Sunday, 23 April 2017

Crossbill

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 .)
Adrian.







Strumble Swallows

There were a few hirundines over and around the gorse just past the cattle grid as we arrived at Strumble this afternoon, but shortly afterwards they were joined by a flock of c200 in off the sea. Mainly swallows but with a few house and sand martins mixed in. They were feeding on the insects on the gorse flowers and over the field, crowding onto the wire fences occasionally and chattering excitedly. A red kite drifted over.

Crossbill

A single Crossbill near to Trecwn today.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Black Guillemot and first Manxies from the Stena Europe.

A single tystie was seen as we headed out of the harbour on our cetacean Survey on Thursday.


I was hoping to see my first Manxie of the year but we actually saw hundreds!
This was one of the first!

Eider

The Eider was still in the harbour this morning seen from the fort,also at the fort a Sedge Warbler was singing.
A single Golden Plover on Dinas Mountain.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Fishguard Harbour 6th April.

A very distant duck which I first thought was a Merganser then flapped it's wings when bothered by a Herring Gull & showed no white. This necessitated a dash home to collect scope & a few minutes later I was watching the first Eider ( Female ) I've seen in the Harbour. As it drifted past a buoy I noticed there was a Sandwich Tern on it & a Red Throated Diver passed by behind shortly after. Eider & Tern pictured, taken with Mobile Phone through Scope.
   

Black Guillemot

The pair of Black Guillemots were in the harbour this morning displaying.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Redwing

A single Redwing in the wood at Llanychaer, a large increase in hirundines around today about fifty birds mostly Sand Matins and Swallows but several House Martins in with them.

Maesgwynne 5th April.

A few Sand martins & my first 2 Swallows of the year over, all in a roughly SW direction. Excitement of a immature Peregrine on a Telegraph Pole lower down the valley turned to concern when it looks like it's prey was one of our Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Hirundines

Late afternoon at Llanychaer 6 Swallows,2 House Martins and 2 Sand Martins,also a flock of 16 Golden Plover flew over quite high.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Fishguard Fort - National Trust Castell

A pair of Canada Geese in the harbour, 12 Sand Martins, and a steady movement of Goldfinches moving in small groups along the coast in excess of 100 birds, also 3 Redpolls and a pr of Reed Buntings in with these birds. There were plenty of Razorbills present at Needle Rock along with several pairs of Fulmars and a single pair of Guillemots.

Caught out....


This rather dull coloured ist winter Turnstone ob the breakwater caught me out as I had only seen it from behind and the white streak down its back was a bit confusing!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Strumble Head (02 Apr 17)

A walk from home to the reedbed at Pwll Arian and back.  A Tree Pipit at the reedbed bushes was singing briefly when I arrived.  Also a Red Kite over and my first Swallows.

Another Red Kite on the sheep carcass from the Tresinwen to Lighthouse road.

Glaucous Gull

A Glaucous Gull (1st winter) was in Fishguard Harbour this morning.
At Pen Anglas several Sand Matins passing through,also a Yellowhammer a rarity at this site these days,small numbers of Willow Warbler,Blackcap and Chiffchaffs also present.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

That Duck

I feel a touch of Mandarin in that bird.

Strumble Head (01 Apr 17)

Plenty of Wheatears around today and a fair few females.

Female Black Redstart on the headland West of Porthsychan with the Wheatears.  The Black Red was frequently doing some subdued singing.

A couple of House Martins over were my first and two Willow Warblers at the top of Porthsychan.  A Blackcap singing in the garden.  A Yellowhammer calling in the garden early morning was later heard singing somewhere behind the garden at lunchtime.

That Duck.

Fantastic pics of the Treecreeper Ken, a very difficult bird to get any pictures of.
The duck is the production of many generations of dubious parentage I would say, but a smart looking bird nonetheless.

What Duck?

A walk around Wythybush woods today and I came across this duck. Any ideas Adrian? Also a Tree Creeper but the light wasn't the best. Later at Strumble my first Swallow but no image.




Friday, 31 March 2017

Spring trickles in...

Yesterday a lone  swallow flew in off the harbour past the Ocean Lab. This morning as I arrived a Willow Warblers pretty little song greeted me. At Strumble later on a little flurry of Sand Martins passed us by, still looking forwards to my first Manxie!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Merlin at Strumble 27/3

A quiet morning birdwise with a few Auks passing and several divers out on the water. Highlight was this passing Merlin.


Monday, 27 March 2017

Sand Martins

A total of 19 Sand Martins passing through at Llanychaer, also a pair of Stock Doves and Kingfishers, plenty of Chiffchaff around in the woods.
A flock of about 50 Golden Plover in a field between here and Puncheston.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Strumble's Wheatears...

It isn't Spring until you have photographed a Wheatear!

Redwings

A group of around 10 Redwing scattered through out the woodland at Coed Cilgelynnen near Llanychaer this afternoon.

Strumble Head (26 Mar 17)

A walk around the headland today finally located the much sought after Wheatears.  5 in total on the sheltered slopes beyond the lighthouse.  (4M, 1F).  Also 2 Sand Martin flew through.  Chough very much in evidence with two pairs and a group of five.  Lots of Stonechats back on territory.  Pics of Wheatears to follow later.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Winter Plumage RTD from Thursday




Outer Breakwater

A stroll along either side this morning with Cliff & visitor from Caerphilly Graham Powell ( A.K.A. Tall Twitcher ) who's down for a couple of days. Not bursting with birds but a single Wheatear & a distant Great Northern Diver backed up with more Rock Pipits than I would normally expect to see there. A single Guillemot in the harbour but no sign of the hoped for Tysties.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Sand Martin

A single Sand Martin at Llanychaer this afternoon.

