Friday, 13 October 2017

Brent at Strumble

Captured this lone Brent Goose passing the lookout yesterday after Adrian had left.



Thursday, 12 October 2017

Strumble Head 12th Oct 2017.

Time: 07.00 - 12.00
Weather: Fine, Overcast
Wind: WSW 3/4

Common Scoter - 37 ( 30 Males )
Red Throated Diver - 1
Great Northern Diver - 2
Manx Shearwater - 6
Grey Phalarope - 1
Arctic Skua - 2 ( Dark Phase )
Bonxie - 1
Little Gull - 1 ( 2nd Summer )

Porpoises showing occasionally

Common Dolphin - 85 ( Pods of 15, 60 & 10 )
Sunfish - 1 

All the early stuff from Richard Davies.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Strumble Head 7th Oct 2017.

Time: 07.00 - 10.00
Wind: WSW 5/6

Common Scoter - 3
Bonxie - 2

Risso's Dolphin - 6 ( Including one calf )


Many Thanks to Richard Davies for the information.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Strumble Head 5th Oct 2017.

Time: 07.15 - 12.00
Weather: Generally Bright with Good Visibility
Wind: NNW 4/5

Common Scoter - 87 ( 78 Males )
Red Throated Diver - 2
Leach's Petrel - 6
Golden Plover - 6
Pomarine Skua - 4 ( All Pale Adults )
Arctic Skua - 16 ( 4 Pale, 10 Dark, 2 Juvs )
Long Tailed Skua - 3 ( All Juvs )
Bonxie - 13 
Sandwich Tern - 13
Arctic Tern - 1

Risso's Dolphin - 2 ( Possibly more )

Porpoise showing on & off.

Many Observers.

Extra's After 12 Noon.

Pomarine Skua - 1 ( Juv )
Bonxie - 2

Many Thanks to Alex Bevan ( Cardiff )



Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Strumble Head 3rd Oct 2017.

Time: 07.00 - 11.00
Weather: Bright
Wind: NW 5

Brent Goose - 3 ( Pale Bellied )
Common Scoter - 83 ( 68 Males )
Great Northern Diver - 1
Leach's Petrel - 2
Grey Phalarope - 1
Pomarine Skua - 2 ( Both Juvs )
Arctic Skua - 17 ( 5 Pale, 12 Dark )
Bonxie - 8
Sandwich Tern - 4
Commic Tern - 1

Porpoises showing occasionally.

Many Thanks to Richard Davies for the early stuff.



Strumble Head 2nd Oct 2017.

Time: 07.00 - 13.00
Wind: W 6/7

Common Scoter - 26 ( 23 Males )
Red Throated Diver - 1
Great Northern Diver - 1
Pomarine Skua - 2 ( 1 Pale, 1 Juv )
Arctic Skua - 4 ( 1 Pale, 3 Juv )
Bonxie - 10
Sandwich Tern - 14
Commic Tern - 2

Many Thanks to Richard Davies & Chris Grayell for the information.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Tresinwen (30 Sep 17)

Spotted Flycatcher, Coal Tit, a few Chiffchaffs and Goldcrest in the garden today.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Late Bottles at Fishguard yesterday!

Although it was pretty wild and windy out on the breakwater, some gannets were visible across the bay beneath the Caravan Park. I squinted through my bins trying to see in the glare of sun on the scattering waves. Eventually I made our what seemed to be three or four bottlenose dolphins making their way out towards Pwllgweaelod.
With Kens Commons and Porpoises, it was nice to have recorded three different cetacean species from the shore in one day within five miles of each other!



Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Sea Trust Pelagic Survey 26/09/2017

A trip out to the deeps off SW Pembs on a Pelagic survey on board the Cartlet Lady gave us many Common Dolphin sightings but we also keep an eye out for our feathered friends too. A quiet sky overall with the usual Gannets and lots af Auks. Several sightings of Bonxies although most were distant but one did come close enough for a shot. The other was a late season Manxie spotted among some feeding Kittywakes which I managed to capture taking off as the boat approached.





