Monday, 22 May 2017

Med Gull

An adult dark headed Med gull on the breakwater Fishguard harbour yesterday .

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Swifts Goodwick.

Stopped to talk to Ken mostly about the excitement of the RFF & my first two swifts of the year obligingly flew overhead.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Humming Bird Hawkmoth

A walk round Llanychaer this afternoon produced a Hummingbird Hawkmoth,Holly Blue,Red Admiral and a few Beautiful Demoiselles. Bird wise 3 Spotted Flycatchers a male Pied Flycatcher and at least 4 singing Redstarts.

Strumble Head (14 May 17) - Bee-Eater!

My usual circuit around the headland saw me positioned at the old Coastguard and scanning (from the gateway) over the two seeded fields, fences and wires just in case the RFF had returned.

At 1054 I heard a call - twice - "quip", "quip".  Quite faint and I thought... is that a plover calling?  Then another "quip"... brain into gear, I know what that is!  Quick look up and there is a solitary Bee-Eater hawking towards me and not that high up.  It then circled around to the East of my position, heading north past me.  I then lost it as it flew around the back of the coastguard hill.  It may have been following the coastline westwards.

A thorough scan of the telegraph wires over the next hour did not relocate the bird.

(Oh and no sign of the RFF this morning).


A couple of totally brilliant day's, Thankfully all saw the RFF & it stares out from Ricard & Kens pictures, a rare & no mistake ( & a rather smart chap ) & as I said enjoyed by far & wide  especially  Peter & Simon Murray, very important great supporters of the Strumble effort throughout the years greatly appreciated. A fantastic bird.

Aye, Tidy Pics Richard.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Red footed Falcon

Fantastic photos Richard.

Red Footed Falcon (13 May 17)

Here are three of my pics from this morning...

Strumble Head (13 May 17)

Still no sign of RFF this evening.

Spotted Flycatcher in the garden - the first back this year.

Strumble Head (13 May 17)

Well it was a long day in the office yesterday - itching to get down here to see the RFF.

This morning I was out for 5am and parked myself on the road point where I could see the house and the first bare field and telegraph lines.  (I wanted to see if the RFF had been roosting in the garden!).

By 0720 still no sign and it was starting to look like a dip was on the cards.  Thankfully at that point Peter and Simon Murray found the bird at the top of the second seeded field.

It proceeded to show really well - down to 10yds.  After some time it moved down the field and into the first seeded field.  In there it did a few "hover and drop on prey" reps but then without warning gained height and started hawking.  It flew in a straight line towards my house so I legged it back to the top of the road where I could see it over the garden (another garden tick!).  However, I then lost it as it started hawking again (0920).  It was not seen again by lunchtime.

Also Red Kite around and Yellow Wagtail fly-over.

Pics to follow later tonight...

Friday, 12 May 2017

Another Falcon ...nature red in tooth and claw!

So I was eating my lunch looking out of the window when a flock of about twenty or thirty corvids were flying about in a excitable manner which is unusual at this time of the year when they are generally paired up and attending to their own business. A pair of Buzzards were also flying around in an agitated fashion. Obviously something was up!

I grabbed my camera and went out to see the object of their aggravation was a  a big  female peregrine ,circling with fluttering wings and calling in a high pitched excited yickering. Obviously the peregrine was interested in something below it in the field opposite, and it then stooped. Just as it seemed as if it was going to crash into the ground it miraculously put on the brakes and landed.

Thwarted, it had circled around but regained its nerve and decided it was too good to leave & pounced again to deliver it's coup de grâce or retrieve its prize. Anyhow I took these pic's at 130 X at a range of about 120 metres and it was not possible to ID the victim without disturbing the peregrine.

This was confusing as there had been no obvious victim. It just sat there for a minute or two  looking around as if expecting trouble and then feathers started flying...   

I suspect it had taken out its victim  as is often the case if they do not manage  to "bind to" (grab hold of), their prey. The victim crashes to earth, possibly still alive but mortally wounded. At that time all hell had broke loose among the locals and it had lost its nerve. 

So this evening I went down the field to investigate...

It was all pretty gruesome...but whatever the backstory, one of our Jackdaws is missing...


Amazing pics below.
Thanks Ken

Red Footed Falcon Afternoon 12/05/2017

Hi Adrian,
 I couldn't resist having a go and joining in, so here's my efforts. Still at Strumble this PM. Conditions not good for photography with very poor light but I tries me best.

And again this morning... + a peregrine from my garden...

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Wood Warbler

Nice views of a singing Wood Warbler in the woods at Llanychaer this morning,also nice to see fledged Grey Wagtail, Dipper and Long tailed tits

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Purple Heron

Sitting out the front of the house relaxing after an afternoon gardening & a Crow is chasing a large very dark Heron at a distance of about 150 metres, bins up & it's an adult Purple Heron the Bosherston bird from a few days ago I guess. 


A pair on the feeders this morning, would like to think they are breeding close by.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Wood Warbler

A singing Wood Warbler at Pontfaen this afternoon along with at least 4 male Redstarts.
The Bluebells were very impressive as well.

Saturday, 6 May 2017


At last! after watching several thousand swallows come in off the sea at Strumble, at last we have a pair prospecting our barns again! In the twenty one years we have been here they have graced us with their tuneful twitterings. Each year they produce two broods, occasionally only one, but i guess on average over the last twenty years that's about 100 fledglings.  Every year i pray they will return but never more than this year, Hurrah.

