Sunday, 10 April 2016

Castlemartin coast this morning

A very blustery SE wind made tricky conditions for observing wildlife along the exposed Castlemartin coast. Several pairs of chough were noted at their usual nest-site locations - some still nest-building; a small flock of seven non-breeders was feeding near Crickmail Head. 

Whimbrel were obviously on the move along the coast this morning, including a flock of 45 heading west over Stennis Ford. A few wheatears were around but as yet not much sign of settled breeding pairs at their usual sites near the Castle and Mewsford Point.

Small numbers of Manx Shearwaters and fulmars were passing close in off shore, no doubt driven closer to the coast by the strong wind.