Monday, 22 May 2017

Spotted Flycatcher - St Davids


Gupton Farm and Castlemartin Corse

My first painted lady and hummingbird hawk moth of the year.

Otherwise it's been a very quiet spring at the Corse - all the normal small birds but the site has been very dry. Grasshopper warbler singing today.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Skok

As it's all gone a bit quiet on the migrant front, here's our first ever Short-eared Owl nest.


St Davids area

From Jerry Moore - A red kite near Lleithyr Farm (St. Davids/Whitesands) - Saturday p.m.
A lesser whitethroat rattling away near Rhodiad (N side Dowrog common) - Fri/Sat/Sun.
5 chough - St Davids head - Sat.
A pair of canada geese on one of the skerries in Pwll Deri - (Ynys y Ddinas). They flew off but looked like they were prospecting.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Skokholm

Summer plumaged Great Northern Diver and an Arctic Skua today.

Turtle Dove

One flew up from the road in front of me as I was driving between St Ishmaels Nurseries & the Trewarren farm entrance yesterday around 4:45pm

Friday, 19 May 2017

Skokholm

These stunning days haven't been great for migrants. Spotted Redshank over today was notable.

St Davids

A few Spotted Flycatchers yesterday but nothing much around the St Davids peninsula today except that the Little Owl which has been around is now two and they are breeding in the area. There used to be maybe 5 pairs around these parts (Jonathan B) but none for years - until now. Good news.


Thursday, 18 May 2017

The Teifi

Two Whimbrel and a late Spring record for the Teifi of Common Sandpiper today. Other interesting counts for late May on the Teifi include 40 Oystercatchers, c40 Shelduck plus breeders and the first  juveniles should appear any day. Black-headed Gull numbers are usually down to single figures by mid- May, up to 40 is the usual count this week.
On the Reserve, a Water Rail is still calling, and a Redstart appears to be holding territory.
Several broods of Blackbirds, Robins, Dunnocks Song Thrushes and Long-tailed Tits about.

Red Kite - Marloes Mere

A Red Kite had an interesting flight over Marloes Mere and adjacent fields. He was being chased as he was carrying some creature but after three of four minutes he had to let go and dropped his catch.
(Mike B)


A sleepy, summery Gann

60 Oystercatchers were sat down near Crabhall, half of them asleep, there were three Little Egrets asleep in a tree, even the Cormorant on the island was sat down, and a Grey Heron was doing the same - not something you often see. 12 Mute Swans (a record?) were prodding around in a desultory way in the river. The only signs of activity came from the breeding birds - swallows zipping down to collect mud, a frantic singing Sedge Warbler near the car park and a Cetti's Warbler singing from somewhere near the island. The grassy areas were covered with flowers - Thrift, Bird's foot Trefoil and lots of Kidney Vetch. The gorse was in bloom and in the relatively still air the butterscotch scent was delicious. No waders at all, until two Curlews called in for a while.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Bosherston


3 Goosander fishing above the 8-arch bridge at lunchtime. Lots of hirundines near Broad Haven South and 3 Chough.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Call for Curlews


Curlews in trouble: It has been many years since curlews were known to have bred on the Pembrokeshire mainland - Skomer Island currently being our only confirmed breeding location for them. Mid-winter WeBs counts on the Cleddau estuary (between November and February) suggest that numbers of this familiar bird are also declining there! 





Mary Colwell, who last year walked from western Ireland to eastern England to highlight the plight of the Eurasian Curlew, is planning a conference to bring together all those with an interest in the species' conservation in Wales, and she is hoping that birders and local bird clubs across Wales will get involved. 

The event is planned for 24 January 2018 at a venue to be announced later. Read more here, and get in touch with Mary if you'd like to be involved.