Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Carew/Cresswell and Daugleddau this morning

A rather gloomy 08:00 start at Carew Millpond (due to heavy cloud and some drizzle) was brightened up by the arrival of a 1st winter Iceland gull. It flew in to bathe, eventually being joined there by around 300 herring gulls and a 100 or so black-headed gulls. There were no obvious Med gulls in the bathing party. After about 15 minutes, the Iceland gull moved off, flying over Carew Castle in an approximate SW or perhaps W direction.

Over near the French Mill, a common sandpiper was really the only other note-worthy bird at this end of the Carew estuary.

Numbers of ducks still seemed quite low, with less than 100 wigeon and not many more teal in the Carew/Cresswell complex. A few greenshanks were at expected roost locations plus c.100 lapwings along the shore.

A spotted redshank was a nice addition over at Coedcanlas on the Daugleddau (they seem to have become more scarce here in recent years) and there were several hundred very noisy Canada geese over at Llangwm. 

Eastern Cleddau

A female red-breasted merganser at Picton Point was a welcome addition to the usual WEBS line-up.

Salt Water Dippers

.......well brackish at least.

This AM, far into Porthclais Harbour, 2 DIPPERS sat on rocks covered in bladderwrack. While Marion and I enjoyed this unexpected spectacle, we were treated to a Firecrest working the area behind the lime kilns.

Brent Goose U3WR

Nice to see Brent Goose U3WR back again. Here is his/her history up to Nov 2016. It seems there were no sightings here in the winter of 2016/2017 and all previous sightings here have been in the spring. 
25th Oct 2014 Ringed as a juvenile at Strangford Lough
28th Nov 2014 at Havre de Regneville in Normandy
7th Feb 2015 Last sighting Havre de Regneville
7th March 2015 at The Gann (to 8th April)
12th March 2016 at Havre de Regneville
16th March 2016 at The Gann, flock of approx. 33  around till 19th April. (including 2 Dark-bellied and one with a gammy leg)
November 2017 The Gann

Monday, 20 November 2017

Golden Plover

Great sight of ~4000 golden plover yesterday (Sunday 19th) over fields NW of Trefochlyd Farm nr. Croes-goch. A few lapwings ~50, with a further 200 the other side of Croes-goch.

Ramsey - hen harrier

To add to the recent hen harrier records in the county - there was a ringtail on the island on 18th and 19th Nov

Hen harrier, Marloes Mere and Slav still at the Gann

A Ringtail was hunting in front of the Britton Hide at 8.30. Flushing lots of duck. estimates 300 Teal, 100 Mallard, 60 Wigeon, 20 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall and pair of Pintail. Also 50 Snipe. 200 Lapwing in Trehills fields. The Slav Grebe was still on the pools at the Gann.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Hen harrier, Puncheston

From Jean Dovey. Ringtail near the memorial stone, Puncheston on Friday.

The Gann

Nipped down to have a look at the Slav grebe. Also 8 Little grebe, 20 Teal, 4 Wigeon and a female Goldeneye. 7 Brent inc the ringed bird U3 that has been recorded over at Angle. 25 Redshank, 8 Snipe, 3 Bar- tailed godwit, 2 Greenshank, a Knot and a lone Ringed plover. 5 adult Med gulls and a Great Northern diver.

Plumstone Mountain

Two Hen Harriers (1 male) roosted this evening on my BTO count. Two separate flocks of about 800 Starlings flew SE. I flushed 15 Snipe from a wet field on the approach road as i cycled by.

Firecrests, Chiffs....

This morning 1 Firecrest and 2 Chiffchaffs ringed at our CES site near the River View Point on the Teifi Marshes Reserve. 1 Firecrest seen behind Goodwick Moor yesterday.
On the Outer Breakwater in Fishguard Harbour, 2 Snow Buntings and a Black Redstart during the week. ( Is the Pembs Bird Group planning a visit to the site this winter ? )
(sev obs)

Single Swallow?

Time: 11:55. From the caravan, here at Pencarnan, as I poured a cup coffee following a patch walk in calm conditions, Marion shouted "Swallow". I was out the door in a flash. She was wrong -  2 SWALLOWS flew over the campsite!

Slavonian Grebe

Here is a video clip of the Slavonian Grebe at The Gann  (pictures taken at about 11:00 am). Note the head pattern is different on the right and left side.

Also a still:


Lovely WEBS at The Gann - splendid weather, good selection of waders and best of all, a smart Slavonian Grebe on the pools which was very approachable.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Castlemartin Corse WEBS

The rain held off for a good outing with Rob and Christine Lewis. Still no ducks (or water), but 360 lapwing and 640 golden plover, 4-500 of them still based in the field S of Starman's Hall. Lots of snipe (98 counted, probably more undisturbed in the wetland), a woodcock a new addition to our counts. The unusually pale buzzard still around, as was the female marsh harrier. Cetti's and water rail in the reedbed.

The water table is very low, the pond in Broomhill Burrows much reduced. No birds at all there.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Glynearon wood

Common Crossbill  20+
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
Red Kite 2
Sparrowhawk 1
Raven 6
Coal Tit 10

Llys y Fran Reservoir

Great Crested Grebe 7
Little Grebe 4
Cormorant 10
Grey Heron 2
Canada Geese 150
Perigrine 1 adult


Two Siberian Chiffchaffs on Skomer today


A single Hawfinch perched on the top of a bare tree next to Rudbaxton Church yesterday afternoon before moving off to the NE. A new Pembs tick for me and soberingly the first I've seen since 1965, in Sussex.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

On the way home


Goosander 2 male 1 female
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
Redwing 25
Red Kite 2

Poppit Dunes

Redwing 50
Fieldfare 25
Mistle Thrush 6
Sparrowhawk  female
Siskin 20
Redpoll  6

Cardigan to Crymych road

Mary found her first Barn Owl sat on a post

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Castlemartin Corse

Dropping down the track from Gupton to Starman's Hall, 520 golden plover, 300 lapwing and 70 curlew in field S of Starman's Hall. An hour later I saw over 1000 golden plover flying east very high, at around 1000 feet, in V's and wavy lines - half of the original 500 were still on the ground when I walked back, so at least 1200 goldies in all.

Excellent if brief views of the marsh harrier in flight. She spent an hour half-hidden in a blackthorn bush in the middle of the reedbed preening. Sadly no wildfowl at all, as someone has unblocked the outfall and all the water has drained away. The usual Cetti's and water rails, lots of snipe flying about in small parties.

A couple of days ago, 2 female merlins - one was sitting on a big bale by the roadside just outside Castlemartin before flying onto the range, the other down near the hide.

St Davids Head and Sealyham

Still a trickle of Chaffinches and Skylarks over St Davids Head. Blackcap and Merlin present. A Firecrest here at Sealyham where the wintering Green Sandpiper is loafing about on the pond.