Saturday, 28 January 2017

Stackpole this afternoon; Minwear a few days ago

The wintering black redstart at the Stackpole Centre was playing hide and seek on the usual roof-top locations this afternoon. Another one is also wintering near Elegug Stacks, though not seen by us today.

A chiffchaff called briefly from the woodland down the lakes eastern arm (about half way between eight arch bridge and grassy bridge). A couple of stock doves were also calling and displaying in woodland opposite fringing Stackpole warren.

Many of the goosanders were at the lower end of the eastern arm, circling and corralling small fish (most likely a shoal of roach) into the lakeside shallows at the "delta" region, where a heron and 2 cormorants were also taking full advantage of the chance of a quite easy meal.

Earlier in the week we made a brief late afternoon visit to Minwear wood and watched the many thousands of starlings heading over to the Miscanthus roost. Although still quite an impressive sight, our feeling was that numbers were a bit lower than they were a few weeks ago. We could not view the roost only birds coming over the Eastern Cleddau, so could easily have missed many birds coming in from the north.