Strumble Head

A walk around the Lighthouse end found 3 Wheatears ( 1 Male ) but not much more, the Wagtails at Trefeshig turned out to be Pied so fairly quiet really.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Wheatear

A single male Wheatear was at Dinas Mountain this afternoon along with 20 Golden Plover many in summer plumage.

Terns spring up out of the murk!


In among yesterdays blustery showers we popped out onto the outer breakwater in search of porpoises. None were seen but as we were about to leave a little flurry of birds appeared out of the murk. several gulls were accompanies by a couple of terns. I then spotted a gull chasing a very small bird which I soon realised was a little tern. I missed the first flurry with the camera but two more terns flew past into the harbour and I manged to fire off a couple of shots which revealed them to be Sandwich Terns, so two good terns in one!



Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Strumble Head

A cold look around & seawatch, no migrants but from the lookout a single Red Throated Diver & a Risso's Dolphin which looked a pretty big individual.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Camera Trap

A couple of birds captured by the camera this morning before I got up. One of the regular Jays & a Reed Bunting !



Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Tysties

Distantly from the Flagpoles, 2 Summer Plumaged birds feeding together by a large grey coloured buoy. 

Monday, 13 March 2017

Chiffchaff

My first singing Chiffchaff of the year in the woods below the Drim & a calling Nuthatch.

White Magpie

I have not seen it for ages but going through Lower Town this morning the White Magpie was seen about halfway up the hill near the fort. From the fort the only birds of note were two Red throated Divers.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Sand Martins

To carry on with the migrant theme, 11 Sand Martins going North through the valley earlier.

Chiffchaff

My first Chiffchaffs of the year was at Llanychaer today.
Fishguard Harbour 1 Great Northern Diver,1Great Crested Grebe and 8 Teal.
Dinas Mountain 50 Golden Plover

Friday, 10 March 2017

Kites Galore.

Returning from amy daily porpoise watch at Strumble I came accross four Red Kites just up the way towards Tresinwen. The attraction was a sheep carcase in one of the fields near the road.




Thursday, 9 March 2017

Fieldfare

A fairly late Fieldfare has been present around the garden at Llanychaer today, my first butterflies of the year today were a Small Tortoiseshell and a Comma.

Flagpoles 15.00 9th March.

20+ Oystercatchers
3 Redshank
1Curlew
10 Herring Gull
1 Black Headed Gull
1 Very distant Cormorant

Monday, 6 March 2017

Great Northern Divers

After a couple of fantastic weeks birding in Costa Rica seeing over 460 species,back to my local patches with two Great Northern Divers in Fishguard Harbour and 20 Golden Plover on Dinas Mountain.

More Unseen Visitors !

Again caught by the Camera Trap, Jays have been a bit scarce lately.

Later on a walk down the valley was very interesting with a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker calling from the woods below the Drim. Hopefully will get a repeat in the next day or two & even attempt to see it.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Difficult to swallow!

We saw this young cormorant off the green breakwater and at a distance we feared it had some fishing tackle caught in its beak. We were pretty relieved to see it was the tail of a pipe fish, probably by its size, greater pipe fish that the cormorant was having trouble swallowing!






Fishguard & Pwllcrochan - 05 Mar 17

1stW Glaucous Gull paid a brief visit to Lower Town Harbour this morning.

No sign of the Long Tailed Duck on Pwllcrochan pond or in a stormy bay this morning.

Friday, 3 March 2017

A New Toy !

A camera trap, which caught this Wood Mouse feeding under my bird feeders tonight after dark.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Siskins

As I walked down the valley this morning a flock of approx. 20 Siskins over calling, the most I have seen for a few months & a rarity on the feeders here.

Later on at the Flagpoles although a fairly low number of gulls there were still 3 Adult Mediterranean in the group. 

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Not yet at Strumble maybe never but I hope they make it!

Our last full day in Lanzarote, its been hot and sunny but with a strong wind from the north east. I have to say i have not been much of a birder but this evening I had pure gold in the form of a flock of hirundines flying high, north east into the wind which had died down to a breeze. I presume they were migrating and maybe got a bit off course. I was thrilled to see this migration in action, as a boy the thought that the little birds that built their cupped nest under our eaves would fly all the way to South Africa. Now I have seen them half way and maybe just maybe I will see the same ones fly by Strumble in a couple of months! I hope they make it!

Just got this...

I am in Lanzarote where the internet here is not so good I got this today but it was sent yesterday evening. My neighbour Oliver John sent this pic of  a Crane in his field  on tuesday just below the back road from Henner Cross, Goodwick near the turnoff for Rhosycaerau. It was seen Tuesday afternoon but not since so far as I know!




Goodwick (18 Feb 17)

Quick look at the flagpoles this evening - no sign of Glauc but at least 8 Med Gulls.  All adult winter except for one cracking summer plumage bird.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Funny enough!

I have been watching Yellow legged Gulls today,  as well as Turnstones! (in Lanzarote)