Thursday, 21 April 2016

Stackpole this morning; Stackpole Quay to Manorbier this afternoon

A walk around Stackpole Warren (via Bosherston lakes Eastern Arm) whilst not jumping with birds was fairly productive.

Wheatears on the warren numbered at least 70+. There were several small flocks of 6 or more birds perched on stock fences and others along the coast from Raming Hole to Broadhaven. Sixteen whimbrels were feeding on Saddle Point and 4 sandwich terns were off-shore there.

A single garden warbler was singing in woodland near the Grassy Bridge and a lesser whitethroat was singing in the scrub near Broadhaven. Reed warblers were singing at the Court-site reedbed.

The heronry at Bosherston may now have at least 4 (probably 5) occupied nests - the highest number recorded to date. Two goosanders were still present on the lake. 

Along the coast path between Stackpole Quay and Manorbier whitethroats were back in more or less all expected breeding areas - there must have been at least 20+ singing males. Grasshopper warblers and sedge warblers were singing in at least three separate locations. Wheatears (6) were seen at Freshwater East dunes and another lesser whitethroat was in song in the dune scrub.

Choughs have now more or less all settled at their expected breeding sites but it was nice to confirm a new site at Freshwater East occupied by a 12 year colour-ringed old male who has moved from a location closer to Swanlake Bay.