Friday, 24 February 2017

Broad Haven to Druidston

Very large numbers of Scoter at high tide this evening. c2000. Broad Haven: 270. Haroldston Chins: 500. Druidston towards Ricketts Head 900 in 3 flocks (biggest flock had 650). Flocks of birds were flying in from St Brides Bay all the time. Is this linked to Storm Doris? A Black-throated diver among the flock off Haroldston Chins, also 3 Great Northerns and a Great crested grebe. Be worth having a good look over the weekend.

Caspian Gull

For those gull enthusiasts in the county, a third winter (4th calendar year) Caspian Gull i found on a recent trip to London at the Thames Barrier. Now to try and find the first one for Pembrokeshire.

Castlemartin Corse

This morning, female marsh harrier hunting over the reedbed, harassed by crows then spiralling high with a buzzard, occasionally making a pass at eachother. Not many wetland birds as water levels are so low - a few snipe flying about, and a small flock of golden plover.

Rob Lewis was also down there earlier, saw the marsh harrier, and 6 greylags which landed in front of the hide. Here are 5 of the greylags.

Gann & Deer Park

I finally caught up with the American Wigeon this evening. On the high tide several groups of 10-20 Wigeon and Teal were feeding on the salt flats above the footbridge, along with around 20 Pale-bellied Brents. I could not count accurately the roosting Curlew, but there could have been 100+ birds across the marsh.
On the pools a nice selection of waders, including a Greenshank, 3 Dunlin, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, around a dozen Redshank scattered around, and 40+ Oystercatchers on the small island. 4 Goldeneye (1m, 3f) and 6 Little Egret. Only a single Great-crested Grebe on the sea.

Earlier this afternoon we saw 2 Razorbills and a Guillemot feeding close to Wooltack Point, a female Peregrine over, and 10+ Porpoise in the tidal race

Glaucous Gull - Fishguard

Juvenile Glaucous Gull still in the harbour this afternoon. Four Great Northern Divers and two Great Crested Grebes also.

Cattle Egret

Again at the bridge at Newport this afternoon.

A Thursday run around the south of the county

A highly unusual event - a birding run around the south of the county yesterday 23rd February.

Cosheston Pill - single Black-tailed Godwit and Curlew and a few Wigeon in the channel.

Angle Harbour  - 18 Pale bellied and 1 Dark bellied Brent geese with 3 Pintail, a Great Crested Grebe, c.250 Dunlin,  c. 25 Redshank and a load of distant Wigeon

Bosheston Pools, 8 Arch Bridge - 22 Goosander, 2 Gadwall, c.20 Coot, 2 Dabchick, 2 Heron

Stackpole Gardens - just outside the southern gate a leucistic Robin - almost white with a faded red breast.  Appeared to be mated up with a normal Robin - very striking.

Tenby - at Butlers Horse (below the old lifeboat station) 14 Turnstone but no Purple Sandpipers found.

Wisemans Bridge - 5 Red-breasted Mergansers well offshore towards Monkstone and several hundred Scoter across the whole bay but impossible to count in the rough seas. Of around 300 gulls nearer the beach most Herring Gulls but a few LBB's and GBB,s, a couple of Common Gulls and a single Iceland Gull adult.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

American Wigeon

Still at the Gann @ 5pm on the river above the footbridge with 36 Wigeon.  Also a Great-crested Grebe in the bay, 3 Goldeneye on the pool, 2 Greenshank, 8 Bar-tailed Godwits & 19 Grey Plover.  A good spread of gulls, including a decent % of Common Gulls, raising the potential of a Ring-billed Gull anytime now on spring passage.

Sam - I cannot recall there ever being a colour-ringed Yellow-legged Gull in Pembrokeshire (or any sort of ringed bird).

The Gann

16 Med gulls at the gull roost this evening, all adults apart from 2 3cy birds.


The Spanish Yellow Legged Gull was again at Newport today along with an unreadable  green ringed Black Headed Gull, probably from Norway.
Have there been any other reports of darvic ringed YLGs in Pembs?. I don't remember any mention on the blog.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Skokholm Ringed Gulls at Newport

On the Nevern at Newport this morning there was a colour ringed Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5C:W.


This bird was ringed on Skokholm as an adult female on 13-May-14, and has been back on the island for each subsequent breeding season. This is the first time she's been sighted away from Skokholm, but her typical winter movements are well known because she was fitted with a tracker as well as a ring. In contrast to others who winter in Spain or North Africa, she prefers to stay local. This is the track of her movements in the winter of 2014/15, taken from the 2015 Skokholm Seabird Report.

