Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Single sandwich..

Whilst watching Apache and Ringo our semi resident bottlenose Dolphins out on the breakwater yesterday (Monday) a single calling Sandwich Tern was fishing close by in the mouth of the harbour
(Fishguard)
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Sunday, 21 August 2016

Strumble Head 21st August 2016.

Time: 06.00 - 13.00
Weather : Some bright spells, rain after 12.00
Wind: WNW 6/8 then SSW decreasing

Common Scoter - 25 ( 23 Males )
Red Breasted Merganser - 1
Cory's Shearwater - 1 ( @ 06.20 )
Great Shearwater - 3 ( 06.40, 06.47, 7.20 )
Sooty Shearwater - 9
Balearic Shearwater - 1
Storm Petrel - 18 ( Possibly a few more )
Dunlin - 14
Knot - 1
Black Tailed Godwit - 2
Whimbrel - 3
Turnstone - 4
Arctic Skua - 25 ( 8 Pale, 17 Dark )
Bonxie - 24
Sandwich Tern - 36
Black Tern - 1
'Commic Tern' - 24

A few Porpoise showing.

A great morning, well attended from near & far. Pic by Paul Grennard.




                                            Great Shearwater ( Pic. Mark Hipkin )

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Strumble Head 20th August 2016.

Time: 15.00 - 1900
Weather: Showery
Wind: SW 6 / SSW 6

Common Scoter - 2 ( Males )
Great Northern Diver - 1
Sooty Shearwater - 6
Storm Petrel - 5
Mediterranean Gull - 1 ( Juv )
Arctic Tern - 4
Commic Tern - 27
Puffin - 1

Manx Shearwaters passing very close in tens of thousands.
 

Friday, 19 August 2016

Strumble Head 19th August 2016.

Another short session on the off chance that the strong wind might have blown something in. In the two hours 16 Commic Terns was all I could muster but it did rain heavily for half of the time.
Manxies in huge numbers, timed counts gave an average of 5100 per hour on the close line of Manx with equal or more numbers travelling east further out.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Maesgwynne Valley 16th August.

Interesting movement again of hirundines, circa 300 mostly House Martins on roof & wires when we went out then on our return probably 200+ mostly Swallows in evidence.
Later on while sampling some of the Rhone Valleys finest in the garden, a magnificent sight of a group of 4 Herons over heading West, surely not long off roosting but where I wonder?

Breakwater bits

A flock of circa 18 Redshank resting up on the Cow and Calves rocks. Swallows, Pied wagtails and Linnets much in evidence. This Male Kestrel possibly hoping to catch one for supper!

Monday, 15 August 2016

Swallows and House Martins

As with Adrian's post lots of House Martins and Swallows coming in off the sea this morning at Pwllderi totalling many hundreds. Five Chough in field near youth hostel.Also several Grayling butterflies seen my first this year.