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 Peregrin 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 Peregrin 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 Peregrin snatched it out of the air. By now I guess the Peregrin 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 Peregrin 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


A Goshawk flew over at Llanychaer this afternoon.

Sunday, 17 September 2017


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.