Iceland gull present yesterday evening.. Really easy to find if someone needs it for their year list
Been several ringed gulls in Bracelet Bay this past week.. My old friend Med gull E825 (been visiting us since 2006 from Antwerp) A Finnish BH gull ST285095 (still waiting the history) and today another Belgium Med gull E913701this time without the plastic DARVIC ring which makes i.d. so much easier..
the Great Northern Diver is still here.. Showing really well close in to the slipway… Not sure how it’s going to react to the water skiers! 😎
3 great northern divers, 2 great crested grebes, lots of shags
partial moult great northern diver with 3 great crested grebes this morning off boat slip
The Caspian tern has reappeared this morning…
Looks like the kittiwakes on the pier are having a good year again on whats left of the “temporary ledges”.. Is this South Wales’ only kittiwake colony on man made structure??
Started with me finding a small pod of 3 harbour porpoise foraging in the outgoing tide race.. Nice! They were being followed by plenty of manxies, several gannets, 1 fulmar, kittiwakes.. And through that scope view flew a skein of 6 common scoter.. Wow.. Plenty of other stuff going up and down channel.. Several GBB gulls, lots of auk species.. 3 rock pipits flew in off the sea.. 1 mead gull in the car park.. along with several herring gull. Raven overhead
first Gower yellowhammer of 2017 (female)
several singing willow warblers
skylark, chiffchaff, gsw, goldfinches but overall very quiet
nice views of the overwintering ringtail harrier this afternoon.. Also present, buzzard, little grebes, mallard, couple of mute swans, pair of teal,singing Cetti’s, and several chiffchaff,.. We also thought we’d heard and seen a willow warbler
Here’s a quick picture of the Dunlin roost this morning…
noticed a significant reduction in bh gull numbers this morning. Been replaced by lbb’s.. No small waders again..and 4 oycs.. It’s extremely quiet on a beautiful sunny morning
Couldn’t find any med gulls.. probably all gone now until September
Nice great crested grebe fishing very close in shore
3 Harbour porpoise in the tide race
usual suspects, gadwall,teal,mallard,shoveller,mute swans, little grebes, moorhens.. But unexpectedly a male tufted duck.. Also one female stonechat fussing behind the hide
Quiet on the pond this morning.. Few wildfowl (mallard & Teal).. 6 mute swans, 6 little grebe, singing cettis & water rail ( if you can call that singing)
Highlight was the passage through of a ring tailed hen harrier scattering snipe everywhere.
High tide roost: 75+ turnstone, 15 redshank, 1 purple sandpiper… Female eider & great crested grebe offshore..
Wildfowl numbers starting to build.. Shoveller, teal, mallard, gadwall, 1 female pintail, widgeon…… little grebes, grey heron, cormorant, moorhens, squealing water rail, cettis, snipe (possible jack),
No more sightings of the bittern reported last week….
nice flock of 30+ juvenile common scoter viewed in Swansea bay this morning
good vis mig.. Greenfinches,chaffinches,mipits,wood Pidgeon’s… 2 late swallows.. Sprawk.. Few crests. House sparrows..