Friday, 18 August 2017

Strumble Head 18th August 2017.

Time: 05.45 - 14.15
Wind: W4 then SW 5/6

Common Scoter - 20 ( 17 Males )
Sooty Shearwater - 1
Balearic Shearwater - 5
Sanderling - 18
Dunlin - 56
Whimbrel - 9
Grey Phalarope - 1
Pomarine Skua - 1 ( Juv )
Arctic Skua - 7 ( 1 Pale, 6 Dark )
Bonxie - 5
Mediterranean Gull - 2 ( Both Adult )
Sandwich Tern - 3
Commic Tern - 12
Black Tern - 1
Puffin - 4

Risso's Dolphin - 7 ( Including 1 calf )

Chris Grayell

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Strumble Head 13th August 2017.

05.45 - 12.45
Wind: very Light W until 10 Then S

Wigeon - 1
Common Scoter - 101 ( 73 Males )
Dunlin - 17
Whimbrel - 5
Turnstone - 1
Arctic Skua - 6 ( 2 Pale, 4 Dark )
Bonxie - 1
Sandwich Tern - 8
Common Tern - 2
Puffin - 1

Common Dolphin - 100+

Chris Grayell 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Strumble Head Early Evening Shift 12th Aug 2017

Time: 16.00 - 18.00
Weather: Sunny
Wind: W 3

Common Scoter - 59 ( 53 Males )
Black Tailed Godwit - 8

Common Dolphin - 2
Porpoises showing occasionally

Wdigbirder & Graham Powell ( AKA Tall Twitcher ! )

Strumble Bonxie

Following on from Chis's report here's some images of the Bonxie that he recorded this morning. First one I've seen an quite a while. Autumn is coming!!!

Strumble Head 12th August 2017.

Time: 05.45 - 12.45
Wind: W 3/4

Common Scoter - 75 ( 51 Males )
Balearic Shearwater - 2
Grey Heron - 1
Whimbrel - 14
Arctic Skua - 2 ( Both Pale )
Bonxie - 1
Mediterranean Gull - 1 ( Juv )
Sandwich Tern - 4

Common Dolphin - 20/25 

Chris Grayell

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Strumble Head (06 Aug 17)

Time: 0515 - 0900
Weather: Sunny spells.
Wind: SW (F4)

Storm Petrel - 2
Arctic Skua - 1 (D)
Great Skua - 1
Mediterranean Gull - 2 (AdW, AdS)
Sandwich Tern - 3
Common Scoter - 151 (64F, 87M)
Whimbrel - 1
Dunlin - 13

Common Dolphin - 2 pods of 5 and 15
Common Porpoise - showing quite well.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Strumble Head (05 Aug 17)

Time: 0515 - 0900
Weather: Sunny spells.
Wind: NW (F3)

Common Scoter - 459 (136F, 323M)
Mediterranean Gull - 2 (1stW, AdW)
Sandwich Tern - 2
Curlew - 1
Whimbrel - 1
Common Sandpiper - 1

Common Dolphin - c.15
Common Porpoise - showing occasionally

Friday, 4 August 2017


8 Gadwall on the pond at Llanychaer this evening before taking off and heading up the valley.

Strumble Head 4th August 2017.

Time: 06.00 - 09.30
Weather; Bright, Sunny
Wind: WSW 3

Gadwall - 2 ( The first since 2012 )
Shoveler - 1
Common Scoter - 262 ( 244 Males )
Dunlin - 2
Curlew - 2
Arctic Skua - 4 ( All Pale )
Sandwich tern - 2
Puffin - 3

Common Dolphin - A pod of approx. 12 to 15 animals east to west about half way out.
Porpoises showing occasionally.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Strumble Head 3rd August 2017 ( 2 Watches )

Time: 05.45 - 12.45
Wind: SW ( Howler )

Common Scoter - 14 ( 9 males )
Balearic Shearwater - 1
Storm Petrel - 1
Puffin - 1

( Chris Grayell )

Time; 16.30 - 18.00
Weather: Bright, clouding up towards end
Wind: SW 5/6

Common Scoter - 1 ( M )
Storm Petrel - 7
Puffin - 1

Porpoises showing well considering the sea conditions.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Strumble Head 1st August 2017.