Monday, 25 September 2017

Pen Anglas

A bird flew in from high up and landed after circling a few times, I strongly suspect was an Ortolan Bunting by call ,build and flight. It landed near to the point at Pen Anglas in the grass and heather I searched for it but was unable to relocate it.
Fairly quite otherwise except for 4 Sandwich Terns fishing just off shore.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Strumble Head (22 & 23 Sep 17)

Tawny Owl sat on the road just before Carreg Lwyd last night was a bit unusual.

Loads of Goldcrest around today.

Wheatear Bathtime

After the ferocity of the peregrine something a little calmer at the lookout as a wheatear takes a bath in a water filled rock hollow closely watched by the resident rock pippit.








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

Goshawk

A Goshawk flew over at Llanychaer this afternoon.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Crossbills

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.

Fishguard Harbour Green Breakwater, Thursday, Friday...

We spotted at least four Grey Phalaorope feeding on a scum line a hundred metres or so off the green Breakwater on Friday afternoon  (see below) as we were setting up for our Macmillan Coffee morning for the following day.


Images: Stevo Lucas.



On Saturday it was blowing a hooley and we spotted a Leaches Petrel dancing along followed by a couple of much more fluttery stormies. Several Sandwich Terns were feeding close in with a Little Tern. our Coffee morning guests were also treated to a couple more Grey Phalaropes.
Sadly the spray made photography impossible without risking my camera which was a bit of a pain!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Strumble Head 14th Sept 2017.

Time: 06.15 - 16.00
Wind: N / NNW 6+

Gadwall - 2
Common Scoter - 180 ( 166 Males )
Red Throated Diver - 1
Sooty Shearwater - 2
Leach's Petrel - 32
Golden Plover - 2
Dunlin - 23
Turnstone - 2
Pomarine Skua - 1 ( Juv )
Arctic Skua - 35 ( 9 Pale , 26 dark )
Long Tailed Skua - 1 ( Juv )
Bonxie - 24
Sabines Gull - 4 ( 1 Ad, 3 Juv )
Little Gull - 2 ( Juv )
Sandwich Tern - 67
Commic Tern - 55

Many Thanks to John Faithfull & Peter Murray ( Via Richard Davies ) for the information. Pic of Bonxie feeding on auk just off lookout by Richard Burns.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Early Strumble 13 sept 2017.

Time: 06.00 - 10.30 ish

Common Scoter - 14 ( 11 Males )
Storm Petrel - 1
Arctic Skua - 7 ( 3 Pale , 4 dark )
Long Tailed Skua - 1 ( Juv )
Bonxie - 7
Sandwich Tern - 2
Commic Tern - 10

Common Dolphin - 40
Risso's Dolphin - 4

Many Thanks to Richard Davies ( Ammanford ) for the information. 

More Sabines

A short watch between 5-6 pm produced 2 juv Sabines Gulls, 2 Great  Skuas, a dark phase Arctic Skua,,in excess of 20 Sandwich Tern and 3 Commic Terns.

Bits and pieces from Fishguard Harbour and Strumble






Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Strumble Head 12th Sept 2017.

Time: 06.00 - 13.00
Wind: W 4/5

Common Scoter - 85 ( 74 Males )
Balearic Shearwater - 1
Leach's Petrel - 1
Grey Heron - 1
Pomarine Skua - 1 ( Dark )
Arctic Skua - 11 ( 2 Pale, 9 dark )
Long Tailed Skua - 1 ( Juv )
Bonxie - 19
Sabines Gull - 1 ( Juv )
Mediterranean Gull - 2 ( Juvs )
Little Tern - 1
Common Tern - 1

Common Dolphin - 40
Sunfish - 1

Many Thanks to Chris Grayell & John Faithfull for the information.


Monday, 11 September 2017

Strumble Head 11th Sept 2017.

