Monday, 16 March 2015

St David's Head this morning

We spent a few hours on St David's Head this morning. Similar to Saturday, there were very few auks feeding offshore but numbers of common scoter heading south/west reached c.100 (largest single flock being 48).

Divers were more evident today with c.14 red-throated (a few fed quite close in below our watch-location);  a black-throated diver (more or less in summer plumage) flew north close into the coast at about 11:30.

Shortly afterwards we had two other interesting birds. First was a fine drake eider, flying towards Ramsey Sound (about 100 metres off the coast when we saw it). The other (at mid-day) was a Slavonian Grebe in partial winter/summer plumage. It rested briefly for a couple of minutes, about two hundred metres out from our view point before disappearing from view.

All in all quite an interesting morning.