Time: 16.00 - 18.00
Weather: Bright, some cloud.
Wind: SW3

Common Scoter - 13 ( 11 males )
Dunlin - 6
Sandwich Tern - 2
Puffin - 1

Porpoises showing all through the watch.

Manxies numerous & a large number of Guillemots with young on sea.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Whimbrel on the move1

This flock of 20 Whimbrel came into the breakwater today saw us and then moved off towards Dinas!

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Strumble Kestrel

This kestrel has been buzzing me at strumble this past week or so passing several times over the day and today it landed on an outcrop some two hundred metres away.

Common Scoter 23rd July.

As expected Graham Rees has confirmed the 871 Scoter logged on Richard's ( below ) watch is a Strumble day record count.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Strumble Head (23 Jul 17)

Time: 0500 - 1200
Weather: Cloudy
Wind: SSW (F4)

Balearic Shearwater - 3
Storm Petrel - 1
Common Scoter - 871 (175F, 696M)
Sandwich Tern - 1
Curlew - 2
Whimbrel - 6
Redshank - 1

Risso's Dolphin - 3 pods of about 5 individuals in each.  Lots of leaping including one individual that performed over 15 consecutive sideways belly-flops.

Common Porpoise - Showing occasionally

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Strumble Head (22 Jul 17)

Time: 0500 - 0900
Weather: Sunny
Wind: SE (F3)

Storm Petrel - 1
Common Scoter - 281 (56F, 225M)
Mediterranean Gull - 2 (Juv & 1st W)
Dunlin - 5
Puffin - 12

Common Porpoise - showing occasionally

A Strumble gem!

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Waders on the move!

Single Dunlin, Common Sandpiper and Turnstone on the breakwater yesterday all flushed  heard and seen briefly  as I drove past them!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Strumble Head (16 July 2017)

Time: 0500 - 1200
Weather: Fog (lots of it) until 0930 then clear and cloudy.
Wind: WSW (F5) until 0930 then WNW (F3)

Storm Petrel - 1
Arctic Skua - 1 (Juv) (Very early for juv?)
Common Scoter - 209 (33F, 176M)
Dunlin - 9
Puffin - 14

Common Porpoise - showing occasionally
Common Dolphin - 2 pods of 5 and 10

Saturday, 15 July 2017

The Pale Buzzard is Back

Back in late February early March there was a very pale coloured but magestic looking Buzzard on the Strumble peninsular. It moved off after a few weeks but now it seems it's back and I managed to catch a few shots of it on my way to and from Strumble today. In sunlight it looks superb but today was a dull day. I'll see if I can get some more shots of it over the next week.

Strumble Head (15 July 2017)

Time: 1400 - 1700
Weather: Dull, cloudy, brighter later.
Wind: SW (F5)

Storm Petrel - 3
Common Scoter - 6 (3F, 3M)
Puffin - 7

Common Porpoise - showing occasionally.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Fishguard Gulls 13th July.

At least one Juv Med. Gull at the Flagpoles this afternoon then a 1st Summer bird at Lower Town. Black Headed Gulls in reasonable numbers now with many Juveniles.

Back at Maesgwynne a Kestrel sitting on a Telegraph Pole across the road was unusual.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

On the move

A common sandpiper on the breakwater yesterday flew before i could snap it!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Strumble to Goodwick walk

A lovely day Sunday so Mrs B and myself took a walk on the coast path. The ideal outing to test out the recently aquired 150-600mm G2 Tamron lens. Not much activity out over the water so I turned my attention to the coastal margins. First sighting was this little brown feller perched on an old bramble stalk waiting to dip down into the nest no doubt. Later in the walk we saw two Kestrels one which sped by and no chance of an image and the other hovering at a distance across one of the bays. The highlight was the encounter with twenty or so Fulmars on a nesting cliff near Carregwastad followed by a great capture of a Meadow/Rock pippit. All in all I'm very pleased with the results off this new lens.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Dun (lin) Roaming...

This little beauty was on the breakwater this afternoon! will it stay or will it go? did it arrive from Greenland or mid Wales, who knows but its nice to see one in summer plumage at this time of the year!

Friday, 7 July 2017

Green Sandpiper

A Green Sandpiper has just in the last ten minutes landed at the pond at Llanychaer.

Same bird?

