Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Honey Buzzard

My attention was drawn to a raptor flying over at Llanychaer this afternoon being chased by Herring Gulls. I quickly grabbed my binoculars from indoors it was a Honey Buzzard. It headed off in a South Easterly direction still being pursed by the Gulls.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Poplar Hawkmoth

Two of the four Poplar Hawkmoths from my moth trap last night.
A Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the garden today.

Ferry Trip.

Many Thanks to Laura & Rens for their fantastic work with the Seatrust this year. Culminated by Saturday's Dolphin Day Event. Sometime's Luckily Teams put together just work, no disrespect to previous but best yet I think.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Ferry Trip 24th June.

As reported on Whales In Wales, see Link. A great trip for both Dolphins & Seabirds.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Shearwater Art.

Been a bit tied up recently what with one thing & another. Lovely images Ken, your understanding of the aesthetic goes beyond just capturing the shots. Thanks very much. 

Manx photos

Fantastic photos Ken.

Sheerwater Art

On a cetacean survey this past Sunday aboard the Stena Europe the Sheerwaters were all over and later in the evening on the return trip were heading back towards St Brides bay. Still water on the crossing allowed for some stunning reflective shots as they skimmed along.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Late or early?

This whimbrel may still be heading North or perhaps has failed to find a mate and is on its way back south. Either way it was on the breakwater on Saturday!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Willow Tit

A nice add on for my local list this afternoon a Willow Tit in the garden,the nearest I have seen one to here in recent years is Rosebush.
This morning at Pen Anglas 2 Small pearl boarded Fritillaries,and a singles Bottle nosed Dolphin in the bay,quite bird wise.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Screaming swifts start the day!

An early start on the outer breakwater produced no cetaceans but as I sat searching the sea, I heard swifts screaming above. Six of them were drifting along in the south westerly breeze. I am sure our swift numbers have  noticeably dropped in recent years. I think all in all they are my favorites so it was nice to see and particularly hear them.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

A diver perhaps

Hi Adrian.  Spotted this one quite a way out off the lookout the other day. Much bigger than the razors and gillies around and about but unusual to see a diver this late on "I think" but I may be wrong as you know how much I know about this sort of thing. An ID if you can please.

A 2nd Year Gannet is my best guess. 

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Strumble Head 6th June 2017.

Time: 16.30 - 18.30
Weather: Bright
Wind: W 4/5

Storm Petrel - 3
Bonxie - 2
Puffin - 7

Good numbers of the common species including 1000's of Manxies.

Porpoises present but difficult to see.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Anania Funebris - White Spotted Sable Moth

A tricky thing to get an image of as it wouldn't stay still. On the bank behind the cottage.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Pen Anglas

Off of Pen Anglas this morning around 4 Common Dolphins picked up when I was watching a small group of Manx Shearwaters passing,on the sea ward side of the outer breakwater 8 Bottle nosed Dolphins including a half grown calf. A pair of Barnacle Geese flew over almost certain to be of feral origin.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Strumble Head 27th May 17.

From Andy Phillips ( Cardiff )

06.25 - 10.15

Common Scoter - 7

Risso's Dolphin - 4
Common Dolphin - 6

Good numbers of the regular species seen.

Thanks Andy.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Maesgwynne Moths

Top to Bottom:
Pale Tussock & White Ermine
Pale Shouldered Brocade
Small Square Spot
Brimstone Moth
Scalloped Hazel

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...