Saturday, 11 September 2021

Whinchats, wagtail and Wryneck

An afternoon out and about with Paul started with a look at Dale airfield. Still lots of plover food in the form of crane fly coming off but no sign of the hoped for dotterel or any other waders. Best were 6 Whinchat, 5, possibly more, along the eastern fenceline, and one in the blackthorn and bracken overlooking Marloes sands. A single Yellow wagtail among the other wagtails in the stoney field, pipit numbers seemed reduced from in the week. Otherwise, c10 Wheatear, 2 Red kite, female Kestrel, 2 Chough, a single Starling and 8 Ravens. A Chiffchaff on the track up. Martins Haven next, 2 Chough, a Kestrel and 2 Blackcaps, 100 Canada geese heading back to Skomer. Finally after weeks of searching and everywhere seemingly awash with sightings, we happened across our own Wryneck just east of the lookout. It made a couple of shorts flights along the path before taking cover in the scrub. Final stop at the Gann, Derek located the Osprey feeding in its favoured perch. Fewer small waders and very jittery, making regular flights around the bay. c20 Ringed plover, 16 Dunlin soon dropping to just 5, a single Curlew sandpiper, 5 Greenshank, 3 Turnstone, 2 Barwits and a surprising 50 Redshank stretched along the waterline.