Time: 06.15 - 17.30
Weather: Generally Overcast
Wind: NW 7

Common Scoter - 17
Sooty Shearwater - 5
Balearic Shearwater - 3
Storm Petrel - 3
Leach's Petrel - 5
Bar Tailed Godwit - 6
Grey Phalarope - 2
Arctic Skua - 55 ( 11 Pale, 42 Dark, 2 Juv )
Long Tailed Skua - 3 ( All Juvs )
Bonxie - 58
Sabines Gull - 15 ( 4 Adult, 11 Juvs )
Little Gull - 1
Sandwich Tern - 23
Little Tern - 2
Common Tern - 11
Arctic Tern - 1

Sunfish - 3

Another special day at Strumble, again with visitors from far & wide. Many Thanks to Richard Davies ( Ammanford ) & Peter Murray ( Maesteg ) for the collation of todays numbers.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Afternoon Shift 10th Sept 17.

Time: 14.30 - 18.00

Common Scoter - 10 ( 6 Males )
Whimbrel - 2
Arctic Skua - 1 ( Dark )
Bonxie - 8
Sandwich Tern - 4
Commic Tern - 8

Thanks to Brian Southern for the information.

Strumble Head (10 Sep 17)

Time: 0615 - 1200
Weather: Showers
Wind: SW (F7)
Notes: Quieter day than yesterday as expected but still a few Sabs around.

Great Skua - 9
Arctic Skua - 2 (D)
Sabine's Gull - 5 (1 AdSum, 4 Juv)
Mediterranean Gull - 1 (1stW)
Sandwich Tern - 16
Comic Tern - 6
Common Scoter - 111 (22F, 89M)
Bar Tailed Godwit - 8
Knot - 2
Dunlin - 7

Common Porpoise - Showing well with a few jumping clear
Common Dolphin - one pod of around 5 animals

Afternoon Shift Saturday 9th Sept 17

Time: 11.00 - 17.30

Common Scoter - 19
Red Throated Diver - 1
Leach's Petrel - 50
Ringed Plover - 3
Dunlin - 26
Arctic Skua - 4
Long Tailed Skua - 1
Bonxie - 11
Sabines Gull - 3
Sandwich Tern - 19
Commic Tern - 9

Many Thanks to Simon & Peter Murray ( Maesteg )

That will teach me a lesson about leaving early !

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Strumble Head (09 Sep 17)

Time: 0615 - 1000
Weather: Sunny spells
Wind: NW (F7)
Notes: Very productive short session before pond digging duties dragged me away

Sooty Shearwater - 3
Balearic Shearwater - 2
Leach's Petrel - 8
Long Tailed Skua - 2 (Juv & Sub Ad)
Great Skua - 9
Arctic Skua - 12 (8D, 4P)
Sabine's Gull - 8 (2 AdSum, 6 Juv)
Mediterranean Gull - 1 (1stW)
Sandwich Tern - 13
Comic Tern - 2
Common Scoter - 19 (1F, 18M)
Teal - 1
Whimbrel - 9
Bar Tailed Godwit - 1
Knot - 1
Dunlin - 2

Common Porpoise - Showing occasionally

More to follow from Adrian.....

Additions 10.00 - 11.00

Pomarine Skua - 1 ( Pale Adult )
Arctic Skua - 1 ( Dark )
Great Skua - 1
Sabines Gull - 1 ( Adult with dark hood )
Sandwich Tern - 7

Common Dolphin - Approx 12 / 15 animals in a single pod with at least 2 smaller individuals.

Hopefully more to come from Peter & Simon Murray & Graham Powell who were still there. 

Friday, 8 September 2017

Pen Anglas

A walk round Pen Anglas this afternoon produced very little in the way of land migrants but off shore a single light phased Arctic Skua and 19 Sandwich Terns.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Strumble Head 07/09/2017

Quite a few gannets passing through and a few small groups of Scoter. Spotted this one close in but not sure as to it's ID. Possibly some type of Sheerwater or Skua. Can you ID for me please Adrian.

Pale Phase Arctic Skua Ken & a very nice one at that !
Thanks Adrian




Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Newport Bar Head

A quick trip to Newport Iron Bridge this afternoon when the weather cleared saw us looking at around 300 Canada geese. In amongst them all and close to the bridge was a Bar Headed Goose. Also included some other images that took my eye.

He didn't like having his nap disturbed





Sunday, 3 September 2017

Strumble Head (03 Sep 17)

Time: 0600 - 1400
Weather: Showers, sunny spells.
Wind: SSE (F7-8)
Notes: Not as wet as they forecast.  Manxies in their element today.  Lots of Kittiwake flocks feeding into the wind moving head on into range all day.  A few terns with them but not as many as I had hoped - and no joy looking for Sabs with them.

