Friday, 5 May 2017

North Pembrokeshire Bits and Pieces

Yesterday a  trip up north to Pwll  Deri and the west side of Strumble Head produced the expected common warblers and Wheatears with two Grasshoper Warblers by the YHA. A couple of Swifts were beating their way northwards into the wind along with a single House Martin and a few Swallows. A couple of Choughs were around, but no Peregrines.

A nice surprise was good views from the shoulder of Dinas Mawr of Guillemots and Razorbills on Ynys Ddu, about 60 of the former and a dozen of the latter on the ledges and a few more on the surprisingly flat sea. Great Blackback Gulls were on the top with Herring Gulls and LBBs lower down. A couple of Canada Geese were on the top too. In the past I have always charged along the coastal path and not done the little detour - big mistake, I have been missing out on a mini-Skomer.

On the way home I popped into Llangoffen Fen and got greeted by two Cetti Warblers, one by the old derelict bit of boardwalk gave me an extended version of the usual call with a bit of a more musical flourish - I had never heard that before.

Some pictures of Tuesday's Red Kite bombing run - appears to be a mole that was the victim. I have seen Red Kites feeding at Bwlch Nant yr Arian and they can be messy eaters, often dropping the food. However, this appeared to be a deliberate act of dropping the victim. Perhaps the Kite prefers carrion to live meat, although it flew off and did not attempt to retrieve the meal immediately. Has anybody else seen this behaviour?