Wednesday 30 December 2015

Fishguard Fort

Off the fort today in the harbour area 5 Red-throated Diver,1Great Northern Diver and 3 Common Scoter.

Monday 28 December 2015

Fishguard Fort

Off the fort 3 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Northern Divers and a Kittiwake, on the near by fields a pair of Chough

Sunday 27 December 2015

Fishguard Harbour

In the harbour a Greenshank and a pale bellied Brent Goose,off PenAnglas a Great Northern Diver.

Tresinwen (27 Dec 15)

Water Rail and 2 Lesser Redpoll in the garden.

Thursday 24 December 2015

Strumble Roll Call 2015.

Merry Xmas - Strumble Roll Call 2015
Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to all who visited both the lookout & the blog in 2015.

Many Thanks to all who passed on the information from their Seawatches , from those on the list of the main contributors list on the right & to many others including :

Chris Grayell
Richard Davies
Red Liford
Paul Grennard
Peter Murray
Simon Murray
David Astins
Toby Phelps
Chris Jones
Brian Gibbs
Paul Mahiques
Mervyn Jones
John Faithfull
Ceri Jones
Rob Rackliffe
Mark Hipkin
Darren Coombs
All the Team from Seatrust

& many others whose names I don't know.

Thanks again & Good Seawatching for 2016.

Wednesday 23 December 2015

Red-throated Divers at Strumble

We saw two red-throated divers from a wind-rocked car at dusk this evening.

Tuesday 22 December 2015

Maesgwynne 22nd Dec.

On the way down the valley 100's of mostly Black Headed Gulls drifting down towards Harbour, slightly later on when small groups were coming back up I managed to pick up an Adult Med in with them. I flushed a single Snipe which kept silent & low but not convinced it was a Jack on account of it flying out of site.

On this evenings Woodcock watch, 7 birds went over some quite low between 4.30 & 5 p.m.

Nadolig Llawen Blwyddwyn Newydd Dda!

 Sea Trust New Years Day Porpoise Watch 14:30 /2:30 pm Strumble Head lookout ...Start the New Year with a porpoise! 

Monday 21 December 2015

Fishguard Harbour 21st Dec.

At the Flagpoles end 11 Turnstones, Stena side a Great Northern Diver & a Great Crested Grebe. Gull numbers quite high but birds distant.

Later on from the garden, 3 Woodcock over.

Sunday 20 December 2015

Fishguard Harbour

In the harbour this morning a 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull and a Greenshank.

Friday 18 December 2015

Fishguard Fort

Off the fort this afternoon 4 Great Northern Divers and a single Red-throated Diver.
Yesterday at Cwm yr Eglwys a single Great Northern Diver and at Dinas Cross a Firecrest.

Wednesday 16 December 2015

Black Redstart

A female type Black Redstart at Cwm yr Eglwys today

Tuesday 15 December 2015


A Firecrest the last couple of days in the valley & the usual mixture of the commoner birds coming to the feeders. Great Spotted Woodpeckers actually using the peanut feeder now.

Tresinwen (13 Dec 15)

Coal Tit in the garden again today.

Thorough search all around Strumble today for any "Shorties" turned up nothing.  Lots of Song Thrushes though.

Friday 11 December 2015

Strumble Head 11th Dec.

Time: 07.45 - 12.45
Wind: Strong Westerlies all day.

Common Scoter - 28 ( 20 Males )
Eider - 1 ( Female )
Red Throated Diver - 35
Black Throated Diver - 15 ( Easily a Strumble Day Record )
Great Northern Diver - 23
Leach's Petrel - 1
Great Crested Grebe - 2
Bonxie - 4
Little Gull - 2 ( Both 1st w )
Mediterranean Gull - 1 ( Ad )

Risso's Dolphin - 1

Well done to Chris Grayell for braving the conditions today & was well rewarded.  

Flagpoles 15.00 & a New Garden Tick !

A Greenshank at the Flagpoles is always good to see, at least 2 adult Meds. in the gull roost. A couple of Woodcock flying over the house is a first for anywhere I've lived.

Dinas Mountain

On Dinas Mountain this afternoon 170 + Golden Plover and at least 120 Fieldfare my highest count for many years.
At Llanychaer this morning a Woodcock.

Winter Blackcap

A female Blackcap beneath the feeders this morning.

Thursday 10 December 2015

Wednesday 9 December 2015

Fishguard Harbour 9th Dec.

From the inner breakwater probably the same four Grebes from the previous post a cracking Drake Red Breasted Merganser on the Stena side & in with the gulls swirling around in the wind a single Adult Med. 

Great Northern Divers

After seeing a single Great Northern Diver at Cwm yr Eglwys this morning, I stopped off at Fishguard Fort this afternoon were there were 4 Great Northern Diver, 4 Great Crested Grebe and a probable Black throated Diver this was a little to far out for me to be certain with just binoculars on me.

Monday 7 December 2015

Fishguard Harbour 7th Dec.

Great Crested Grebes up to 5 now on the Flagpoles side & a single 1st w Med. Gull present before the roost really got going. In the gathering gloom a small single streaky dark finch feeding & frequenting the boulders proved difficult for myself & Walrus to pin down, it appeared to just disappear in a very small clump of gorse in the rocks possibly to roost. A Kingfisher buzzing about provided a welcome bit of colour.

Tuesday 1 December 2015

Fishguard Harbour

A single Great Crested Grebe in the harbour also counted 36 Cormorants including a single group of 19 near Lower Town.