Balearic Shearwater - 2
Arctic Skua - 3 (P, D, J)
Great Skua - 2
Sandwich Tern - 1
Comic Tern - 16
Common Scoter - 34 (5F, 29M)
Whimbrel  - 1

Common Porpoise - Showing well at times in choppy seas.
Common Dolphin - Small pod of about 5 animals seen early on.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Strumble Head (02 Sep 17)

Time: 0600 - 1400
Weather: Sunny
Wind: S (F3-4)
Notes: Struggled to find a Dolphin yesterday.  Today falling over them all over the place.  Being greedy today with two Sabs and a Sooty on top.

Sooty Shearwater - 1
Balearic Shearwater - 3
Arctic Skua - 3 (2P, 1D)
Great Skua - 1
Sabine's Gull - 2 (Juv)
Sandwich Tern - 2
Comic Tern - 7
Black Tern - 1
Common Scoter - 101 (26F, 75M)
Teal - 1
Curlew - 1

Common Porpoise - Lots and showing very well.
Common Dolphin - Lots of animals - maybe up to about 100 in total

Friday, 1 September 2017

Strumble Head (01 Sep 17)

Time: 0600 - 1400
Weather: Sunny
Wind: NNE (F2) then NW (F3-4)
Notes: Only one thing is certain with sea-watching... and that is that every day is different!  Struggled today to find any Dolphins.  Green Sand was nice - one of only a handful I have seen off here.  The biggest sighting of the day was water... a huge splash about 4-5 miles out towards the Westward horizon.  Didn't see what made it but from experience it must have been a breaching Basking Shark or Whale.  I watched the area for a while but it did not do a repeat performance.  One that got away.

Balearic Shearwater - 1
Arctic Skua - 4 (1P, 3D)
Great Skua - 1
Sabine's Gull - 1 (Ad Sum)
Mediterranean Gull - 2 (1stW)
Sandwich Tern - 14
Comic Tern - 1
Common Scoter - 123 (29F, 94M)
Tufted Duck - 5
Green Sandpiper - 1
Grey Heron - 1

Common Porpoise - showing only occasionally
Common Dolphin - only one pod of 5 animals

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Strumble Head (31 Aug 17)

Time: 0600 - 1400
Weather: Sunny
Wind: NW (F3)
Notes: More of the same today.  Lots of feeding flocks and dolphins dotted around.  First Diver of the season.

Balearic Shearwater - 3
Arctic Skua - 13 (9D, 1P, 3J)
Sabine's Gull - 1 (Ad Sum)
Mediterranean Gull - 2 (1stW)
Sandwich Tern - 23
Comic Tern - 17
Little Tern - 1
Black Tern - 1
Red Throated Diver - 1 (Sum Plum)
Common Scoter - 187 (38F, 149M)
Curlew - 1
Redshank - 5
Knot - 30
Sanderling - 13
Turnstone - 6
Dunlin - 1

Common Porpoise - showing well
Common Dolphin - Lots of small groups dotted around - especially in the tide race
Sunfish - 1

Strumble Hobby

Forgive the shots from the rear as I had barely a second to turn and get on it as Cliff spotted it passing.



Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Strumble Head (30 Aug 17)

Time: 0600 - 0830
Weather: Cloudy, bright.
Wind: NW (F3)
Notes: Short shift before work today.  Very enjoyable with plenty of action.  Absolutely stonking summer plumage Sabs at close range.

Sooty Shearwater - 2
Pomarine Skua - 1 (P)
Arctic Skua - 6 (2P, 2D, 2J)
Great Skua - 1
Sabine's Gull - 1 (Ad Sum)
Mediterranean Gull - 1 (1stW)
Comic Tern - 14
Common Scoter - 29 (1F, 28M)
Whimbrel - 31
Bar Tailed Godwit  - 1
Dunlin - 5

Common Porpoise - Showing well.
Common Dolphin - Pods of 5, 25 and 30

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Pics of Sunday's WWBT - Thanks to David Flack

David Flack has kindly sent me the following three pics of the WWBT.

