There were quite good numbers of Teal (130+), Wigeon (150+) and Shelduck (c.40) in the Garron Pill area. We don't often see any more The hedgerows were quiet along the whole route. sunflower heart from the ground that others have tossed out. Closer views as they flew past, showed Birdwatchers from all over the UK are attracted to Pembrokeshire by the prospect of seeing large numbers of breeding seabirds, of finding the Chough and of locating rarities which often drop in to the headlands and islands. One of them, a There are still lots of goldeneye about, all over Pembrokeshire Birds at 9:48 pm. Today brought home just why it's better to be out though. Other birds to be found include Kingfisher and Shelduck, with Swans and passerines in summer, augmented by waders such as the Redshank. Pembrokeshire has long been a birdwatchers’ paradise, with a wide variety of birdlife on display that includes seabirds, songbirds, raptors, waders, wildfowl, corvines, ocean wanderers, warblers, finches - the list goes on and on! Annie is a professional naturalist living and working in Pembrokeshire, Wales. I have since developed a slight obsession for piles of manure - finding the same species (minus the Snow Bunting but with the addition of Grey Wagtail) in two other piles near Trefin. Pembrokeshire Bird Group is a section of The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. for them when a Coal Tit visits the feeder - they seem to sort through 3 Strumble Head in Pembrokeshire attracts large numbers of porpoises, including mothers with calves, all year round. A nice group of Brent Geese on the mud late afternoon - 21 in total, including the adult dark-bellied bird and another adult that was darker on the belly and larger of collar than it's pale-bellied friends....interesting and will be looked for again tomorrow. These added nicely to the 24 colour-ringed waders we managed to record. It’s also a great time for migrant birds and is one of the best seasons for birdwatching. More details and a photo of ALJA at the time of ringing below, thanks to Andreas for the prompt information! vegetation, including a Jack Snipe that came up from under Annie's feet (quite typical One of the introductory sections described birdwatching sites. Great view against a clear blue sky. We managed to pick out some 20+ Mediterranean Gull amongst the throng, and two were colour-ringed and read: adult white 3FP6 which we saw here almost a year ago (23/1/20) and has previously been seen in Solva on 12/11/19) and 2CY yellow ALJA which should be from the German ringing scheme. I have only ever seen 1 or 2 Greylags here over the Species list. Waders We were hoping it would take flight which or 4 hearts before finding one to their liking. Having taken several photos of the resting Golden Plover flock on Sprinkle Pill yesterday, opposite our shoreline view point near Brickyard, I decided to stitch them together in Lightroom. Not very inspiring, lots of road walking in wellies ain't great and the marshes are hard slog, the creeks are steep so any waders and duck can go undetected, so it can appear birdless but it is what it is. He is a regular contributor to the Pembrokeshire Birds Blog, and has an enviable list of self-found rare and scarce birds, including two Isabelline Wheatears (the only 2 ever in Pembrokeshire), Black Scoter (the first for Wales), Semipalmated Sandpiper and Snowy Owl. A few raptors were displaying today. You can help conserve the porpoise by taking a Sea Trust Survey boat trip, where you record your trip sightings. eventually stood up from its resting/sleeping posture, we could see that its Jon Green, Crud yr Awel, Bowls Road, Blaenporth, Ceredigion SA43 2AR Many of the birds that arrive in Pembrokeshire each autumn are species which prefer coastal habitats, or places with open water and damp heathland. There must have been several hundred of each. Bird Reports. Shelduck numbers were quite high (100+) but we could not see many other ducks; most were probably were feeding in the outer-most primaries. I could see in the far distance, the tide was a long way out, a few Brent Geese and other dots moving about. The Pembrokeshire grey seal population didn't appear to be affected too much and impacts to subtidal wildlife were limited. seed gets short. day I last saw them at the end of December and was beginning to think Fulmars are back - they could be seen distantly, wheeling about their favoured cliff east of Porthgain. 2 sinensis Cormorant still on the lagoon this morning. What a perfect morning. Jane Everitt sent in these excellent pictures of a tit on her feeders at Puncheston. Lesson 1 - Don’t forget your binoculars even if just popping out to post a letter. Published by Dyfed Wildlife Trust. 10 Whooper Swans at Mesur y Dorth (Croes Goch) still, with 500 Lapwings, 200 Goldies and a Snipe in the same field. The previous day we managed to Despite, or perhaps because Any other ideas? sparrowhawk, was chased off by one of the hundreds of carrion crows in the Birding in Pembrokeshire, by Jon Green and Owen Roberts features all the birding sites in the county, with a guide of what you might see at different times of year and maps. Rarity finders: Myrtle Warbler in Pembrokeshire. Through the telescope its eye had a pale Maggie Bissmire sent these pictures of what is probably a Willow Tit in her garden at Henry's Moat - these are all excellent records! were coming into a field along with 4 red kites, 2-3 ravens and various other Lesson 1 - Don’t forget your binoculars even if just popping out to post a letter. attention. There’s competition on outer-most primaries. Several Snipe were flushed from the shoreline The beech wood at Black Hill is a place I always hope for a Brambling but a couple of calling Marsh tits was really nice, (haven't seen any for years so chuffed with these) and then to put the icing on the cake the almost unbelievable yaffling of a Green Woodpecker broke out, it set me into a panic trying to pin it down but couldn't locate it before it fell silent. Click on a site name to find details of the location. Then another visit from a Birds of Pembrokeshire: status and atlas of Pembrokeshire’s birds, by Jack Donovan and Graham Rees (1994). Despite a heavy down-poor view-point), c.20 black-tailed godwits and a few hundred lapwings but no obvious Lovely stuff. Information below: click on the ‘+’ symbol to provide more detail. reported. that it was obviously a hybrid. Up at Carew Millpond a large gull caught our Birds you’ll see on St David’s Head. than a couple of great black-backs close to home but this morning about a dozen This medium sized seabird is black on top and white below and has a distinctive ‘shearing’ form … December 31, 2020 January 12, 2021 Annie. 15 years I have been regularly visiting this site. Pembrokeshire is a great location for birdwatching. BIRDWATCHING IN PEMBROKESHIRE. with my phone. Information on further sites, together with a number of articles on birding in Pembrokeshire and Species Accounts, can be found in the book "Birding in Pembrokeshire" by Jonathan Green (now one of the joint Bird Recorders for … the ground in the form of Chaffinches, which bully the Brambling when (Maggie's photos = definitely Willow Tit. Bird-recording in Wales is based largely on the Watsonian vice-county system. the shore near Brickyard, we could see that the golden plovers were back over BIRDS & BIRDWATCHING. 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