Sunday, 22 October 2017

Strumble Head 22nd Oct 2017.

Time: 07.30 - 14.30
Weather: Mostly Cloudy with some Showers
Wind: WNW 6/7

Brent Goose - 20 ( Pale Bellied )
Common Scoter - 44 ( 41 Males )
Red Throated Diver - 2
Black Throated Diver - 1
Great Northern Diver - 5
Storm Petrel - 5
Leach's Petrel - 4 ( One of which was not seen until taken by a Peregrine )
Golden Plover - 1
Pomarine Skua - 8 ( 7 Pale Adults, some with spoons. A sgl Dark Adult with spoons )
Arctic Skua - 22 ( 15 Pale, 6 Dark, 1 Juv )
Bonxie - 27
Sabine's Gull - 1 ( Juv )
Little Gull - 3 ( All 1st w )
Sandwich Tern - 1
Little Tern - 1
Black Guillemot - 1 ( Winter Plumage )

Risso's Dolphin - 1
Porpoises showing occasionally in rough seas

Count to be further updated later.

The extremely chilly Lookout well attended today & paid dividends.



Bonxie

A single Bonxie off shore at Pen Anglas this morning,large numbers of Kittiwakes passing.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Strumble Head 20th Oct 2017.

Time: 07.00 - 11.30
Wind: NW 6

Wigeon - 4
Common Scoter - 127 ( 113 M )
Manx Shearwater - 7
Pomarine Skua - 1 Pale
Arctic Skua - 1 Dark
Bonxie - 1
Mediterranean Gull - 10 ( 9 Ad, 1 1w )

Many Thanks to Richard Davies for the information. 

Strumble Head Tuesday 17th Oct 2017.

Sorry for belated report been away !

Time: 07.00 - 1345
Weather: Clear
Wind: W 6 / SW 4

Wigeon - 1 ( M )
Common Scoter - 48 ( 37 M )
Great Northern diver - 2
Sooty Shearwater - 1
Balearic Shearwater - 1
Manx Shearwater - 25
Bar Tailed Godwit - 4
Pomarine Skua - 6 ( 2 Pale one with spoons, 1 Dark, 3 Juv )
Arctic Skua - 14 ( 9 Pale, 5 Dark _
Long Tailed Skua - 6 ( All Juvs )
Bonxie - 24
Little Gull - 4 ( 3 2w, 1 1w )
Mediterranean Gull - 3 ( 1 Ad, 2 1w )
Sandwich Tern - 6
Arctic Tern - 2
Commic Tern - 4

Risso's Dolphin - 5

Many Thanks to Richard Davies, Chris Grayell & Elfyn Pugh for the information.

Another big blow Saturday, Sunday could score !

Wheatears

2 fairly late Wheatears on Dinas Mountain this morning also 80+ GoldenPlover.
A Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the garden late afternoon.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Golden Plover

170 Golden Plover on Dinas Mountain this afternoon ,little else.

Skua Spectacular

Well if the porpoises were playing hard to get today the bird life certainly wasn't. With Richard, Elfyn, Chris and a couple of others all calling Skuas my lens was more often than not pointed skyward rather than at the fleeting porps. I'd not seen so many in a single session for a long time and one even ventured to within 80Mtrs or so of the rocks. Below is a variety of images of the many different Skuas that passed by. Appologies for the quantity Adrian but all the chaps were keen to see them on the blog. Please feel free to thin them out if you wish.





















Friday, 13 October 2017

Brent at Strumble

Captured this lone Brent Goose passing the lookout yesterday after Adrian had left.



Thursday, 12 October 2017

Strumble Head 12th Oct 2017.

Time: 07.00 - 12.00
Weather: Fine, Overcast
Wind: WSW 3/4

Common Scoter - 37 ( 30 Males )
Red Throated Diver - 1
Great Northern Diver - 2
Manx Shearwater - 6
Grey Phalarope - 1
Arctic Skua - 2 ( Dark Phase )
Bonxie - 1
Little Gull - 1 ( 2nd Summer )

Porpoises showing occasionally

Common Dolphin - 85 ( Pods of 15, 60 & 10 )
Sunfish - 1 

All the early stuff from Richard Davies.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Strumble Head 7th Oct 2017.

Time: 07.00 - 10.00
Wind: WSW 5/6

Common Scoter - 3
Bonxie - 2

Risso's Dolphin - 6 ( Including one calf )


Many Thanks to Richard Davies for the information.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Strumble Head 5th Oct 2017.

