Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Hobby

An addition to Chris's merlin was a juvenile hobby later this afternoon. There was a single manx shearwater and also a raven, bringing back memories of Jack D and his impersonations!

Strumble Head 30th Sept.

Time: 07.00 - 12.00
Weather: Fine
Wind: SW

Pintail - 2
Common Scoter - 97 ( 76 Males )
Red Throated Diver - 1
Pomarine Skua - 1 ( Juv )
Arctic Skua - 1 ( Dark )
Mediterranean Gull - 2 ( 1 Ad , 1 juv )
Little Tern - 1
Sandwich Tern - 43
Commic Tern - 7

2 pods of Common dolphins with no more than 6 in each

Hundreds of Hirundines & Passerines ( mainly finches ) in off sea & a Merlin.

Many Thanks to Chris Grayell for the report. 

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Tresinwen & Strumble (27 & 28 Sep 14)

Looks like I have made it through September without any sea-watching - thanks to the weather.  Not a record to be proud of.  We must have been too greedy in the last week of August.

A good look around the garden and headland over the weekend produced the following highlights:

  • 150 Starlings yesterday feasting on Elderberry around Tresinwen.  Nothing unusual amongst them.  They seem to have dispersed today and have taken to high level fly catching.
  • 2 Jays today - one behind the garden and one at bottom of Porthsychan valley.
  • Up to 5 Goldcrest around the garden along with 2 or 3 Chiffchaff.
  • 5 White Wagtail around the farm and a Grey Wagtail in the garden.
  • 4 Mistle Thrush in the garden yesterday with just a single flyby today.
  • Lots of Swallows on wires around Tresinwen this morning.
  • Seal pups of various ages in almost every bay you look at.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Strumble Head 26th Sept.

Time: 07.30 - 09.30




Common Scoter - 12 ( 10 Males )
Balearic Shearwater - 1
Bonxie - 1
Sandwich Tern - 5
Arctic Tern - 3




Risso's Dolphin - 1




Many Thanks to Brian Gibbs ( Somerset Recorder ) for the info.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Goshawk

A juv Goshawk at Llanychaer having an ariel fight with a Buzzard.50+Hose Martins over the tree tops.

Strumble Head 25th Sept.

Time: 09.45 - 14.15
Weather: Cloud some Drizzle
Wind: SW3


Common Scoter - 19 ( 16 Males )
Balearic Shearwater - 2
Knot - 5
Mediterranean Gull - 1 ( Ad )


Risso's Dolphin - 1
Porpoises - Showing well in close tide race.


As in previous post Swallows coming in off sea in good numbers.

Swallows swarming in... and Autumn migrants!

As I walked the dog just before eight this morning i was delighted to hear the excited chattering of a swarm of swallows, c40 above the house. Not long after I was at Strumble and met up with Brian Gibbs (Somerset Bird Recorder) on his regular autumn visit. 
As even more Swallows streamed in off the sea, Brian told me although seabirds were few and far between, he had seen a pod of c16 Common Dolphins in the morning and several Risso's  and more commons over the past few days. This included a group of five on Monday night that had been visible for over half an hour. Its always nice to see some of the old gang especially such a reliable observer.