Full credit to David for firstly having his camera (I didn't!) and secondly getting pics of the bird given the calm conditions - nothing for autofocus to lock onto.




Strumble Head (29 Aug 17)

Time: 0600 - 1400
Weather: Drizzle early then bright and cloudy
Wind: NNW (F4-3)
Notes: Slow start but then a nice passage of skuas, a few tubenoses at last and still dolphins and bait ball feeding flocks about.

Sooty Shearwater - 2
Balearic Shearwater - 4
Arctic Skua - 20 (8D, 12P)
Great Skua - 5
Mediterranean Gull - 3 (1 Ad, 2 1stW)
Sandwich Tern - 20
Comic Tern - 28
Common Scoter - 56 (18F, 38M)
Whimbrel - 1

Common Porpoise - showing well
Common Dolphin - small pods scattered along the tide race seemed to be feeding rather than playing about.
Sunfish - 2

Monday, 28 August 2017

A previous W-wBT

Just to confirm Cliff's memory, together on 1st August 1999 we saw a passing White-winged Black Tern when the sea was calm like a mirror. History has a way of repeating itself at Valhala, sorry Strumble.

Strumble Head (28 Aug 17)

Time: 0600 - 1400
Weather: Cloudy, bright.
Wind: SW (F3-45)
Notes: The wind is back!  ...and with it the birds have gone!  Hard work today with long periods of nothing.  Still a few bait ball feeding flocks dotted around.

Balearic Shearwater - 2
Arctic Skua - 11 (4J, 7D)
Great Skua - 1
Sandwich Tern - 9
Comic Tern - 4
Little Tern - 1
Common Scoter - 88 (15F, 73M)
Tufted Duck - 2
Curlew - 2
Whimbrel - 1
Turnstone - 1
Snipe - 1

Common Porpoise - Showing reasonably well
Common Dolphin - not as many as previous days but pods of 5, 5, 5, 10 and 10 counted.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Different Day out in the Celtic Deep.

I was interested and delighted to read Richard Stonier's account of his day at Strumble as we were out in the Celtic Deep between thirty and sixty miles away from Strumble. We also had lots of Common Dolphins (getting on for about a thousand during our 100 nautical mile voyage so in a way Strumble beat us on dolphins per mile!)   
However what struck me, was the lack of anything other then the kind of bread and butter sea birds one might expect out there at this time of the year, such as Gannets, Manxies and Auks.  Around a dozen European Storm Petrels were encountered and I did check them as far as possible but sadly none of Rich's  Scilly Wilson's had migrated this far north.so far as I could see! I would usually expect the odd sooty out there and maybe the odd Bonxie with a good chance of terns or other skuas but nothing, zilch! I did spot a small looking tern as we motored into the haven but  by then I was a bit knackered and did not give it the attention I perhaps should have! Interestingly If i remember right our GHR's WWBT was similarity spotted on a pretty windless day!

Strumble Head (27 Aug 17)

Time: 0600 - 1400
Weather: Cloudy, bright.
Wind: AM - Calm.  PM - SW (F1)
Notes: I should re-draft the "best conditions for Strumble guidelines - Strong SW followed by Strong NW => No wind at all."  Another very enjoyable watch with lots of birds and dolphins on view for the whole watch.  Lots of bait balls so obviously lots of food out there.  Highlight of course was the moulting summer plumage WWBT.

White Winged Black Tern - 1 (Moulting adult summer).  (0800 - 0930). 

Three visiting birders joined me shortly before 8am.  Just after 8am one of them said he had "something a bit different close in".  As I was looking for it he said "I think it is a Black Tern".  I got onto it shortly after and said - yes well done... but almost immediately the alarm bells started to go off:  White tail / lower rump, back darker than upper wings "saddle effect" and then it showed the under side - clincher - moulting black under wing coverts.  I grabbed my Collins Bird Guide to double check my suspicions and then declared to the three birders that it was a WWBT not a Black Tern.

