Sunday, 18 October 2015

Carew/Cresswell and Cosheston Pill - WeBs this morning

Visits to the Carew and Cresswell Rivers and then Cosheston Pill this morning, and later the Daugleddau (Landshipping to Garron Pill) produced no particularly large totals of waterfowl. Numbers of wigeon and teal seemed quite low, with only c. 45 on Cresswell River, fewer than this on the Carew and c. 100 along the Daugleddau.  On the other hand, redshank numbers seemed to be quite high at roosts along Carew River, with at least 100 noted there. The highest numbers being near New Shipping Point.

There were several greenshank around, fairly typical numbers for the time of year, including at least 4 on Carew River and another 2 at Cosheston Pill.

At Cosheston Pill there were some 86 Black-tailed Godwits feeding and roosting on the shore. They often seem to be here at this time of year, if they're not at Pembroke Upper Millpond. There were no obvious colour-ringed birds among those seen well but there were plenty of juveniles.

Part of the flock of Black-tailed Godwits feeding at Cosheston Pill this morning
Adult and Juvenile Black-tailed Godwits

With them were 2 knot. A single but distant Ruff was also feeding with some of the redshank there.

The only other birds of note were: 4 migrant wheatears on the walls at Carew Castle, plus a black redstart. Small numbers of skylarks seemed to be on the move, heading west over the Carew/Cresswell (c. 30-50 noted in total). Fifteen fieldfares were also seen flying west over woodland near Lawrenny.