Time: 07.15 - 12.00
Weather: Generally Bright with Good Visibility
Wind: NNW 4/5

Common Scoter - 87 ( 78 Males )
Red Throated Diver - 2
Leach's Petrel - 6
Golden Plover - 6
Pomarine Skua - 4 ( All Pale Adults )
Arctic Skua - 16 ( 4 Pale, 10 Dark, 2 Juvs )
Long Tailed Skua - 3 ( All Juvs )
Bonxie - 13 
Sandwich Tern - 13
Arctic Tern - 1

Risso's Dolphin - 2 ( Possibly more )

Porpoise showing on & off.

Many Observers.

Extra's After 12 Noon.

Pomarine Skua - 1 ( Juv )
Bonxie - 2

Many Thanks to Alex Bevan ( Cardiff )



Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Strumble Head 3rd Oct 2017.

Time: 07.00 - 11.00
Weather: Bright
Wind: NW 5

Brent Goose - 3 ( Pale Bellied )
Common Scoter - 83 ( 68 Males )
Great Northern Diver - 1
Leach's Petrel - 2
Grey Phalarope - 1
Pomarine Skua - 2 ( Both Juvs )
Arctic Skua - 17 ( 5 Pale, 12 Dark )
Bonxie - 8
Sandwich Tern - 4
Commic Tern - 1

Porpoises showing occasionally.

Many Thanks to Richard Davies for the early stuff.



Strumble Head 2nd Oct 2017.

Time: 07.00 - 13.00
Wind: W 6/7

Common Scoter - 26 ( 23 Males )
Red Throated Diver - 1
Great Northern Diver - 1
Pomarine Skua - 2 ( 1 Pale, 1 Juv )
Arctic Skua - 4 ( 1 Pale, 3 Juv )
Bonxie - 10
Sandwich Tern - 14
Commic Tern - 2

Many Thanks to Richard Davies & Chris Grayell for the information.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Tresinwen (30 Sep 17)

Spotted Flycatcher, Coal Tit, a few Chiffchaffs and Goldcrest in the garden today.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Late Bottles at Fishguard yesterday!

Although it was pretty wild and windy out on the breakwater, some gannets were visible across the bay beneath the Caravan Park. I squinted through my bins trying to see in the glare of sun on the scattering waves. Eventually I made our what seemed to be three or four bottlenose dolphins making their way out towards Pwllgweaelod.
With Kens Commons and Porpoises, it was nice to have recorded three different cetacean species from the shore in one day within five miles of each other!



Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Sea Trust Pelagic Survey 26/09/2017

A trip out to the deeps off SW Pembs on a Pelagic survey on board the Cartlet Lady gave us many Common Dolphin sightings but we also keep an eye out for our feathered friends too. A quiet sky overall with the usual Gannets and lots af Auks. Several sightings of Bonxies although most were distant but one did come close enough for a shot. The other was a late season Manxie spotted among some feeding Kittywakes which I managed to capture taking off as the boat approached.





Monday, 25 September 2017

Pen Anglas

A bird flew in from high up and landed after circling a few times, I strongly suspect was an Ortolan Bunting by call ,build and flight. It landed near to the point at Pen Anglas in the grass and heather I searched for it but was unable to relocate it.
Fairly quite otherwise except for 4 Sandwich Terns fishing just off shore.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Strumble Head (22 & 23 Sep 17)

Tawny Owl sat on the road just before Carreg Lwyd last night was a bit unusual.

Loads of Goldcrest around today.

Wheatear Bathtime

After the ferocity of the peregrine something a little calmer at the lookout as a wheatear takes a bath in a water filled rock hollow closely watched by the resident rock pippit.








Thursday, 21 September 2017

Peregrinus wants his Sandwich

A short but brutal story from Strumble Head.
This morning's porpoise watch was moving along nicely when my brother spotted this Peregrine taking a Sandwich Tern off the water to the right of the lookout. I quickly trained the binos and then the lens on them and this is what unfolded over the next twenty minutes or so. The Peregrine at one stage was actually in the water wrestling with the tern. It lifted it out and tried to carry it off. By this time several gulls were in the chase and the scene was electric. With several gulls chasing it was forced to drop the tern. Not daunted though it quickly did a 360 and swooped to reclaim it's prey. Again mobbed it dropped the tern and amazingly the tern flew off the water but was taken again as the Peregrine snatched it out of the air. By now I guess the Peregrine was getting tired and eventually he gave up and flew off to the east followed unbelievably by the tern leading a pack of chasing gulls. Some twenty minutes later we spotted the tern now in a sorry state drifting past the lookout on the tide when shortly after it was despatched by some hungry herring gulls.



With chasing gulls it was forced to drop the tern.

