Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Bosherston & Castlemartin

Bosherston this morning was pretty quiet with 9 Gadwall, 12 Wigeon, 2 drake Tufteds, 7 Goosanders, 2 Goldeneye and a few Coot.

At Castlemartin Corse middayish the female Marsh Harrier put on a good display with several passes in front of the hide although it tended to stay in the middle of the reed bed. A female Merlin passed in front of the hide and earlier, on the walk in, a male had passed near Starmans Hall. A Kingfisher passed by twice so seems to have taken up residence.

Again there were no wildfowl in front of the reed bed and I suspect they were still up on the far, east, end of the Corse where a lot of birds got up as I walked in - 600+ Lapwing, 350+ Golden Plover. Loads of Snipe around again with 100+ flying around over the reed bed at one point.

A polite plea if I may. Whilst the hide at Castlemartin Corse is not ideally placed, being  a little way from the waters edge, it does provide the best place available to view birds without disturbing them. I have seen people standing in front of the hide by the waters edge which may explain why I have seen very few if any wildfowl on the water in front of the reedbed this winter - a place which is normally a favourite haunt for them. The Harriers and other birds are also likely to come nearer if observers stick to the hide.