Saturday, 18 September 2021

Dotterel, Dale airfield

An early look around the airfield with Paul in the hope of finding a few waders. However, despite the rather damp and murky conditions there was a surprising lack of standing water, no pools at all. Most noticeable were the numbers of pipits, must have been 100s grounded with others moving overhead including a Tree pipit. Also the constant sound of Skylarks passing. Linnets in a couple of large flocks in the thistles probably totalled around 200. c20 Wheatear. Pair of Kestrels (kestrels have been ever present on recent visits around Dale and Marloes). Only waders were a lone Golden plover at the intersection and a Curlew. We were checking the scrub overlooking Marloes Sands around 9:30 when a Dotterel could be heard approaching, we picked it up coming in from over the sea and followed it as it flew over our heads, it started to whiffle and looked like it came down out of sight probably towards the eastern side but a thorough search drew a blank. It looked like there had been a bit of a fall, with about a dozen Chiffchaff on the airfield with another 4-5 on the track and 6 in the village. Blackcaps had also arrived, 3 on the track with 10 in the village. 3 Whitethroat. A first Willow warbler for a while and a Spotted flycatcher in the sycamores on the track. A Great spotted woodpecker. Robins seemed to be in every bush, tree and hedge, could easily be 50 in the village more likely double that.