Friday, 5 May 2017


My first few Swifts this year feeding over the tops of the trees at Llanychaer.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Pen Anglas

Probably my most unusual sitting of the year for me so far a male House Sparrow very near Pen Anglas Point, migrant wise fairly quite the best being a couple of Grasshopper Warblers.
Later at Pantmaenog 7 different reeling Grasshopper Warblers,a Cuckoo and several Redpolls.
At Rosebush Reservoir the pair of Great Crested Grebes were busy building a second nest,I would imagine the first has been predated,she was sitting on the first one about a week ago. Also there was a pair of Grey lag Geese and two pairs of Canadas.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Flagpoles 16.00

A quick look turned into a longer one as bumped into Ray W so we had a bit of a chat. Fortunately the extended trip was fortuitous with a Common Tern flying in off the sea & a couple of Herons turned up.
Here's a point, the Tern flew over us & up the Valley. Can I put it on my garden list .....?

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Strumble Head 30th April.

A short evening session by Graham Powell ( A.K.A The Tall Twitcher ), Hundreds of Manxies now going through & the bonus, a Storm Petrel at 17.25 in the line of Manx. Interestingly another reported from Carnsore Point Wexford today, just across the road. Probably the weather has stirred the early season birds up a bit.

Stena-Sea Trust Dolphin Day...Saturday June 10th

Stena-Sea Trust Dolphin Day...Saturday June 10th

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Hi everyone! 
Stena Line are changing their sailing times which will mean that we can do a day trip in daylight hours sailing at 13.10 pm and returning to Fishguard by 9.30 pm. Apparently the train schedule will also be altered to coincide with these sailings. (to be confirmed).
We have negotiated a deal to celebrate this with Stena whereby they are welcoming Sea Trust supporters with a special low foot passenger fare,of £20 + a £5 donation to Sea Trust, including a one course meal and non alcoholic drink. Obviously we cant have everyone up on the bridge but Team Sea Trust can relay sightings to people on deck ten, behind the bridge, so hopefully people can see the dolphins and sea birds as we pass by.
Its a bit of a work in progress and of course there are no guarantees but if the weather gods are with us it will be a great time to be out there. If not it will still be great to get together in the bar on the return journey. If you are interested in joining us, email asap, allthingsgood, cliff

New Garden Tick !!!

Brought down by the shower I expect, i'm off down the valley.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Flagpoles 16.00

Freezing cold but 5 Whimbrel & 3 Common Sandpipers cheered things up slightly.

Sunday, 23 April 2017


A Crossbill seen at the same location I saw one on the 10th April near Trecwn.
In excess of 100 House Martins in the valley at Llanychaer this evening.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Lesser Whitethroat.

Singing ( Rattling ) in the same area as last year along the bypass. Common Whitethroat also displaying in the area. My first Speckled Wood of the year along the path to the bench where the grass is quite long, hopefully it will stay like that for a while.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Strumble Head 20th April.

Not a seawatch but a stroll around the old Coastguards area. Highlight was at least 37 Wheatear in the tilled field just past Tresinwen with a couple of White Wagtails as well. A Whimbrel on the rocks near Mackeral Rock & as with last times visit hundreds of hirundines mostly Swallows with a few Sand & House Martin. In the flat calm a large number of Porpoises showing stretching from West of the Lighthouse East towards Pen Anglas.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Fishguard Fort

From the fort a single Sandwich Tern and also a Whimbrel and a pair of Shelduck.along the coast path at least 3 Grasshopper Warblers and a Whitethroat .

Monday, 17 April 2017

Pied Flycatcher

A smart male Pied Flycatcher seen on one of my usual circular walks near Llanychaer,also 2 pairs of Stock Doves,a steady movement of Swallows has been passing through in patches through out the day. Also my first Green veined White of the year.

Glaucous Gull still around.

Saw this snoozing on the Cow and Calf rocks yesterday afternoon, off the breakwater. Went back to get Rens one of our Dutch Students but sadly it had gone, although he did see 3 sandwich terns (not much consolation) Hopefully its still around somewhere hereabouts.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Black Guillemot

A bit of a surprise this morning was to see a  Black Guillemot in Lower Town Fishguard ,I have never seen one away from the Stena side of the harbour.

Strumble Head 13th April.

Time: 09.30 - 13.00
Weather: Some cloud at first then brightened up.
Wind: NNW 2

Red Throated Diver - 4 ( 1 Summer Plumage )
Manx Shearwater - 5 ( We had 1, Ken B had 4 before we got there )
Sandwich Tern - 5

The highlight was hundreds of Hirundines flowing out towards Ireland & on the fences , mostly Swallows but large number of Sand Martins & a few House Martins at one point being chased by the wintering Merlin.

Wdigbirder & Andy Phillips ( Cardiff )

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

New Garden Visitor.

A Fox popped in for a brief look under the feeders last night.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Glaucous Gull

The Glaucous Gull was still present off of Pen Anglas this morning,a single Whimbrel flew by,but fairly quite otherwise.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Another spring tick!

Went out onto the breakwater with with old mate Mervin, looking for Tysties. Not successful but this little white  (should be silver) wagtail was my first of the spring! A quick look at Kens pic's  (I think) show a spread legged linnet, a wheatear, a meadow pipit and a chaffinch , fair play Ken you are a superb photographer not a birder. Refreshing that someone is willing to say they are not sure! have to say I am not entirely sure of 1 and 3 but from pic's its not so easy!

Pen Anglas Walk

On a walk to Pen Anglas Sunday morning to shoot Potpoise I had the chance to catch these little beauties in the lens. Perhaps you could ID them for me Adrian as you know my bird ID skills are almost non existant. A Chaffinch and Dunnock me thinks but the others are beyond my knowledge.

( Hi Ken, great pics. Top one's a Female Linnet, the next two a cracking Male Wheatear with his superb Bandit Mask, then a Meadow Pipit In the next two & a Chaffinch at the bottom as you said .)