Monday, 30 October 2017

Stackpole late morning & Angle Bay mid-afternoon

Three black redstarts noted today. The Stackpole Centre one was competing for roof-top insects with grey wagtails, pied wagtails and rock pipits. Another one was on the walls of the Walled Garden at lunch-time and on the way home later one was perched high on the walls of Carew Castle before sunset.

At Bosherston Lakes (lower eastern arm) a fine male goosander was on the water - one of very few waterfowl on the lakes at the moment!

Down at the Kilpaison-side of Angle Bay, yesterday's Brent flock was still present but the ringed bird wasn't any closer to enable good views. The whooper swan was also still there with the mutes.

Three great crested grebes were offshore. Typical expected waders were present. Numbers of roosting curlew, oystercatcher and dunlin on the Sawdern Point-side were each in the low hundreds; bar-tailed godwit numbers there were less than yesterday. 

A small number of mixed thrushes (including a dozen or so redwings) probably roosted in the roadside scrub along with small numbers of chaffinches, a couple of bramblings and reed buntings.