Monday 28 July 2014

Flagpoles 15.00 28th July

Oystercatchers up to 74+, if this is the usual autumn movement then appears to be starting a couple of weeks early.A couple of Dunlinish waders flying about as well. Up to 30 Black Headed Gulls...No Meds. yet.

Sunday 27 July 2014

More Silver Washed Frillaries

There were three Silver Washed Fritillaries at Llanychaer on Friday .
Slightly further a field a Green Sandpiper at Rosebush Reservoir yesterday,the pair of Great Crested Grebe seemed to have failed to hatch any young this year after two attempts.
At Pantmarnog a family party of Willow Tits six maybe seven individuls, also 2 Crossbills.

Thursday 24 July 2014

Silver Washed Fritillary

A single Silver Washed Fritillary at Llanychaer this afternoon,also 4 Commas.

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Fishguard Outer Breakwater 23rd July.

Moving waders apparent as 4 Redshank seen & a single summer plumaged Turnstone, approx. 10 Common Scoter passed distantly. A few Porpoises seen in the bay during a one hour survey with Walrus & Hannah from Seatrust.

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Flagpoles 13.00 Little Egrets

Highlight of todays visit, 2 Little Egrets also a single Whimbrel calling over but didn't see it.

Monday 21 July 2014

Dave Glanville

It is with much shock & sadness that I heard of the passing of Dave Glanville this weekend. I will remember his enthusiasm on his visits to Strumble in particular & as noted in the piece on Pembrokeshire Birds he was great company to have in the lookout next to you. Sincere condolences to his family & friends, he will be greatly missed.


Thursday 17 July 2014

Flagpoles 15.00 17th July.

Usual suspects ( Herring Gulls, Oystercatchers & a few Black Headed Gull ), Curlews up to 4 now & 2 slightly smaller more distant waders gave them selves up as Greenshanks uttering their " Tew.Tew,Tew " call as they flew off.

Song Thrush 17th July.

Nice to see a juv Song Thrush in garden today. Adults not seen recently but possibly a fairly closely bred individual. After observations made later in the afternoon it's possible that this bird is being fed by the adult male Blackbird that has been feeding his own fledglings recently.

Tuesday 15 July 2014

Strumble Head 15th July.

Time: 16.15 - 18.15
Weather: Bright & Sunny
Wind: NW 2

Mediterranean Gull - 1 ( Ad flying West )
Common Gull - 1 ( 1st summer )
Puffin - 2

Porpoise - A few showing intermittently.

By the time I left Manxies coming through in large numbers.

Sunday 13 July 2014

Strumble Head (13 Jul 14)

Time: 0500 - 0800
Weather: Sunny spells.
Wind: NW (F5)

Puffin - 32
Common Scoter - 12 (1F, 11M)
Curlew - 1

No cetaceans seen.

Friday 11 July 2014

Melanistic Kestrel

There was a melanisic Kestrel at Pen Anglas this afternoon,I thought at first I was seeing something out of the ordinary a very dark individual.
Also good numbers of Dark Green Fritillaries around twenty in total,other species of butterfly included Small Skipper,Gatekeeper,Ringlet and numerous Meadow Browns.

Thursday 10 July 2014

Strumble Head 10th July.

Time: 10.00 - 11.30
Weather: Bright
Wind: NNE 1/2

Mediterranean Gull - 1 ( Adult with full black hood east.)

A few Manx Shearwaters & Guillemots, Razorbills, Gannets, Fulmars present.
Porpoises showing intermittently.

On the land good numbers of Meadow Pipits & Stonechats.

Sunday 6 July 2014

Sandwich Tern

There was a single Sandwich Tern in Fishguard harbour this morning.

Goodwick Moor 6th July.

Mild excitement in the shape of a pale Reed Warbler type acrocephalus that also had a less than convincing song & also in the scrubby area of Buddleia & Japanese knotweed rather than the reedbed , looked very interesting. Unfortunately couldn't relocate it after the tour of the moor. Returned slightly later with Steve & we eventually relocated the bird  plus a couple more ! Juvenile Reed Warblers that were having a bash at singing ? At least we can confirm breeding for this year, considering we only estimate a couple of pairs on site there quite pleasing.

Thursday 3 July 2014

Tystie Fishguard Harbour 3rd July.

After not seeing them for a while we had wondered whether increased activity with a large dredging vessel had been causing a problem. Today however, one was seen to fly out of the Ferry Terminal side & towards Lower Town, just after the ship came in. behaviour that has been witnessed many times previously so possibly disturbance has been minimal & they are still present.
at the Flagpoles very little, 2 Black headed Gulls over & 30 ish Oystercatchers.