Just as a coincidence perhaps this is the same bird Richard got four days before. Captured just along from Tresinwen on the way to Strumble.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Strumble Head - 2 July 2017

This is the Red Kite that has been hanging around for some time.  One of last year's young?  Pretty ragged plumage anyways.  Was following tractors silage cutting all afternoon on Sunday.  Seemed to be good tactic as it was seen feeding on a few "casualties" of the cutting.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Strumble Today 4/7/2017

The first trip to Strumble with the new 150-600mmG2 Tamron on the front of the camera. Alas only distant porpoise but on the bird front the Choughs were more active than I've seen of late with two or three individuald flying by and then a group of three. A calling curlew got my attention with two groups of three passing a few minutes appart. A few auks some kittywakes and the odd sheerwater completed the lineup with a few passing gannets for good measure. The images below are both montages of the various shots captured. Quite pleased with the clarity of the new lens though.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Honey Buzzard

My attention was drawn to a raptor flying over at Llanychaer this afternoon being chased by Herring Gulls. I quickly grabbed my binoculars from indoors it was a Honey Buzzard. It headed off in a South Easterly direction still being pursed by the Gulls.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Poplar Hawkmoth

Two of the four Poplar Hawkmoths from my moth trap last night.
A Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the garden today.

Ferry Trip.

Many Thanks to Laura & Rens for their fantastic work with the Seatrust this year. Culminated by Saturday's Dolphin Day Event. Sometime's Luckily Teams put together just work, no disrespect to previous but best yet I think.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Ferry Trip 24th June.

As reported on Whales In Wales, see Link. A great trip for both Dolphins & Seabirds.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Shearwater Art.

Been a bit tied up recently what with one thing & another. Lovely images Ken, your understanding of the aesthetic goes beyond just capturing the shots. Thanks very much. 

Manx photos

Fantastic photos Ken.

Sheerwater Art

On a cetacean survey this past Sunday aboard the Stena Europe the Sheerwaters were all over and later in the evening on the return trip were heading back towards St Brides bay. Still water on the crossing allowed for some stunning reflective shots as they skimmed along.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Late or early?

This whimbrel may still be heading North or perhaps has failed to find a mate and is on its way back south. Either way it was on the breakwater on Saturday!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Willow Tit

A nice add on for my local list this afternoon a Willow Tit in the garden,the nearest I have seen one to here in recent years is Rosebush.
This morning at Pen Anglas 2 Small pearl boarded Fritillaries,and a singles Bottle nosed Dolphin in the bay,quite bird wise.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Screaming swifts start the day!

An early start on the outer breakwater produced no cetaceans but as I sat searching the sea, I heard swifts screaming above. Six of them were drifting along in the south westerly breeze. I am sure our swift numbers have  noticeably dropped in recent years. I think all in all they are my favorites so it was nice to see and particularly hear them.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

A diver perhaps

Hi Adrian.  Spotted this one quite a way out off the lookout the other day. Much bigger than the razors and gillies around and about but unusual to see a diver this late on "I think" but I may be wrong as you know how much I know about this sort of thing. An ID if you can please.

A 2nd Year Gannet is my best guess. 

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Strumble Head 6th June 2017.

Time: 16.30 - 18.30
Weather: Bright
Wind: W 4/5

Storm Petrel - 3
Bonxie - 2
Puffin - 7

Good numbers of the common species including 1000's of Manxies.

Porpoises present but difficult to see.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Anania Funebris - White Spotted Sable Moth

A tricky thing to get an image of as it wouldn't stay still. On the bank behind the cottage.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Pen Anglas

Off of Pen Anglas this morning around 4 Common Dolphins picked up when I was watching a small group of Manx Shearwaters passing,on the sea ward side of the outer breakwater 8 Bottle nosed Dolphins including a half grown calf. A pair of Barnacle Geese flew over almost certain to be of feral origin.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Strumble Head 27th May 17.

From Andy Phillips ( Cardiff )

06.25 - 10.15

Common Scoter - 7

Risso's Dolphin - 4
Common Dolphin - 6

Good numbers of the regular species seen.

Thanks Andy.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Maesgwynne Moths

Top to Bottom:
Pale Tussock & White Ermine
Pale Shouldered Brocade
Small Square Spot
Brimstone Moth
Scalloped Hazel