Thursday, 18 January 2018


With the tide dropping along the stretch between Angle Harbour and The Lodge this morning a big count of 72 Black Tailed Godwits. I can't recall seeing more than a handful of Blackwits in the Angle Bay area over the last 10 plus years  - an interesting sighting given Graham Brace's record of 87 Blackwits at Llangwm on 15 January. Amongst them just 5 Bar Tailed Godwits, the more common Winter species in Angle Bay. Also c.120 Dunlin. 12 Redshank and a few Curlew. A Great Northern Diver was some way out towards the Haven.

Iceland Gull -- Teifi

A 1st winter Iceland Gull was bathing with other gulls off the middle sand bars viewed from St Dogmael's Quay at 4pm today.

St Davids Choughs

10 on the GC today, feeding busily. The one with a white ring on its left leg also has 2 red rings on its right, the lower one with white numbering. Firecrest still in the garden here at Sealyham.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Pembroke Blackcap

Photo of a Blackcap taken by Colin Laugharne in his Pembroke garden today. Also a pic of his bird feeders - should keep 'em going for a while!


A Firecrest in the front garden at Sealyham this afternoon.

The Hakin Great Northern Diver

The Great Northern Diver was again below the coast path near St Mary's Church Hakin, Milford Haven, at lunch-time today, as it had been at 8.30 am yesterday, and also the day before. It seems to favour the area between Conduit Beach and Hakin Point and is coming in very close to the shore.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

St Davids Choughs

A dozen choughs on St Davids Golf course today and feeding actively apparently. One had a white plastic ring on its left leg.

Monday, 15 January 2018

The Gann

From Bryn Burgess :  
Red Breasted Merganser – a single female
Snipe – 26
Little Grebe – 6
Greenshank – 1
Stonechat – single male
Bar Tailed Godwit – 2
Teal - c16
Wigeon & Redshank  present
Mute Swan – 3 (2ad + 1st year)
Little Egret – 1
Cormorant – 2
Shelduck – 3
Curlew – 22
LT Tit - 4


From Graham Brace: At 3pm this afternoon there were 87 blackwits feeding/slumbering along the tideline in Llangwm at the confluence of the streams from the pill with the river. Blackwits in varying much smaller numbers have been present most days over the last few months but I've never witnessed an 'invasion' of this magnitude in Llangwm. One, unfortunately, had a broken wing so it's survival is doubtful. Also, a common sandpiper was exploring the patches of seaweed nearby.

Wiseman's Bridge

3 Eider (2 1st winter drake and 1 female) offshore early afternoon but quite distant. 3 female Teal also offshore as well as the usual Scoter, 6 Great Crested Grebes and 3 Red-breasted Merganser.

A female Brambling feeding in my garden in Llanteg this morning.

Gupton/Castlemartin Corse - this morning and a brief look at Pembroke Millpond/Holyland wood this afternoon

Despite very heavy rain before 09:00 hrs, the weather settled down enough to allow a small team (including Clive Hurford, Chris Oliver, Paul Culyer, Richard Ellis, student Jack and myself) to do another 2017/18 winter survey of Gupton farmland birds for the NT. 

Despite blustery conditions we managed to notch up over 4,000 birds (mostly common typical farmland species) between us all. Highlights being over 700 golden plovers, plus a likely additional 1,000 or so golden plovers that flew high over the area at c. 09:00 hrs appearing to heading generally east and probably not returning; nearly 1,800 lapwings, 479 snipe (a similar total to that recorded in our December survey) and 3 jack snipe (also a similar number to the Dec count). Richard and Chris also noted 24 black tailed godwits further up the valley.

Between us all we also saw c. 86 fieldfares and smaller numbers of redwings but only 85 chaffinches and far less linnets. Skylarks (84) were up on Dec but numbers were still quite low for the area overall for the time of year. 

Raptors were almost absent (possibly due to the blustery conditions) apart from the 2 over-wintering marsh harriers that put in an appearance over the reed-bed. These were not seen by all of us.  

