Saturday, 24 September 2016

The Gann

Last night around 6pm eleven Mute Swans flew over our house East - West, this morning they were at the Gann. Part of the fabric of the UK`s waterscape & familiar to everyone, what surprised me however was the adults had managed to successfully rear & keep nine Cygnets.

Martins Haven Choughs

From Mike B - This morning I was able to watch a group of eight chough at Renney Slip, Martins Haven. Attached a couple of photos but could not get them all as a group.

Teifi Waders

Webley mudbanks, 14:15 - 15:15, high water 14:35 but only 3.7m, so lots of mud exposed.

Dunlin 137, Oystercatcher 99, Ringed Plover 72, Bar-tailed Godwit 6, Curlew Sandpiper 3, Little Stint 2, Grey Plover 2, Knot 1, Curlew 1.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Gann.... after work

New arrivals this afternoon, 8 Wigeon, Brent still there, met an ex Gann patch birder - John Lloyd visiting from Shropshire - who had 8 Grey Plover & a colour ringed Curlew, he told me the number but my memory is now a forgetory,, though I think he indicated he would email it to this blog.
Also at least 7 Barwits.


Good variety first light inc a Derek just migrating to work. Birdwise - 20 Teal, 4 Little grebe, a Kingfisher and 3 Chough on grassy area. The 11 Brent still here, spoke to a lady who'd seen some at Sandy Haven recently. 8 Little egret. 10 Ringed plover, 7 Grey plover, 3 Barwits, 3 Dunlin, 2 Knot, 2 Snipe, 2 Redshank, a Greenshank, a Sanderling and a 1st winter Med gull. Couple of Wheatear among the 50+ Alba wagtails. Chiffchaff and Long tailed tit flock. Airfield: Robins everywhere today, Single Ringed plover and a wheatear.

bits and pieces

A bit of retrospective stuff.

Last Sunday on the upper reaches of the Gann over 300 Curlew and 7 Common sandpipers.

Yesterday at Tenby Golf course a mobile group of 13 Ringed Plover feeding on the fairways and up to 6 Chough still present regularly. 

Newport Estuary yesterday

Little Egret 1
Greenshank 2
Ringed Plover 10
Dunlin 10
Sandling 1
Red Kite 2
Buzzard 3
Kingfisher 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
an enjoyable walk with Karen

Thursday, 22 September 2016


11 Brents still present and all looked to be unringed when I was there between 6-7pm this evening.  Also 18 Teal, 3 Little Grebe, 4 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron (all looked like immatures, very vocal and roaming widely), 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, and 4 Wheatear.  Oh, and a Lesser Spotted Paddy Jenks!

Teifi Waders

Only Dunlin (146) and Ringos (39) at the Webley on a low high tide today. Some distant godwits and more Dunlin among the 150+ Curlew opposite St Dogs Quay.

I could see at least 6 ringed Dunlin, which suggests that they are staying put for a while, rather than passing through with new ones taking their place.  Having said that, last night we recorded one from Sweden, so the rings we're seeing aren't necessarily all ours. (Teifi Ringing Group).

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Gann, New arrivals

11 Brent this evening, all swimming - would like to have seen their legs though.

Teifi Waders, and...

There seems to have been a bit of an exodus over the last few days. Today at the Webley, 10:30 - 12:00 (HW 11:35, 4.7m) there were 96 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 1 Sanderling, and 1 Little Stint.

I could see maybe 60 or 70 assorted Dunlin and Little Plover roosting over on Patch as well though.

While I was scoping the waders, a drake Mandarin drifted briefly into my field of view, before just as quickly flying off upstream.

Freshwater West

This intriguing photo was taken by Rob Lewis near the loos at Freshwater West on Monday evening. No sign of the possible owner the next morning.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016


1 Brent Goose, 2 Yellow Wagtails over - towards Mullock marsh - 3 Wheatear, met Brian who picked out 1 Kingfisher, 6 Bartail Godwits, 1 Knot, 1 Redshank. Quite a few alba Wagtails on the foreshore also.

Castlemartin Corse

Female marsh harrier today (first seen by Rob and Christine Lewis yesterday evening). Extensive creamy-white on forewings, not the bird R&C saw here a month ago. Otherwise 2 wheatear, 2 chough, Cetti's singing from scrub in the middle of the reedbed, water rails very noisy.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Some weekend waterfowl and gullsat Pembroke Millpond, Cosheston Pill, Frainslake beach & Carew River etc

Recent (WeBs) counts produced (on Friday) good numbers of little grebes at Pembroke Millpond (34 on the central pond); c.70 black-tailed godwits roosting at the upper pond; over at Cosheston Pill (at high tide) there were c.1,000 black-headed gulls - many feeding with larger gull species in a shore-side field where slurry was being pumped onto the grassland.

At Pembroke Millpond, of the 200+ b-h gulls feeding and resting there, was a colour-ringed immature (left leg white ring 29S9).

Late on On Saturday afternoon, at Frainslake beach Castlemartin, in addition to two adult med gulls, were small numbers of adult LBB and GBB gulls. The latter species included a colour-ringed bird (red with white letter/numerals on the right leg). This was almost certainly a Skokholm-ringed bird, but unfortunately we couldn't get anywhere close enough to read the ring before all the gulls were dispersed by two climbers/walkers leaving the range via the beach. Other roosting birds on the beach included 144 oystercatchers, 80 curlews, c. 30 ringed plovers and 12 sanderlings.

Along Carew River on Sunday morning, numbers of roosting waterfowl were not especially large but included 3 greenshanks, a spotted redshank (its distinctive flight-call was heard, but it wasn't seen) plus 2 curlew sandpipers with a few dunlin. Four black-tailed godwits were roosting with 50+ curlews in the salt-marsh (one was also noted near Garron Pill a bit later on).

Mid-morning a high-flying skein of 30 greylags flew over Carew River from the south. They appeared to be heading towards the upper Daugleddau area. At lunch-time 10 (perhaps part of the same flock?)were noted on the river opposite Landshipping Quay.  

Fifty Shades of Grey......

Some 50 Pied / White Wagtails at the Gann this evening, feeding on the sandy patch at the far end before flying to roost in the reeds. All appeared to be 1st Winter / female type.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Teifi WEBS

Downstream from Aberteifi bridge to the river mouth this morning, monster high tide so very few places for waders to congregate.

Canada Goose 344 in a single count was an absolute minimum, but very mobile so probably many more, Wigeon 63, Mallard 55, Cormorant 1, Little Egret 5, Oystercatcher 6, Ringed Plover c.65, Grey Plover 1, Knot 10, Little Stint 1, Sanderling 1, Dunlin 134 min, Blackwit 6, Barwit 13, Curlew 141. (with help from Jon Green)

Frenni Fawr Hill Crymch

Golden Plover 30+
Raven 4
Red Kite 2
Buzzard  2
Kestrel  2
Meadow Pipit 30+

The Gann Yesterday

Just to add to yesterday's picture at The Gann, John Tilby reports 5 Grey Plover there in the morning.

Gann yesterday morning

I am just posting this to contrast with Derek's post from this morning - we did the WEBS at the Gann yesterday morning and we had no Teal, no Little Egrets, 11 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank and 3 Ringed Plovers. Plus 1 Turnstone, 1 Snipe and 1 Whimbrel. I suppose the variability in counts is inevitable during migration periods. And regrettably no Otter! At least 20 Rock PIpits.


3 Greenshank, 9 Dunlin, c20 Ringed Plover, 4 Little Egrets, 24 Teal & this Otter munching on a fish, it dived as I pressed the shutter before surfacing on the far side close to the reedbeds.