Sunday, 28 June 2020

Landshipping this afternoon

Although it was still very blustery the risk of heavy showers had declined and so we headed down to Landshipping Quay to do one of our regular walks. 

It was nice to see a dozen or so mostly adult Black-headed Gulls resting on the shore (no obvious juvs). A lone curlew was also resting with the gulls. 

It was even more interesting to see at least 19 Mediterranean Gulls (mostly adults in breeding plumage) with a few probable 2nd and 3rd cal-year birds also resting on the shore. We've seen the odd one or two in this area over the years but we suspect that 19 is a record for Landshipping. 

Part of the mixed Med. and Black-headed Gull flock - resting near Landshipping

c. 12 swifts were feeding over the A40 near Canaston yesterday afternoon. 

We managed to count the House Martin nests over at Stackpole late last week. There were c. 22 nests either complete or under construction around the Stackpole Centre area. The total number of nests was about the same as last year but still about 50% down on the number of nests recorded there a few years ago. 

An email from Mark Williams at Berea the other day mentioned that the colony of House Martins at Caerhys Organic Farm (near Pwll Caerog) is seemingly thriving, which is good news. There are apparently at least twenty four active nests around the house and yard.