Monday, 10 October 2016

Martin's Haven & Deer Park

It was great to see Brian yesterday over a Yellow-Browed Warbler: with 4 birders from around Durham also present, it was quite a twitch (for Pembrokeshire)!

I spent many hours over the weekend watching a steady flow of Chiffchaffs pass through the garden: I think I must have looked at over two hundred, hoping that one would be a YBW; a few Goldcrests were the pick of the bunch.

The other high-volume migrant was Blackcaps, with easily half a dozen in view at the same time for most of Saturday and Sunday mornings, despite birds regularly flying out of the valley.

A nice surprise was a group of half a dozen House Sparrows that have spent the last three days in the sallows along with three Reed Buntings. And a single Sand Martin and 5+ House Martins with a stream of Swallows coming in from the West on Sunday morning.

Coming back from Marloes Mere on Sunday we flushed our first Snipe of the Autumn on the late Trehill Farm coastal field. And this morning on the Deer Park I heard the alarm calls of what I think was a Dartford Warbler, but could not find. It was close to the rath bank, between the main steps up and the southern Coast Path gate.