Thursday, 30 March 2017

Golden plovers, St Davids area

From Eleri Davies - 40 Golden Plover on the St Davids to Solva road

Strumble

From Steve Hearn - After succumbing to the weather yesterday, we braved the weather and watched from the hide at Strumble Head for an hour and a half from c1pm.
Notable sightings:

Sand Martin (1)
Red-throated Diver (2) one close inshore in full summer plumage, 1 in flight
Harbour Porpoise (2/3)
Probable Common Dolphin but seen too briefly
Grey Seal (2+)
Kittiwake (1)
Gannet (20+)
Guillemot (2 close inshore)
Auk sp (100+) middle distance all south
Redwing (2) hotel in St David's

Not a Bird!

Not a bird, but the first wasp of 2017 in our garden in Crundale.

Hoopoe Haverfordwest

Just had a Hoopoe fly east across the A487 just outside Haverfordwest SM938166, landed in a tree briefly and then continued east across fields and lost to view.

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Stackpole/Bosherston

This morning - willow warblers singing in the willows below Stackpole Court terrace. Blackcap singing by the Hidden Bridge. A pair of tufted ducks just below the reedbed.

I finally caught up with my first wheatear and sand martins at East Blockhouse (West Angle) a couple of days ago. This is a site which I keep an eye on but which looks more promising than it normally turns out to be.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Summers here!

From Eleri Davies - Two swallows seen on the St Justinian road, St Davids this afternoon.

A few notes

Swallows flying North up the coast at Newgale on Monday 27th.
Good numbers of Terns also.

Tawny Owl, Morgans Bridge, Camrose.

Blackcap Near Keeston.

Two Male Yellowhammers singing near Plumstone Mountain.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Bosherston

From Steve Hearn - Walked from Bosherston to Stackpole and back via Broad Haven beach.
Lots of bird song around the lily ponds in particular.
Notable sightings:

Goosander (6) 1 male, 5 female
Wigeon (3)
Blackcap (1) male singing
2 Redwings  - one incongruously in adjacent tree to singing Blackcap! 
Chiffchaff (15+) alive with them around the lily ponds
Swallow (1)
Sand Martin (1) with the Swallow fast over Stackpole Head
Chough (4+)
Skylark (3) 1 singing
Raven (2)
Bullfinch (1) male
Fulmar (2) Stackpole Head
Mistle Thrush (2) St David's

No Wheatears here!

Skokholm

An arrival of grey, 'northern' looking Robins was notable.

Strumble Ring Ouzel

From Dave Evans - In an hour's walk west from Strumble Head today, 0900-1000, one female Ring Ouzel and just one Wheatear.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Hoopoe -- nr Abercych

A Hoopoe was seen today on the road side near Manordeifi Church which is on the small road from Llechryd to Abercych, not a regular sight in these parts!!
(Rob Wilson)

St. David's Head

Good evening
On holiday in St David's - first visit for a couple of years.
On arrival at 3pm walked to St David's Head.
Notable sightings:

Red-throated Diver (2) close inshore - 1 summer and 1 winter plumage!
Merlin (1) seen briefly
Wheatear (10+)
Chiffchaff (3/4)
Chough (6+)
Rock Pipit (1)
Shag (1)
Stonechat (2)
Linnets (6+)
No Hirundines!

(Steve Hearn)

Brian Wanted a Cheese & Pickle......

But the only Sandwich I could find was this single bird at the Gann, fishing from Musselwick to the river & up to the car park & back, very obliging - couldn`t stop taking pics - here`s a few.


Also 27 (?) Brent, 2 Ringed Plover.

Wheatears - St Davids Head



Newport

This afternoon, the Cattle Egret, 2 Skokholm Great Black Backs & a summer plumage Black Tailed Godwit.

St Davids - Ring Ouzels

A nice morning on St Davids Head with a male and female Ring Ouzel being the highlight. My first 3 Willow Warblers of the year, 2 Blackcaps, 12 Wheatears, 6 Sand Martins and 3 Choughs calling overhead.

