Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Eider - Newport

An eclipse male Eider off cliffs 500m west of Newport at 1500 today.
(Peter Harris)


Just been down to Rhoscrowther and  Freshwater West with the dog. At Rhoscrowther group of 25+ small waders; Ringed plover,  2 Sanderling and Dunlin, also several Meadow pipits and Linnets on the foreshore. At Freshwater West coming up the hill away from the main carpark about a dozen wheatear on either side of the road.

Hunting Hobby - Teifi

Great to see a young Hobby hunting hirundines over the Teifi Marshes last night c9-920pm.
c300 Swallows were the main species with a few Sand Martins and 2 Swifts. A group of 10 Swifts were around in the morning.
Dunlin reached a season high of 52 though Ringed Plover were down to 12. A couple of Black-tailed Godwits and Whimbrel are seen daily and 2 new juvenile Redshank arrived making 5 Redshank yesterday. Slightly out of county but 6 Turnstones spent the day on Cardigan Island.
(sev obs)

Tuesday, 15 August 2017


Very busy with holiday makers in boats and with dogs causing a lot of disturbance to birds present.1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Med Gull, 2 Goosander, 35 Dunlin and 12 Ringed Plover this morning.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Teifi - waders

Four Turnstone joined the small waders in the main estuary, their preferred feeding area at the moment. This morning's count was maybe higher than this evening's with 40 Dunlin, 30 Ringed Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Redshank.
Yesterday 2 Green Sandpipers on the reserve and at least 2 Whimbrel in the estuary.
(Wendy J and Rich D)

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Strumble Head

Artic Skua 4+
Storm Petrel 1
Common Scoter 40+
Common Tern 2
Sandwich Tern 4
Sparrowhawk  male
Common Dolphins 40+
Porpoises 10+

Newport Estuary

Greenshank 1
Redshank 4
Ringed Plover 20
Dunlin 50
Common Sandpiper 1
Little Egret 1


The area was busy today with many dog walkers. There was an increase on the number of ring plover from Paul's 10 to 20 plus. We didn't see as many dunlin but there were 2 redheaded mergansers. A weasel crossed the track 100 yds or so from the Iron Bridge.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Green Sands....Teifi marshes

Two Green Sandpipers over Kingfisher Pond this evening was the first multiple record of the year.
46 Dunlin from the Railings is little different from yesterday's high tide count, which also included 1 Turnstone, 2 Sanderling and 10 Ringed Plover.

Wendy did a short seawatch this morning, which included 20 Common Scoter flying west, c50 Gannets but only c100 Manx Shearwaters.

Friday, 11 August 2017

The Gann

One Sanderling feeding with Dunlin and Ringed Plover this afternoon at the Gann.
Two noisy Sandwich Terns very high over the Gann yesterday, about 6pm.
(Alan Hewett)

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Newport Estuary

Greenshank 2
Redshank 6
Dunlin 50
Ringed Plover 10
Common Sandpiper 1
Mediterranean Gull 1 adult

Sandwich Tern

One, possibly a couple more at the Gann this afternoon.
Early this morning 1 Green Sandpiper, 13 Redshank.

Freshwater East

4 Sandwich Terns fishing in the bay this morning.