Later on, a quick look at Pembroke Millpond produced the usual expected waterfowl species including a couple of goldeneye and a single female tufted duck. No pochard here though yet, now quite a scarce bird in the county - you're probably much more likely to see scaup than pochard these days! 

(Clive mentioned seeing a scaup with a dozen great-crested grebes in Angle Bay yesterday, and also c.120 black-tailed godwits at a pond on the Angle peninsula - just passage birds or a new wintering area for them?). 

One of the over-wintering firecrests was feeding on insects at the Holyland car-park rubbish heap again. Another one was calling quite a lot further along the boardwalk in the alder and willow carr.


Great Northern Diver - Hakin

It was nice to see this Great Northern Diver at lunch-time today from the Coast path below St Mary's Church in Hakin.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Porthgain to Trefin early afternoon and Abercastle later

A coastal walk from Porthgain to Trefin was fairly quiet bird-wise, apart from noting two pairs of ravens disputing territory rights, a small colony of fulmars at an established breeding location and a single lapwing which looked slightly lost as it flew along the cliff-edge and a stubble field margin.

A return route on an inland path provided distant views of a couple of Med gulls, feeding with a small flock of black-headed gulls and starlings in sheep-pasture - a couple of very distant record photo views were only just about possible, and the light was terrible.

Later, at nearby Abercastle, we noted a few hundred black-headed gulls heading to roost offshore. At least one Med gull was heading out to roost with them - perhaps one of the Porthgain birds? Seven distant wigeon were also also resting on the sea off Abercastle at dusk. 

Little Haven - Mill Haven

From Bryn and Ros Burgess -

During walk from Little Haven to Mill Bay

Black throated Diver 4
Red Throated Diver 1
Peregrine 1

From the Point at Little Haven

Black throated Diver 1
Red throated Diver 1
Guillemot 2
Common Scoter 20 (at least)
Peregrine 1

Black redstarts - Abercastle

From Hugh and Pauline James - 2 black redstart  on kelp & rocks from parking area at Abercastle late today.

A little earlier at Llangloffan, 3 or 4 snipe, a peregrine, 9 Fieldfare, loads of ravens (c40..)

Around 1:00 ish, well over 100 golden plover with flock of lapwing over & in fields to side of main road just south of Croesgoch.

1 chough over Whitesands car park.

Whooper Swan

This single individual at Trehill this afternoon, the same one that`s been at the Gann & Angle these past few weeks ?
Nothing else  at the Gann or Marloes Mere to speak of.

Garden again

A little more on our Crundale garden birds: for the first time in many years we had siskins today, a male and two females who appear to prefer the sunflower hearts to peanuts. Siskin weren't all that common even when Crundale and the surrounding area had many more trees than we now have. I know they have a reputation for wandering in winter so perhaps there's been an influx into the County recently?

Saturday, 13 January 2018


We have recently started putting out sunflower hearts and they certainly attract goldfinches. In addition to chaffinches, sparrows and tits etc, we have had two bramblings and two greenfinches over the last few days. These are the first greenfinches we have seen in the garden for over a year. A pair of bullfinches are stripping the winter flowering honeysuckles of their buds having taken the berries from the himalayan honeysuckle.

Ducks on the Teifi

Poor birding conditions today - maybe a day for ducks.....
Four Pintail in c2 drakes on the sea with a Teal, and later this afternoon a female Shoveler feeding with one of the groups of Wigeon off the Railings. Both good duck records for North Pembs.

Friday, 12 January 2018


A couple of photos of Grey plover, Dunlin and teal, courtesy David Ord.

Med Gull white 3KNN

Lyndon passed the following photo to me - picked up by a walker found on the beach by Goodwick Flagpoles on the 10th.

No surprise - a ring off a returning Med Gull to North Pembs.

Ringed as a nestling  on 27/06/2014  at ...... De Kreupel Island, Ijsselmeer, Noord-Holland,
Re-sighted by Sam !!  on  11/12/2015  at Nevern Estuary, Newport, Pembrokeshire.

Ring only -- found  on  10/01/2018 at Fishguard Harbour, Pembrokeshire.