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 Been replaced by lbb’s..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..
Biggest number of gulls I’ve ever seen here on the water tonite. Must be close to 1000 birds.. Mixed block of herring,lbb,gbb,med,bh… Too many to scan in the disappearing light.. There must be a rarity here somewhere 😎
1 great crested grebe in winter plumage fishing close in… 2 juvenile ravens in the car park. (maybe this years youngsters from the breeding birds on the Lighthouse Island)
2 chough were a first at this location for me
Sparrowhawk, 2 bullfinch, 2 chiffchaffs, small mixed tit flock (unfortunately no crests or ybw’s), Nice numbers of chaffinch,
And good numbers of Med gulls in the car park as normal
no med gulls at all which was a surprise.. Only a few bh’s & a herring gull.. Highlight was a stooping peregrine onto the bh’s.. Missed by a feather thickness.. That’s a first for me.. Seen them take large waders but never a gull
sea watch high tide.. Usual suspects.. Fulmars,kittiwakes,gannets including some very young birds,manxies med gulls,… And a very large grey seal almost hauled out on the shingle beach
Another returning Belgium ringed med gull
First seen in Swansea in 2006 at Blackpill by Bob Howells
And has returned yearly to Swansea to over-winter since then