Tuesday, 20 August 2019

The Teifi - waders

A Green Sandpiper was seen at Kingfisher hide this morning and one flying around the reserve this evening. Two Redshank, 1 Turnstone, 4 Ringed Plover and 10 Dunlin were active around the estuary mouth early this morning.

Mandarin - - Lower Town Fishguard

A more interesting photo of the male Mandarin in Lower Town....

 Eclipse male Mandarin at Lower Town, Pembs yesterday.
(Stephen Vickers)

Late swifts

2 late swifts over the A477 just W of Milton - our nearest breeding swifts being long gone.

Monday, 19 August 2019

The Gann

3 juv Turnstone and 6 Ringed plover only small waders at the Gann this evening. A couple of flocks of a dozen or so Pied wagtails around the herds of cattle during an earlier look around Kete to Mill Bay. Flock of 100 House sparrows and 200 Herring gull near Snailston. Chiffchaff and Blackcaps in Mill Bay.

Sunday, 18 August 2019


Another Sooty Shearwater and two Bonxies the highlight.

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Barn Owl

Showing well  & close whilst hunting at Mullock bridge around 9pm this evening.

Friday, 16 August 2019


Singles of Sooty and Balearic Shearwater plus a Sunfish in sub-optimal conditions.

Before the rain.....The Teifi

A couple of Teal on the reserve, were  the first seen for a while. A wander through Poppit Wood found no sign of any migrants but a slight increase in small waders this morning at The Webley.
3 Turnstone, 1 Common Sandpiper, 30 Ringed Plover and 50 Dunlin.
Yesterday evening, a Puffin again in the mouth of the Teifi, and Wendy saw a  couple of Arctic Skuas passing west whilst looking for the Puffin which I saw from a boat.
(Wendy J and Rich D)

Thursday, 15 August 2019

More Knots

Newport, bottom of Long St, this afternoon.


Strumble 700 - 1130;-
5 Bonxies, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Med Gulls, 6 Sandwich  Terns, 15 Common Scoter, 1 Grey Plover, 2 Risso's Dolphin, 5 Common Dolphin.
(Peter Harris)

The Teifi

A seawatch for the hour 620 - 720 this morning produced 5 Common Scoter, 500 Manx Shearwater, 250 Gannets, 30 Kittiwakes and 9 Fulmar all flying west in the moderate nw wind
High tide at the The Webley found, 2 Sanderling, 17 Ringed Plover, 43 Dunlin, 3 Turnstone 2 Redshank and 110 Oystercatcher.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Ruff and other waders - The Teifi

Late afternoon at low tide a small flock of 10 Knot including at least 3 moulting adults and nearby a  juv Bar-tailed Godwit. A Peregrine then flushed the birdlife....
A second visit at 830pm on the high tide found  1 juv male (on size) Ruff with 6 Knot, 1 Whimbrel with 8 Curlew and a small wader flock which moved from Patch to Poppit beach to feed containing 6 Sanderling, 14 Ringed Plover and c20 Dunlin.
(Wendy J and Rich D)

South Beach, Tenby

From David and Jane Finch -  a walk between Penally to Tenby across south beach at low tide Tuesday morning turned up a probable Little ringed plover with a dozen Ringed plover feeding amongst the shingle. The flock remained for most of the day feeding and flying along the beach. 

Gannet YELLOW G386

Mark Stevens reported this bird earlier--

Thanks for that – yes it’s one of ours. Great to get this ringing recovery data for our adult survival stats so please thank the finder for us. Going on the darvic number it was ringed in either 2013 or 14 (I don’t have the exact data to hand) and would have been a bird we tracked for foraging purposes in that year. I will pass the info on to Steve Votier at Exeter University
(Greg - RSPB Ramsey/ Grassholm)

Colour-ringed gannet

A colour-ringed gannet YELLOW G386 (dead unfortunately) was found on Freshwater West beach by Andrew Weaver on 11 August. The metal ring details have been supplied to the BTO and the basic Euring report was copied to Paul Culyer of NRW.

Perhaps it was a victim of the recent storm? Any Grassholm connection we wonder?