed on (it has been an excellent season for autumn fruits!) but thrushes moving through the area will need to be quick if they want to exploit them. Quite a lot of fruit in our local hedgerows has probably already been lost to the flail-mowers.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Bits and pieces

Highlight of a generally quiet weekend was a party of 7 Lapland Buntings flying south at eye-level past the car parks at Strumble Head.  No sign of any Snow Buntings there yesterday.  Today, Merlin at Freshwater West, Kingfisher at Bosherston, a few Chiffchaffs in Castlemartin, and 4 Little Egrets and an adult winter Med Gull in Angle Harbour.  

Dale & Marloes

Have spent a good few hours this weekend looking for sheltered spots on the peninsula which might be harbouring that skulking American passerine, I was fairly successful in finding the former but drew a complete blank on the latter.  In fact it was pretty quiet, most noticeable was a movement of Skylarks westwards on Saturday with several groups of 8-12 going over regularly.  A Chiffcaff at St Bride's was accompanied by a probable Firecrest but could not be confirmed, and the same area today held a large party of Long-tailed Tits which had a couple of Goldcrest and a Treecreeper for company but not the hoped for stripey Siberian Phyllosc!  It was great to get some nice views (if not photos) of a female Merlin at Marloes Mere which put most, if not all, of the ducks up (16 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 2 Shoveler and around 30 Mallard).  At the Gann this evening 10 Mediterranean Gulls were accompanied by a late first-year Sandwich Tern, and just as I thought I'd missed the large number that Derek recorded yesterday (and Richard & Giselle have been seeing on Skokholm - see their Blog), I decided to have a quick look at the Dale gull roost and boy was I glad I did - a significant ratio of Meds to Black-heads, in total 71 Mediterranean Gulls (39 adults, 3 2nd calendar-year and 29 1st calendar-year).  Wow!

Saturday, 25 October 2014


A sizeable but strung-out gull roost this evening, with concentration of birds preening on Stumps and the rest stretching up beyond the bird hide. 2 adult Yellow-legs and 3 Mediterranean (2 1st-winter, 1 2nd-winter).

White Magpie

On 22 Oct I was driving from Fishguard to Newport. Just East of Fishguard, at SM 965 373, I saw a pure white magpie working its way along the hedge before disappearing over it. Wdigbirder tells me he saw what must be the same bird in just about the same place either earlier this year or last year. It is such a striking bird that it cannot have been in the area, well watched as it is, without being seen in the interim. One wonders where it has been and whether it will stay around for a while this time?

Med Gulls Galore!

37 at the Gann around 4:30pm, approx one third of which were 1st Winters - 3 of the adults were wearing red darvic jewellery.