Monday, 11 December 2017

While wdigbirders away....

No not a blocker but the snow and ice elsewhere have brought loads of winter thrushes our way on the coastal pastures! Not great images as very distant in poor light from car in sleet!




Blackcap

A male Blackcap in the garden and a Woodcock in woods at Llanychaer.
A ringtail Hen Harrier near Puncheston also a single Crossbill.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Recent sightings

A Firecrest and Woodcock in the woods at Llanychaer this morning.
Yesterday at Cwm yr Eglwys a female Black Redstart and a Goshawk.
On 4th Dec a male Hen Harrier between Llanychaer and Puncheston.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

An interesting half hour at Strumble.

Mst of the Autumn seabird  migration has passed through by now so with strong WNW winds after southerly's we were not going to get in November what would be there in September or October. However there was a movement of Kittiwakes from odd ones and twos to flocks of twenty plus.
Maybe not enough to excite but when I began to look at the Kittiwakes more closely it was interesting to see the fact that there were very few juveniles probably only one in twenty. Two Bonxies passed by together spotted by Ken adding a higher note!

Strumble Head 23rd Nov 2017.

Time: 10.30 - 12.30
Weather: Bright
Wind:W 6/7

Common Scoter - 2 ( Males )
Bonxie - 1

Risso's Dolphin - 1

Hundreds of Kittiwakes & Auks & a few Fulmar.

Additions after I left from ken Barnett.

Common Scoter - 4
Bonxie - 5





Monday, 20 November 2017

Snow Buntings

Still two Snow Buntings on breakwater yesterday afternoon.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Garden

A Chiffchaff and a female Blackcap in the garden at Llanychaer today.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Firecrest

One with two other crests that I didn't see well enough in the scrub by the cottage a few minutes ago. Light & positioning didn't make for a very successful pic but I posted it anyway.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Dinas Mountain

This morning 30 Golden Plover,a single Woodcock,6 Fieldfare and a Chough.
At Fishguard Fort a single Brambling in a small group of fly over Chaffinchs.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Snow Buntings and Black Redstart

After Cliffs observation yesterday Adrian and I walked along the Outer Breakwater this afternoon,
 two Snow Buntings and a immature male Black Redstart were present. Thanks to Cliff for the information.


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Breakwater Buntings..

Two snow buntings were briefly glimpsed as I drove along the breakwater this afternoon , but flipped over the wall.before I could stop and shoot them (photographically!)

Maesgwynne 15th Nov.

Been trying for weeks to get a pic of this ringed Dunnock we've had coming to the garden. Almost certainly from the Goodwick Moor ringing efforts of Karen RM.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Strumble Head 13th Nov 2017.

Time: 08.15 - 10.30
Wind: N 2/3

Common Scoter - 98 ( 91 Male )
Eider - 1 ( F )
Red Throated Diver - 2
Great Northern Diver - 3
Curlew - 1
Sabine's Gull - 1

Many Thanks again to Andy Phillips from Cardiff.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Strumble Head 12th Nov 2017.

Time: 07.30 - 11.15
Wind: NW 6 Then N 7

Brent Goose - 7
Common Scoter - 103 ( 50 Males )
GREAT SHEARWATER - 1 ( Strumble's latest ever record, Subject to Acceptance WRP )
Manx Shearwater - 1
Sabines Gull - 4
Little Gull - 1

Porpoises showing
Bottlenose Dolphin - 1

Many Thanks to Andy Phillips ( Cardiff ) for the report.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Breakwater birds.

Wdig birder and the Walrus explored the breakwater looking for the elusive Purple Sandpiper. I bet him a pound given the high tide and northerly wind creating spray that we would not find any. I lost my pound!



Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Strumble 08/11/2017

A peregrine came in off the sea  and settled on the headland some 300mtrs away and then ten minutes later flew off back over the sea at which point I lost sight of it. The gulls were having a good day pinching octopus off the young seals. One diver sopotted flying past west to east.







Monday, 6 November 2017

Here they come and there they go!

Four weeks ago Swallows were still very much in evidence passing over the Ocean Lab coming in off the sea. Odd Wheatears were flitting around the breakwater with dozens of Pied Wagtails. Starling flocks began to build. A couple of weeks ago the winter thrushes started arriving including it seemed Mistle Thrushes with a gang of half a dozen mixed up with Redwings and a few Fieldfares  on the wires and horse fields on the way into Strumble.  Flocks of Chaffinches following the coast with pipits and Skylarks calling overhead at Strumble. The piping little calls of Goldcrests  extremely noticeable. This morning, several large flocks of Wood Pigeons amounting to maybe a couple of thousand passing on southwards.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Strumble Head 5th Nov 2017.

Time: 07.00 - 12.00
Weather: clear, No Rain.
Wind: NW 8

Brent goose - 11 ( Pale Bellied )
Common Scoter - 65 ( 53 Males )
Red Throated Diver - 1
Great northern Diver - 3
Manx Shearwater - 2
Leach's Petrel - 2
Bonxie - 9
Mediterranean Gull - 2 ( Ad )

Risso's Dolphin - 2 ( Mother & Calf very close )
Porpoises - Only 3 the whole watch

Kittiwakes numbers picking up with 5000 passed & 100 Gannets.

Many Thanks to Richard Davies ( Ammanford ) for singly braving the conditions today.



Thursday, 2 November 2017

Kestrel flypast

A male Kestrel passing the lookout at Strumble yesterday afternoon.



Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Around & About.

In the Fishguard area small flocks of Chaffinch in off at Strumble Head & a few Thrush species about. Large numbers of Woodpigeon moving.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Tresinwen (28 Oct 17)

Lots of Redwings and Fieldfares moving over the garden today.  Two Coal Tits around the garden along with one or two Siskin.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Strumble 27/10/2017

A quiet morning with a NE wind, moderate to start then dropping away to light. Several strings of Scoter passing east to west otherwise fairly quiet except for two divers one of which I managed to capture. There were 3-400 gulls flock feeding off to the NE which were disturbed at one point by an Arctic Skua doing it's best to down a small gull. It failed and was seen off by larger gulls. Closer to shore a few Choughs passed by and a passing Merlin put in an appearance.




Thursday, 26 October 2017

Stormy weather...


These Brent geese arrived in Fishguard Harbour after Storm Brian 




along with some wigeon 

 Next day at Strumble the Strumblers gather... 



Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Strumble 25/10/2017

Very quiet again today with very little action in the water but above the waves there was a bit going on. This Heron was seen off and forced inland by a band of gulls very put out by it's presence. A Skua at at a distance I think a Pom was the only other sea bird of note and I couldn't resist a shot of the little feller on the barbed wire alongside the car park. A couple of Choughs also passed by a few times and a large flock of Starlings spun over the lookout before settling in the field behind the car park.







Monday, 23 October 2017

Strumble Head 23rd Oct 2017.

Time: 07.45 - 13.00
Weather: rain & Mist with some clear spells
Wind: SSW 3/4

Brent Goose - 1 ( PB )
Wigeon - 51
Pintail - 1
Teal - 2
Common Scoter - 448 ( 310 Males )
Long Tailed Duck - 1
Red Throated diver - 1
Manx shearwater - 3
Arctic Skua - 1
Bonxie - 2
Mediterranean Gull - 1 ( Ad )
Sandwich Tern - 3
Commic Teren - 1

Common Dolphin - 8
Risso's Dolphin - 5 possibly 6

Many Thanks to Chris Grayell for the information. 

 

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Strumble Head 22nd Oct 2017.

Time: 07.30 - 16.00
Weather: Mostly Cloudy with some Showers
Wind: WNW 6/7

Brent Goose - 20 ( Pale Bellied )
Common Scoter - 44 ( 41 Males )
Red Throated Diver - 2
Black Throated Diver - 1
Great Northern Diver - 5
Storm Petrel - 5
Leach's Petrel - 5 ( One of which was not seen until taken by a Peregrine )
Golden Plover - 1
Pomarine Skua - 10 ( 9 Pale Adults, some with spoons. Sgl Dark Adult with spoons )
Arctic Skua - 31 ( 24 Pale, 6 Dark, 1 Juv )
Bonxie - 30
Sabine's Gull - 2 ( 1 Ad, 1 Juv )
Little Gull - 5 ( All 1st w )
Sandwich Tern - 1
Little Tern - 1
Arctic Tern - 1
Black Guillemot - 1 ( Winter Plumage )

Risso's Dolphin - 1
Porpoises showing occasionally in rough seas

The extremely chilly Lookout well attended today & paid dividends.



Bonxie

A single Bonxie off shore at Pen Anglas this morning,large numbers of Kittiwakes passing.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Strumble Head 20th Oct 2017.

Time: 07.00 - 11.30
Wind: NW 6

Wigeon - 4
Common Scoter - 127 ( 113 M )
Manx Shearwater - 7
Pomarine Skua - 1 Pale
Arctic Skua - 1 Dark
Bonxie - 1
Mediterranean Gull - 10 ( 9 Ad, 1 1w )

Many Thanks to Richard Davies for the information. 

Strumble Head Tuesday 17th Oct 2017.

Sorry for belated report been away !

Time: 07.00 - 1345
Weather: Clear
Wind: W 6 / SW 4

Wigeon - 1 ( M )
Common Scoter - 48 ( 37 M )
Great Northern diver - 2
Sooty Shearwater - 1
Balearic Shearwater - 1
Manx Shearwater - 25
Bar Tailed Godwit - 4
Pomarine Skua - 6 ( 2 Pale one with spoons, 1 Dark, 3 Juv )
Arctic Skua - 14 ( 9 Pale, 5 Dark _
Long Tailed Skua - 6 ( All Juvs )
Bonxie - 24
Little Gull - 4 ( 3 2w, 1 1w )
Mediterranean Gull - 3 ( 1 Ad, 2 1w )
Sandwich Tern - 6
Arctic Tern - 2
Commic Tern - 4

Risso's Dolphin - 5

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

Another big blow Saturday, Sunday could score !

Wheatears

2 fairly late Wheatears on Dinas Mountain this morning also 80+ GoldenPlover.
A Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the garden late afternoon.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Golden Plover

170 Golden Plover on Dinas Mountain this afternoon ,little else.

Skua Spectacular

Well if the porpoises were playing hard to get today the bird life certainly wasn't. With Richard, Elfyn, Chris and a couple of others all calling Skuas my lens was more often than not pointed skyward rather than at the fleeting porps. I'd not seen so many in a single session for a long time and one even ventured to within 80Mtrs or so of the rocks. Below is a variety of images of the many different Skuas that passed by. Appologies for the quantity Adrian but all the chaps were keen to see them on the blog. Please feel free to thin them out if you wish.