Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Coastal walks - NW Pembs

During a long coastal walk between Pwllcrochan and Strumble Head, a large 1st winter white-winged gull was observed from coast path between Penbwchdy and Pwll Deri this afternoon. It was flying away and was several fields inland before it landed with large numbers of herring gulls in a stubble field in the Trefasser area. It was simply too far away to photograph, or even to be sure of the species but it might have been an Iceland Gull (the one seen a couple of days ago at St Justinan, or a different bird?).

There were numerous feeding flocks of large gulls moving between sodden pasture and stubble fields, inland between Pwllcrochan and Pwll Deri. If it sticks around the area, it might be viewable from somewhere along the Pwll Deri to St Nicholas road.

Not too many other birds of interest along sections of the rather blustery coast, walked during the last couple of days but merlins were noted yesterday near St David's Head and Abereiddi Bay, today over the A40 near Slebech and at Pwll Deri. Peregrines were hunting starlings and skylarks today in more sheltered fields inland from Pwllcrochan. Adult male kestrels were noted at likely breeding territories near St David's Head, Trwyn Dduallt, south of Abereiddi Bay and in two other locations between Pwllcrochan and Pen Brush. Several pairs of chough were also seen in various expected locations.