Great Grey Shrike - Plumstone

Report from Ifor Jones of a Great Grey Shrike on the north flank of Plumstone near Mountain Cott farm yesterday (Sunday)


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Skokholm

Smart Lapland Bunting still here, 21 Wheatear and a small number of other migrants.

Marloes Peninsula

Pretty quiet. Only one Chiffchaff where a few days ago there were a dozen and no Wheatear. A lingering Wigeon on Marloes mere, 4 Black-tailed godwits flying over. The male Swan was chasing off the the two pairs of Canadas. A littoralis-type Rock pipit by the entrance to the Deer Park. Merlin dashing through Trehills fields.

Newport

4 red head Goosanders upstream & what I think was a 2nd W Iceland Gull with the Herrings. 2 Little Egrets, but no sign of the Cattle one.

Teifi Marshes


From Jeremy Moore - The bittern was briefly seen from the heron hide in flight in the willow scrub in the centre of the reedbed about 12.45 hrs. today. So probably just in Pembs.

Near the heron hide was a singing blackcap but that probably belongs in Ceredigion.

St Florence

3 Blackcaps and several Chiffchaffs singing along the Ritec on this beautiful spring morning.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Llandilo

From Trevor Price - Interesting that Paddy heard Chiffchaff singing on Friday for the first time this year. I too had 2 not too far away from him on the same day. My local Willow Tits have not been heard this year yet, having been around until the end of 2016.
2 new Llandilo species recently for me were- 2 Snipe flushed from one of the farm fields on Friday and 4 Grey Lag Geese flew over in N E direction this evening.

Hirundines

2 Swallows in off the sea at the Gann, followed by 3 Sand Martins 15 mins later at Mullock Marsh.

Skokholm

The aforementioned Cranes came in from the southeast and reached the Lighthouse before deciding that another long sea crossing was not for them. They headed north for Skomer and then east from Skomer's Neck. They were unringed and a first for Skokholm.


Cranes reported over Skokholm

Had a morning around the Marloes peninsula. About a dozen Wheatear but not alot else. As I was leaving the Deer Park, Eddie freshly landed from Skomer, shouted up about 3 Cranes reported moments earlier!!! We gave the skies a good scan but another one that got away!!!

Friday, 24 March 2017

Skokholm

Another great day. The two Lapland Buntings still here, another (or the same) Red Kite and a Barnacle Goose along with a nice variety of early migrants including 20 Wheatear, our first Blackcap and another Willow Warbler.

Bittern, Teifi



Bittern still on the kingfisher pond this morning, Cardigan Wildlife centre. Jean Dovey

Deer Park etc

I could almost believe it was spring at the Deer Park this morning with the warm sunshine. Not much in the way of migrants, however, with just 3 Wheatears - two females and a male. A female Merlin flew along the cliffs and a party of 5 Chough were feeding on the cliff top.

A similar story at Marloes Mere with 1 Chiffchaff outside the hide and a further 6 along the track near the youth hostel. On the Mere  c.30 Teal, and a few Shoveller and Mallard.

Quiet too at The Gann soon after midday - 2 Little Egrets, a Black Tailed Godwit, 5 Redshank and a few Teal and Wigeon.

Preseli Springtime

The first singing chiffchaff was at Llandilo woods this morning, heralding spring here despite the temperature being 4 degrees C with a northerly wind. The local kites, were making the most of the bright, windy days yesterday afternoon with four pairs displaying over traditional nest sites in the area, looking stunning in the sunshine. Magpies, mistle thrushes, carrion crows and blackbirds have all been seen carrying nest material this morning, and nice to hear a dipper in full song.

Teifi -- Pintail

Four Pintail on the main river this morning. Three males and one female were best viewed from the Railings at 730am but likely to move on the falling tide.
(sev obs...in fact 5 observers for this early morning Teifi twitch)


( photo..and many thanks Howard and Siwan for early news)