Sunday, 19 August 2018

Newport, Long st., this afternoon.

Amongst the many gulls were 2 Whimbrel, 1 Bar T Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 4 ad & 2 juv Med Gulls. 3 ringed gulls. Regular Herring Gulls Blue BHS & ELW & regular Great BB Skokholm ringed W:055.

Carew, West Williamston and Castlemartin Corse


47 Canada geese on Carew Millpond this morning. Lots of BHGs which I didn't check through.

13 little egrets have regularly been roosting in trees opposite the West Williamston nature reserve at high tide. Shelduck, curlews, oystercatchers....

First visit in a long time to Castlemartin Corse last Thursday. Little to report except a well-marked immature kestrel.

Green Woodpecker

From Mike Pattison-Phillips - A very welcome report of an adult and juvenile Green Woodpecker in his garden in Llanteg on 7 August and the adult seen again on 16 August.  A bird which, sadly, is now a real rarity in Pembrokeshire.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Skok again

Great and Balearic Shearwaters off the Lighthouse this afternoon.

Skok

Autumn passage continuing to trickle along, with only a couple of fall days recently. Looking to sea has produced a single Sooty Shearwater on each of the last three days, along with small numbers of Arctic Skua, Common Scoter, Mediterranean Gull and Whimbrel.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Skomer

Juvenile male Goshawk today as well as Sparrowhawk and a few small migrants. See the recent sightings tab of the island blog.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Teifi waders

Mid morning high tide counts - 70 Dunlin, 2 Sanderling, 19 Ringed Plover. Five Sandwich Terns dropped into the Webley roost as the tide dropped. Several Kingfishers are around the Reserve, 3 Coot seem to be established, 2 on the river and 1 on Mallard Pond. A mobile Green Sandpiper is often heard and seen in flight as the tide changes it's feeding locations.

Goodwick waders

A single Bar tailed Godwit with 6 Curlew and a Whimbrel amongst the gulls and Oystercatchers at the flag poles at low tide.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Angle

At Kilpaison this morning with a big tide rapidly ebbing there were c.50 Dunlin and 40 Ringed Plover on the water line.

Round at Angle Harbour on the shingle spit there were 24 Med Gulls in with the Black Headeds - 5 Juvs the rest adults. Quite a few waders were also loafing on the spit with c.80 Dunlin, 30 Ringed Plover, 6 Redshanks and 7 Turnstones. Two Little egrets were in the harbour.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Coots...

Three Coot on the Teifi Marshes this evening is noteworthy. Three Goosander more of a normal count.

Wood sandpiper, Marloes Mere

A Wood sandpiper did a fly around this evening, and looked as if it was going to settle in front of the Oriole Hide, where I was, before dropping out of sight near the North Irrigation pond. 6 Snipe. Dozen Teal and pair Shoveler. A few Willow warblers. 50 large gulls feeding on a hatch of ants(?) behind Britton Hide.

Friday, 10 August 2018

The Gann

Had a look for the Gull I saw earlier but nothing doing. An increase in Dunlin numbers inc juvs mixed in with the RPs also inc juvs some thirty birds in total.
In amongst them was this juvenile Knot

Iceland Gull ?

Having to stop for oncoming traffic before going down the narrow lane to Sandyhaven chapel I looked up to see a large white Gull passing over me, I grabbed my camera but couldn't get on it so as soon as the  traffic cleared I shot up the lane that leads to Hasguard Cross in hot pursuit it then headed     West & sailed out of sight,  I pulled into a gateway a few yards further on  & had a scan but it vanished. It looked the first Winter birds we see but obviously now it would  be 1cy or approaching 2nd Winter.  I'll have a wander down the Gann & see if it's there

Teifi...morning high tide.

A Greenshank at The Webley and on the walk to Poppit a small fall of Sedge Warblers by the LifeBoat Station.
39 Sanderling, 9 Ringed Plover and c75 Dunlin made up the small wader flock.
On the reserve c20 House Martins feeding over Mallard Pond, a daily feature for the last week.
An adult Coot on the Pond, interestingly complements the juvenile Coot at Creek Hide during the week.
See our latest Teifi RG posting  Stormie wanderings and ringers travels   about our ringing around Pembs including pieces on Storm Petrels, and migration through both Skokholm and the Teifi.
(Wendy J &  Rich D)