It was feeding only about 100yards offshore just right of "1230" in typical marsh tern habit.  Over the next 1.5 hours it fed just in front of us in between 10-15min rests on one of the bouys - often precariously - seemed to struggle to keep balance.  At about 0930 we got distracted by a Skua and lost track of the Tern.  We suspect it may have gone into the bay.

One of the birders got some photos and I have asked him to email them to me - I will post up here when I hopefully receive them - possibly Tuesday when they get home.

Arctic Skua - 7 (3J, 3D, 1P)
Great Skua - 1
Sabine's Gull - 1 (Juv)
Mediterranean Gull - 2 (1stW)
Sandwich Tern - 12
Comic Tern - 14
Black Tern - 1
Common Scoter - 221 (46F, 175M)
Teal - 3
Pintail - 2
Curlew - 2
Whimbrel - 1
Redshank - 3
Dunlin - 21

Common Porpoise - Lots across the whole vista and for the whole watch.
Common Dolphin - Again lots of animals.  I did some early pod counts of 15, 15, 20, 25 and 30 but gave up as we were seeing them on every scan.  Maybe 100-200 animals in total.
Sunfish - 2

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Strumble Head (26 Aug 17)

Time: 0600 - 1400
Weather: Sunny
Wind: Calm
Notes: A much better day than expected given no wind!  Sea was like a glass sheet and there were feeding birds across the whole vista.  Excellent visibility.  Common Dolphins probably under estimated and were ever present.

Long Tailed Skua - 1 (Ad Sum with complete tail streamers.  Passed through inside of tide race - superb!)
Pomarine Skua - 2 (Juv)
Arctic Skua - 17 (13P, 4D)
Great Skua - 2
Mediterranean Gull - 1 (1stW)
Sandwich Tern - 20
Comic Tern - 8
Black Tern - 1
Little Tern - 1
Common Scoter - 158 (61F, 97M)
Teal - 13
Whimbrel - 1
Dunlin - 11
Snipe - 1

Common Porpoise - showing very well
Common Dolphin - conservative estimates of pods of 5, 10, 20, 20 and 50+.  The largest pod of 50+ had lots of very young individuals and one adult with no dorsal fin so very distinctive!

Friday, 25 August 2017

Strumble Head 25th August 2017.

Time: 07.45 - 10.30
Weather: Bright, some cloud
Wind: SW2

Common Scoter - 38 ( 34 Males )
Grey Heron - 1
Whimbrel - 1
Arctic Skua - 7 ( 1 Pale, 3 Dark, 3 Juv )

Common Dolphin - A small pod of about 5 seen twice.

Porpoises showing quite well. 

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Strumble Head 19th August 2017.

Time: 06.00 - 15.00
Weather: Some cloud but generally bright
Wind: WSW 5/6

Common Scoter - 58 ( 38 Males )
Sooty Shearwater - 1
Balearic Shearwater - 2
Storm Petrel - 8 ( Probably a few more )
Ringed plover - 19
Dunlin - 3
Whimbrel - 5
Redshank - 3
Turnstone - 3
Grey Phalarope - 2
Pomarine Skua - 2 ( Pale Adult & Juv )
Arctic Skua - 8 ( 3 Pale Adult, 5 Dark Adult )
Long Tailed Skua - 1 ( Juvenile )
Bonxie - 10
Sabines Gull - 1 (Full Slate Hooded Adult )
Sandwich Tern - 12
Little Tern - 2
'Commic Tern' - 1
Puffin - 1

Common Dolphin - 12+
Porpoises showing occasionally
Ocean Sunfish - 4

Up to 10 present, with 2 having come from Liverpool for the day !


Friday, 18 August 2017

Strumble Head 18th August 2017.

Time: 05.45 - 14.15
Wind: W4 then SW 5/6

Common Scoter - 20 ( 17 Males )
Sooty Shearwater - 1
Balearic Shearwater - 5
Sanderling - 18
Dunlin - 56
Whimbrel - 9
Grey Phalarope - 1
Pomarine Skua - 1 ( Juv )
Arctic Skua - 7 ( 1 Pale, 6 Dark )
Bonxie - 5
Mediterranean Gull - 2 ( Both Adult )
Sandwich Tern - 3
Commic Tern - 12
Black Tern - 1
Puffin - 4

Risso's Dolphin - 7 ( Including 1 calf )

Chris Grayell





Sunday, 13 August 2017

Strumble Head 13th August 2017.