Also present at Newport this morning were two Skokholm ringed Greater Black Backs.

Many thanks to Richard Brown for all this information.

Ringed Yellow Legged Gull At Newport

Black AK7A, at Newport yesterday, is indeed a Yellow Legged Gull. Ringed as a chick in Asturias, Spain in June 2015. The only other sighting was further W in Galicia in March 16.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Ring-billed and Iceland gull - Llys y fran

Paul and I had a look at the gull roost. Apart from a total lack of any Med gulls it was as was the other evening. With the Iceland gull on the water quite early giving decent views. Paul eventually picked out the very distant 'Ringer' and we managed 3 adult Yellow-legged gulls. Stiffening wind and gulls roosting towards top of the reservoir made things challenging.

No Tail

With regard to the kite with no tail, there is one near Llanybydder with no tail at all, and it's been like that for quite a long while. Before Xmas anyway!

Newport Cattle Egret

No reports for a week, so I assumed it had moved on. But this morning at 10.00 & again at 11.00 it was downstream from the bridge with the 2 Little Egrets.
Also 100+ Common Gulls & what I am hoping will turn out to be a darvic ringed Spanish Yellow legged gull.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

The Teifi -- Bittern, Purple Sandpiper...

A Bittern has been showing well this morning....and yesterday !

A rather fine photo from taken yesterday from Kingfisher Hide by Tommy.

Mallard and Curlew Hides are now open again after replacement, with fine decor in Curlew Hide.

A Curlew on the inside of the Hide !!....Yes a hide shutter to the left of the Curlew's head...
(photo Wendy J)

Just out of county below the Cliff Hotel...

This Purple Sandpiper was rather good find on rocks in the mouth of the Teifi...yesterday.
(photo Chris J)

Red Kite

I wondered if this kite might be of interest, is this unusual?  It was flying over the garden near Llanfyrnach today and I have seen it recently with no tail at all.
(photo Jean HFD)

Plumstone Mountain

No Hen Harriers roosted on my BTO count this evening. Three Woodcock near Camrose on my cycle home were rather nice.

The Gann

1st Winter Iceland Gull on the river mouth (I texted Brian who turned up 10 mins before it flew off upstream) 13 Grey Plover, 7 Turnstones, 5 Barwits, 9GC Grebes, 2 GN Divers, American Wigeon. 2 Red Colour ringed GBB Gulls that I couldn`t quite read.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

The Gann

Just a small update re Brian's post, GC Grebe up to 11 & only 1 GN Diver. c16 Grey Plover, 2 Med Gulls,  4(?) Brent ( I'm half expecting colour ringed U3 to turn up en-route from France to Iceland anytime now) & the ever present Am Wigeon, as per Rob & Anne.


The Crane reported from the Pen Caer area was caught on photograph by Oliver John on Tuesday at his farm near Rhos Y Caerau. ( Thanks to Cliff for passing on the information from Lanzarote ! )

Monk Haven

Had a good look and listen in Monk Haven this morning. At least one Firecrest and 2-3 Chiffchaff, inc one briefly in song. The gate to Water Treatment Works was open with work going on in there. 2 of the Chiffchaff were favouring the tall alders between car park and WTW so mostly silhouetted. Plenty of fly life.
Brief look at the Gann 7 GC grebe and 2 Great Northerns in the bay. Richard S was staking out the flock of wigeon (inc the American wigeon) who were playing hide and seek. Hope you got some shots, Rich.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Yellow-legged gull, Goodwick

From Jemma Thomas: Adult yellow legged gull in Goodwick (Flagpoles) amongst Herring and Black backed gulls as the tide went out today at around 2pm.

Iceland and Ring-billed gull - Llys y fran

A 2cy Iceland gull appeared very late at a scattered gull roost this evening. The Ring-billed gull still here. 2 poss 3 adult Yellow-legged gulls. 6 Med gulls (2x 2cy,  a 3cy and 3 adults). Otherwise 9 Greylags among the Canada flock and pair Goldeneye. 2 Red kites dropping down to pick something up (fish remains?) by the boat shed.

Crane ? Long-tailed Duck - Pwll Deri

Yesterday morning Rob Johns glimpsed a large bird which he presumes was the Crane flying east from his farmland in the direction of Fishguard.
The long staying Long-tailed Duck is still present- see previous posts for details.