Search This Blog

Friday, August 31, 2012

31st August

Have no fear I am back safe and sound from a fairly relaxed week in Pembrokshire. The weather did try its best to put the dampeners on it, but really it was only the Monday where we had rain on and off throughout the day. In that eventuality it meant sitting in the car and viewing the showers as they rolled in. This wasn’t to bad for me as it meant hours of sea watching, hoping for something special to come close in shore, unfortunately this didn’t happen. You may have read Birdman-Eustons reports, if not below is a short summary of the best birds that I missed. That will be followed by a short summary of my holiday highlights.

Regent’s Park

Common Sandpiper: the long staying bird was seen again 25th and it was joined by a second bird 26th.

Osprey: well done Dave; he had saw a bird flying NW on 26th.

Northern Wheatear: one was seen on 26th.

Yellow Wagtail: one over 26th.

Spotted Flycatcher: birds were seen throughout with a maximum of 5 on 26th to 29th.

Pied Flycatcher: one was seen in the old Golf and Tennis School area 29th.

Common Redstart: a male was seen in the same tree with the above species at 7.30am 29th.

Kingfisher: well done Birdman another lifer on 29th.

Pembrokeshire

Migrant wise it was fairly quiet, the mainly SW to NW winds doing me no favours.

My highlights were:

2 Sooty Shearwaters 25th, 3 Balearic Shearwaters 27th, Merlin 26th, Arctic Skua 1 25th & 2 28th, Bonxie 30th.

Regular Pembrokeshire birds included good numbers of Chough with the largest group being 17. 80 Ravens playing in the wind was a spectacular sight. 3 Golden Plovers, 2 Ruff and 5 Purple Sandpipers were the most notable waders of the trip, the Baird’s departed before I could get over to it. Peregrine Falcons were around as was a Red Kite, my first one for that county.

DSC_0023

A shower passes over the bay on our first evening

DSC_0237

I didn’t see any family parties of Chough in the St Martins Haven to St Anne’s Head area.

DSC_0330

DSC_1778

DSC_1564

DSC_0340

DSC_0709

Not being a local, it appears that Ravens have had a really good year with birds everywhere.

DSC_0160

DSC_1332

This shot is the right-way up, birds loved the blustery conditions, when on occasions I could barely stand.

DSC_1351 

DSC_2120

DSC_1979

Peregrine near Caerfi Bay, watching these idiots, sorry people having fun.

DSC_2000

DSC_2007

DSC_1869

DSC_0749

Sparrowhawk over the Deer Park

DSC_0735

DSC_1541

I love Gannets, particularly the beautiful eyes of the adults

DSC_1523

DSC_2784

DSC_2625

DSC_0055

Adult Gannet and Manx Shearwater pass Strumble Head. The young that are leaving their nest risk death if they haven’t moved off out to sea by dawn. The winds this week did them no favours as you will see further down.

DSC_0028

Youngsters were pushed close inshore at Newgale

DSC_1193

DSC_1226

DSC_2324

Great Black-backed Gulls predated hundreds of young if they haven’t moved away from the land.

DSC_2334

DSC_2368

DSC_1901

Fulmars still have young to feed.

DSC_0383

DSC_0407

DSC_0348

DSC_0506

DSC_1484

Arctic Skuas

DSC_1491

DSC_2717

Shags are more obvious on the sea than Cormorants

DSC_2662

DSC_2656

DSC_0693

One of only a handful of Wheatear that I saw, but I wasn’t there to bird.

DSC_1017

White Wagtail female (above) and Pied Wagtail juvenile (below)

DSC_1005

DSC_1106

Swallows were gathering on wires and rooftops, soon they should be heading south.

DSC_1115

DSC_0947

Porpoise off St Martins Head, nearby Common Seals were pupping on the nearby sheltered beaches.

DSC_2698

DSC_0928

DSC_0800

DSC_0840

DSC_0805

DSC_0821

DSC_0829

DSC_0857

This poor pup seemed to be caught between a rock and a wet place. Its mum couldn’t get to him because of a more dominant seal and was constantly swamped by the waves.

DSC_0913

Unlike this pup who’s mum acted as a shield to keep the waves off.

DSC_0877

DSC_0926

DSC_0107

Newgale beach on a better day.

DSC_0106

DSC_0157

Sunset across St Brides Bay from Little Haven and below is a view of Little Haven, with The Castle Inn where we dined.

 DSC_0161-001