05.45 - 12.45
Wind: very Light W until 10 Then S

Wigeon - 1
Common Scoter - 101 ( 73 Males )
Dunlin - 17
Whimbrel - 5
Turnstone - 1
Arctic Skua - 6 ( 2 Pale, 4 Dark )
Bonxie - 1
Sandwich Tern - 8
Common Tern - 2
Puffin - 1

Common Dolphin - 100+

Chris Grayell 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Strumble Head Early Evening Shift 12th Aug 2017

Time: 16.00 - 18.00
Weather: Sunny
Wind: W 3

Common Scoter - 59 ( 53 Males )
Black Tailed Godwit - 8

Common Dolphin - 2
Porpoises showing occasionally

Wdigbirder & Graham Powell ( AKA Tall Twitcher ! )

Strumble Bonxie

Following on from Chis's report here's some images of the Bonxie that he recorded this morning. First one I've seen an quite a while. Autumn is coming!!!




Strumble Head 12th August 2017.

Time: 05.45 - 12.45
Wind: W 3/4

Common Scoter - 75 ( 51 Males )
Balearic Shearwater - 2
Grey Heron - 1
Whimbrel - 14
Arctic Skua - 2 ( Both Pale )
Bonxie - 1
Mediterranean Gull - 1 ( Juv )
Sandwich Tern - 4

Common Dolphin - 20/25 

Chris Grayell

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Strumble Head (06 Aug 17)

Time: 0515 - 0900
Weather: Sunny spells.
Wind: SW (F4)

Storm Petrel - 2
Arctic Skua - 1 (D)
Great Skua - 1
Mediterranean Gull - 2 (AdW, AdS)
Sandwich Tern - 3
Common Scoter - 151 (64F, 87M)
Whimbrel - 1
Dunlin - 13

Common Dolphin - 2 pods of 5 and 15
Common Porpoise - showing quite well.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Strumble Head (05 Aug 17)

Time: 0515 - 0900
Weather: Sunny spells.
Wind: NW (F3)

Common Scoter - 459 (136F, 323M)
Mediterranean Gull - 2 (1stW, AdW)
Sandwich Tern - 2
Curlew - 1
Whimbrel - 1
Common Sandpiper - 1

Common Dolphin - c.15
Common Porpoise - showing occasionally

Friday, 4 August 2017

Gadwall

8 Gadwall on the pond at Llanychaer this evening before taking off and heading up the valley.

Strumble Head 4th August 2017.

Time: 06.00 - 09.30
Weather; Bright, Sunny
Wind: WSW 3

Gadwall - 2 ( The first since 2012 )
Shoveler - 1
Common Scoter - 262 ( 244 Males )
Dunlin - 2
Curlew - 2
Arctic Skua - 4 ( All Pale )
Sandwich tern - 2
Puffin - 3

Common Dolphin - A pod of approx. 12 to 15 animals east to west about half way out.
Porpoises showing occasionally.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Strumble Head 3rd August 2017 ( 2 Watches )

Time: 05.45 - 12.45
Wind: SW ( Howler )

Common Scoter - 14 ( 9 males )
Balearic Shearwater - 1
Storm Petrel - 1
Puffin - 1

( Chris Grayell )

Time; 16.30 - 18.00
Weather: Bright, clouding up towards end
Wind: SW 5/6

Common Scoter - 1 ( M )
Storm Petrel - 7
Puffin - 1

Porpoises showing well considering the sea conditions.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Strumble Head 1st August 2017.

Time: 16.00 - 18.00
Weather: Bright, some cloud.
Wind: SW3

Common Scoter - 13 ( 11 males )
Dunlin - 6
Sandwich Tern - 2
Puffin - 1

Porpoises showing all through the watch.

Manxies numerous & a large number of Guillemots with young on sea.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Whimbrel on the move1

This flock of 20 Whimbrel came into the breakwater today saw us and then moved off towards Dinas!