Friday, 16 March 2018

Observations 13-16/3/2018

A selection of images taken over the past few days. Heron-Iron Bridge Newport.  Knot and Godwit flag poles Goodwick beach. Song Thrush-Dyffryn in Goodwick. (My word he was in fine voice)
Grey Plover and Purple Sandpiper on the north breakwater, and the Cormorant in breeding plumage taken at Strumble.


A Chiffchaff singing in the woods at Llanychaer this morning.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Fishguard Harbour 13th March.

A quick look on Outer Breakwater was very successful, firstly a breeding plumage Black Guillemot from the top end of the port where the crane used to be then seven Purple Sandpipers on the breakwater. A nice Peregrine flew over just as we were leaving to round off a good hour. 

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Casualty on the tide line.

My best guess is Fieldfare, any offers?

Tale of two woodies and parrog waders.

Not just one but two Great Spotted  Woodpeckers visiting my garden/peanut feeders, both appear to be femeles.

A group of ten Bar Tailed Godwits and five Knot, mixing with the more usual Oystercatchers  on the tide-line at the Parrog (Goodwick Beach) yesterday evening.


Friday, 9 March 2018

Flag Poles 8/03/18

A bit late posting these but hey ho as they say. There were a number of waders feeding in amongst the exposed shoreline rocks including a dozen or so Knot, a couple of redshanks, the usual Turnstones/Oyster Catchers and this lovely Bar Tail Godwit.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Purple Sandpipers

A total of 6 Purple Sandpipers on the Outer Breakwater Fishguard Harbour this afternoon, also
7 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Knot, , 2 Dunlin and single Grey Plover,Ringed Plover and Curlew.

A couple of Gannets off shore and a single Diver passed by.
(Myself, Adrian, Cliff and Lloyd)

Monday, 5 March 2018

Strange days!

While the weather was at its worst my feeders were relatively unused. Now its milder the tits sparrows and woodpecker have returned. Where did they go? I was conscious that with the strong northerly winds my feeders were quite exposed, maybe that's part of the explanation. Perhaps they had a better food supply elsewhere, who knows but I am glad to see most of them back!

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Bar-tailed Godwits

18 Bar-tailed Godwits,4Knot and 11 Turnstone around Fishguard Harbour area today.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Pinning them down!

I had just got home when the phone rang, it was Wdigbirder, excited!" Megga's on the moor" he said breathlessly "What?" ..."Pintails"... OK on my way... Pintails might not be everyone's idea of a Mega but  they are for Goodwick Moor!

We met up and he pointed them out on a a grassy little island in a  shallow flooded area, but they were largely obscured by the undergrowth

We gently approached, but spooked them and they flew off over and beyond the moor.

There were at least fifty, maybe a hundred golden plover (some coming into breeding plumage), spread around, lots of meadow pipits, snipe, winter thrushes etc 
The sad corpse of a Golden Plover was obvious with its plucked breast feathers scattered around, These weakened birds, easy prey for raptors. We thought probably a sparrow hawk.

A little further on we were checking out a funny looking pipit when a Sparrowhawk pounced  on it, carrying it off in a trice! Well at least something was feeding well! 
We decided to walk back to the car, i feeling a bit miffed about missing a decent shot of the Pintail's  when Wdig noticed them coming in off the sea towards us...

They swung past, i fired off a couple of shots...

I am not going to lie, pretty pleased with that one, and the one below!

 So in the end we got our mega's and we were both happy bunnies...

Sea Shore Refugees.

The blanket of snow and frozen ground has forced several species of bird that are usually more associated with open farmland and uplands down to the sea shore. Starvation makes them more approachable although i hid in a hedge on the parrog to get most of these shots as I did not want to disturb them.

 Fran counted at least 18 Bar Tailed Godwit's (above) in one group, quite exceptional for this site!