It picked it up again only to drop it a second time.


Amazingly the tern flew off.

but only to be taken again in mid air.

Eventually the Peregrine now tired flew off without the tern and again the tern flew off toward Makerel point chased by gulls.

Twenty one minutes later and the tern was drifting past the lookout some 80mtrs out.

Only now it was to be despatched by this and other herring gulls as it drifted away.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Strumble Head 19th Sept 2017.

Time: 06.35 - 13.35
Weather: Bright & Clear ( Ireland & Lleyn Peninsula visible )
Wind: WNW then SW very light

Teal - 1
Common Scoter - 108 ( 74 Males )
Red Throated Diver - 1
Grey Heron - 1
Pomarine Skua - 1 ( Pale )
Arctic Skua - 2 ( 1 Dark, 1 Pale )
Mediterranean Gull - 3 ( 2 Ad, 1 Juv )
Sandwich Tern - 14
Commic Tern - 6

Common Dolphin - 45 

1000's of Hirundines

Many Thanks to Chris Greyall

Pen Anglas

A large movement of Swallows in excess of 1,000 in an hour,much smaller numbers of House Martins and 3 SandMartins,off shore 3 Sandwich Terns and several Porpoise. A seal pup on beach near outer breakwater.
At Llanychaer a Goshawk and Sparrowhawk circling together the size difference was very noticeably .

Monday, 18 September 2017

Goshawk

A Goshawk flew over at Llanychaer this afternoon.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Crossbills

5 Crossbills near Trecwn plus 2 Wheatears and a fly over Golden Plover.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Strumble this afternoon...

Four-ish pretty quiet, odd birds flying along close concentrated tide race and others feeding in groups, mainly gulls, some gannets two stormies dropped in but not seen again.
One close adult pom with spoons, briefly harassed a group before flying on had it in viewfinder, click, No memory card...aaargh!  

Strumble Head 16th Sept 2017.

Time: 06.15 - 13.00

Teal - 1
Common Scoter - 302 ( 270 Males )
Red Throated Diver - 3
Little Egret - 2
Arctic Skua - 4 ( 1 Pale, 3 Dark )
Bonxie - 3
Mediterranean Gull - 1 ( Adult ) 
Sandwich Tern - 2
Commic Tern - 6

Common Dolphins - 6 ( 1 Pod )

Many Thanks to Brian Southern & John Faithfull for the information.

Fishguard Harbour Green Breakwater, Thursday, Friday...

We spotted at least four Grey Phalaorope feeding on a scum line a hundred metres or so off the green Breakwater on Friday afternoon  (see below) as we were setting up for our Macmillan Coffee morning for the following day.


Images: Stevo Lucas.



On Saturday it was blowing a hooley and we spotted a Leaches Petrel dancing along followed by a couple of much more fluttery stormies. Several Sandwich Terns were feeding close in with a Little Tern. our Coffee morning guests were also treated to a couple more Grey Phalaropes.
Sadly the spray made photography impossible without risking my camera which was a bit of a pain!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Strumble Head 14th Sept 2017.

Time: 06.15 - 16.00
Wind: N / NNW 6+

Gadwall - 2
Common Scoter - 180 ( 166 Males )
Red Throated Diver - 1
Sooty Shearwater - 2
Leach's Petrel - 32
Golden Plover - 2
Dunlin - 23
Turnstone - 2
Pomarine Skua - 1 ( Juv )
Arctic Skua - 35 ( 9 Pale , 26 dark )
Long Tailed Skua - 1 ( Juv )
Bonxie - 24
Sabines Gull - 4 ( 1 Ad, 3 Juv )
Little Gull - 2 ( Juv )
Sandwich Tern - 67
Commic Tern - 55

Many Thanks to John Faithfull & Peter Murray ( Via Richard Davies ) for the information. Pic of Bonxie feeding on auk just off lookout by Richard Burns.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Early Strumble 13 sept 2017.

Time: 06.00 - 10.30 ish

Common Scoter - 14 ( 11 Males )
Storm Petrel - 1
Arctic Skua - 7 ( 3 Pale , 4 dark )
Long Tailed Skua - 1 ( Juv )
Bonxie - 7
Sandwich Tern - 2
Commic Tern - 10

Common Dolphin - 40
Risso's Dolphin - 4

Many Thanks to Richard Davies ( Ammanford ) for the information. 

More Sabines

A short watch between 5-6 pm produced 2 juv Sabines Gulls, 2 Great  Skuas, a dark phase Arctic Skua,,in excess of 20 Sandwich Tern and 3 Commic Terns.

Bits and pieces from Fishguard Harbour and Strumble