Sunday, 12 September 2021

WeBS at Carew/Cresswell & Daugleddau this morning; Strumble/Graham Rees this afternoon


This mornings WeBS counts along the Carew/Cresswell and Daugleddau estuary areas recorded good numbers of redshanks (100+ on the Carew and 50+ on the Daugleddau). Curlew numbers at the roost near New Shipping Point were c.120 where a flock of 5 plus 1 greenshanks were also roosting near the redshanks.

Other waders included a few dunlin plus a curlew sandpiper with them near New Shipping and a few black-tailed godwits. Teal numbers reached around 70-80+, but many others were probably concealed in the saltmarsh vegetation, so the count was almost certainly an underestimate, as was a total of 30+ wigeon.

An osprey was still present, perched on its favourite pole and later in a tree. 

A photo taken recently (not today) of this un-ringed bird on its perch with a fish

Little egret numbers were good, with not less than 12 on the Carew section. Later, from Landshipping Quay, we could see at least 18 roosting in trees over near Sprinkle Pill – in 3 separate tree roosts including 11 birds in one tree. 

A distant view (from Landshipping in the drizzle) of 11 of the Little Egrets roosting in the Sprinkle area

A couple of hundred Canada geese were on the move in their usual location over there. They were joined by a flock of c.50 greylags that flew down from somewhere near the Eastern/Western Cleddau junction.

This afternoon was for Graham Rees though, up at Strumble. A small gathering of folk met there, and Graham’s son Gareth unveiled a small plaque dedicated to Graham and to Jack Donovan. This has a summary of how Graham’s and Jack’s endeavours led to safeguarding (by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority) the lookout shelter there as a permanent facility for sea watchers etc. Well done Cliff and the regular Strumblers involved for organising this fitting tribute.