Tuesday, 24 May 2016


Choughs were defending their territory from a pair of crows very noisy!




Several Whitethroats singing loud and clear around Strumble!


Crossbills

Two Crossbills again today at Cwm yr Eglwys feeding on pine cones.
I noticed a few Red Admirals around today also my first Beautiful Demoiselle of the year at Llanychaer.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Tresinwen & Strumble Head (21 & 22 May 16)

A Jay feeding in the fields behind the house on Sunday was a scarce sighting.  Cuckoo calling somewhere towards Good Hope.  Lots of hirundine movement over weekend.

On Saturday had a lovely, distinctive Stonechat (Euro) on the headland.  Not seen on Sunday.  Pictures below give it some justice but in flight it was black and white.  I thought at first that I had found a migrant male Pied Fly when it first appeared.

Thanks to RBA for some pointers this is defo a Euro Stonechat.  The clincher is some dark markings on the centres of the upper tail coverts.  Everything else was superficially like Siberian Stonechat, including dark auxiliaries as shown in the (very) dodgy pics.






Turtle dove St Nicholas.

Met up with Tina and Stephen Davies yesterday who had a turtle dove in their St Nicholas garden on Saturday, I asked if they were sure it was not a collared dove but they are extremely aware of them and described the neck pattern, a nice Strumblish tick!

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Flagpoles 16.00

No waders apart from the usual Oystercatchers but a Little Egret around the pools.

Great Crested Grebe

There was a single Great Crested Grebe in Fishguard Harbour this morning very late in the spring for one to be here.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Cuckoo

A single bird flew across in front of me in the valley & started singing from the wires, my best view of one for I don't know how long. Other than that very quiet.