Thursday, 21 February 2019

Teifi Marshes - Barn Owl

Today a Barn Owl started hunting c415pm, Tommy took the photos c5pm...

Day 2 of the commercial cut of the reed bed near Mallard Pond, the new bare ground always a great draw for Spring passage White Wagtails - soon to arrive.

From December 1st we have recorded 134 Reed Buntings feeding at the Mallard site, 56 were recaptures or re-sightings of colour ringed birds, much to learn about our population

Oystercatcher Resightings

In response to Sam's post, we thought a brief map would inform of the Oystercatchers we colour ring on the Gann and the resightings that are reported to us from some of the distant locations. These all feed into the data set of the many resightings from local sites in Pembrokeshire (Skokholm, Skomer, Newgale, Sandy Haven, Angle Bay) along with some of the "almost local" (well as the Oystercatcher flies) Ginst Point Carmarthenshire, Whiteford Sands Gower.

We have received today confirmation that 'A1' has been resighted on the Isle of Tiree again. 'A1' was first ringed on the Gann 14/03/2016, resighted on Tiree 08 & 13/03/2017, and now again this week.

We appreciate every resighting no matter how many times a bird is seen, even on the same site.

Water Pipit & Oystercatchers

The Newport Water Pipit was showing well this morning on the grassy island on the N side upstream from the bridge.
I must have scoped hundreds of Oystercatchers at Newport over the years, whilst looking for ringed gulls (or perhaps it's just the same sedentary dozen !). Sometimes they have BTO metal rings, but I've never seen a Darvic ringed bird. The same is true of Curlews. So interested to read that one of the Gann Oystercatchers got as far as Lundy.

Oystercatcher 52

An update on Oystercatcher 52 sighted by Sash T on the 1st February 2019. It was first ringed 17/02/18 on the Gann and then resighted 02/04/2018 on the Gann before a jaunt over to Lundy Island when resighted there 06/06/2018. Then back to the Gann on 11/11/18. Subsequent sightings 10/12/18 and 09/01/2019 both on the Gann.

Thank you for the record.

Monday, 18 February 2019

Cattle Egret - - the Teifi

The Cattle Egret was watched flying in from fields towards the river mouth eventually settling riverside opposite St Dogmael's Quay where the Little Egrets sometimes roost.

A female Merlin was flying around the Webley end of Poppit dues early this morning.

Just a few bits & pieces

At the Gann first thing, 5 GC Grebes on the flat calm sea, the ever ptesent Hooded Crow, 3 Grey Plover were the only birds of note.  On my travels today between St Ishmaels, Merlins Bridge & Johnson  plus  sightings over the weekend there must be at least four Red Kites ( maybe 5?) between Sandy Haven & Waterston. Would that include the lone bird over "Homebase" Haverfordwest yesterday too I wonder ?

Sunday, 17 February 2019

St Brides Bay

A great afternoon birding down at St Brides Bay today. Highlights were a black redstart and water pipit, but equally special were the great northern diver and first guillemot of the spring (for me at least :-) ). Good numbers of turnstone around the coast and oystercatchers, curlew and chough were seen enjoying the short grass around the castle.

Marloes Mere

Pretty much as usual.  Ring tail hen harrier, drake Pintail and the 7 Tufties. A Peregrine sporting rings was sat in a field trying to get out of the stiff wind. (red on left poss starting with an A). Met Derek at a breezy Gann, 15 Brent, 3 Grey plover and the Merganser. The GN diver, Steve mentions, was among a sizeable gull roost at Goultrop but nothing unusual among them.

Purple Sandpipers

4 Purple Sandpipers on Emmet Rock at the north end of Broad Haven beach during todays WeBS count - despite the nearby crowds. Also 36 Scoter, a Shag and 4 Red throated Diver including one very close in to Little Haven. A Great Northern Diver close in to the Goultrop Roads car park plus a few more Red throats. On the way home 2 Hen Harrier ringtails at Dowrog.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Purple sandpipers

At least 3 Purple sandpipers on The Ram's Nose Whitesands lunch time today,
with the 7 Whooper swans still near Cros-goch this afternoon.

Iceland Gull - - the Teifi

An adult Iceland Gull was bathing, preening and then roosting below the gull view point (half way to The Webley) at 930 - 10am this morning.
A count of Lapwings this morning -- at least 1500 still.

Friday, 15 February 2019

Cattle Egret, Merlin - - the Teifi

The Cattle Egret was feeding alone up in a field above opposite St Dogmael's Quay, 6 Little Egrets roosting beside the river. A female Merlin was hunting Rock Pipits on the Webley saltmarsh late afternoon.
Wader counts included 40 Dunlin, 50 Redshank, 53 Curlew also 2 Stock Dove opposite St Dogmael's Quay.

New arrivals?

This morning, outside the gates to Porth Clais Sewerage Works, wall to wall sunshine hinted that Spring was just around the corner. 2 nearby CHIFFCHAFFS enhanced that feeling.

Had they arrived on the recent southerly winds, or were they wintering chums? Your guess.

Oystercatchers (Colour Ringed) - Angle Bay

Pembs Ringing Group are building a good data set of our Colour ringed Oystercatchers, thanks to all the resightings. There is a good interaction of birds along the Pembrokeshire coastline, Gann, Angle Bay, Skokholm, Skomer, Newgale.
"5A" was ringed on the 25/06/2016 on Skokholm as a juvenile (Pullus) and has not been resighted until this latest sighting on the 11/02/2019.
"06" was ringed on the 23/08/2016 at the Gann, resighted 4 times in the intervening years at the Gann, including being re-trapped on the 07/03/2018 at the Gann.

Thank you once again for the records.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Oystercatchers - Angle Bay

A couple of colour -ringed Oystercatchers present in Angle Bay on the 11th Feb. Presumably ringed at The Gann or on Skokholm....?

Many thanks to Mike Davey for these sightings, and for this "York" tip ringed Herring Gull, also sighted in Angle Bay on the 11th Feb

Y: F04 update - - was ringed on 30th June 2017 at Harewood Whin York, ringed as a 3rd calender year.

Carew Millpond

The flock of mainly herring gulls, plus the odd lesser black back and black-headed (one with full black hood) were today joined by 6 common gulls, an unusual sight here.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Teifi Estuary gull watching point

Mederterrean gull  3 adult 2 juv
Great bb gull 10
Lapwing 1000
Golden plover 500
Redshank 20
Dunlin 20

Roof nesting gulls again

Thank you Paul Warren for Valero. Apparently Pete knows about Haverfordwest, Pembroke Dock, Milford Haven & Tenby. So any additional sites please, especially up north.