Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Whinchats and a first for Pembs

Another interesting afternoon out with Paul, the very mild weather had put lots of butterflies on the wing mostly Red Admiral and Speckled Wood plus Whites, Small copper, Blues and Commas, but new arrivals of the bird kind were not so obvious. Dale airfield: Chiffchaff and Whitethroat on the track up. Some promising looking pools from the recent rain but nothing in them apart from Common darters. Best were 2 Whinchat in the scrub, Yellow wagtail and a Tree pipit in the stoney field. c20 Wheatear. Flock of c200+ Linnet. A Great spotted woodpecker looped across the airfield and a single Starling. Male Kestrel and 3 Chough. Most exciting discovery was non-avian, as I was checking the scrub around the pond for more Whinchats, Paul suddenly announced he'd got a Southern Migrant Hawker, a really smart dragonfly and a first for the county (so I hope a photo is acceptable on this occasion).

Kete: 7 Ringed plover and a Dunlin by the car park, and another Kestrel.

Marloes Mere: 6 Whinchat out from the Britton Hide,  c40 Mallard, 7 Teal and 3 Shoveler. 5 Snipe and a Ringed plover. A female Kestrel and 3 Wheatear behind the cafe.