Sunday, 31 May 2009

Get Up And Go

Couldn't find the get up an go to get out early this morning,instead i browsed the internetweb to see what i was missing,not a lot as it goes.Then a text came through of a summer plumage Curlew Sand at Goldcliff.Don't think i would normally go rushing round after a Curlew Sand but with the Lack of birds locally i thought why not.Anyway apart from the Curlew Sand a handful of dunlin and 2 Greenshank were the best of the rest.Still lots of Painted Lady's about tho.Checked the gulls out at Whitheads after tea but couldn't find any Yellow-Legs.A few wearing rings but the heat haze made them unreadable.Gave that up when a Tramp swigging Special brew and lugging around the biggest rucksack you ever have see walked straight through the middle of them.

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

The Golden Cliff Delights Again.

An Hour before the football produced 8 Gannet quite close in for Gwentish terms and two mid channel fulmar.Also a lone Gannet Gently floating up channel with the tide.

Monday, 25 May 2009

Spoony Number 3

Spoonbill number 3 turned up at Goldclif Pools today.Even More amazing is its the same bird that turned up on the 11Th June last Year.Where has it been i wonder?
Taken this evening.
Taken on the 11/06/08.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Deep In The Middle Of Gwent

Only other birds of note were Marsh Tit and Tawny Owl.

Saturday, 16 May 2009

It Wasn`t Meant To Be

Well what a day Friday turned out to be,Checked the internetweb and a few seabirds were moving further down the channel.An hours watch at the cliff of golden delights was on.Not alot happening,just a single Gannet and 1 Arctic skua until a few Whimbrel flew up off the foreshore one with a completely dark Rump.Myself and Tom called it at the same time.In the Panic i thought S*** i better get a pic of this so rattled off a few of the flock.Should have really stayed on it with bins and got a few more features.Immediately checking the photos all were blurred and none Identifiable. Never mind S*** Happens.So it was back down this morning in search.Only a handful of Whimbrel about and all had nice spanking white rear ends.A new Spoondbill was at the Pools also 1 Rock Pipit and the cutest baby Shoveler you ever had seen.Also the cutest baby Pochard you ever have seen.Back over at the Point the seabird tally consisted of 2 Arctic Skuas 7 Gannet 10 kittiwake 1 Fulmar and the earliest Stormy for 7 Years.

Monday, 11 May 2009

Now You See It Now You Dont

The Garganey was still on the back lagoon,the Spoonbill made some fleeting appearances on the furthest lagoon but soon disappeared back up a small ditch.Plenty on Dunlin, some Turnstone and a lonesome Golden Plover were the best of the rest.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

West Usk Beach

Highlights at Goldcliff Pools Saturday Morning were 3 Gannet and a Flyover Cuckoo.The Little beach at the West Usk Lighthouse came up trumps in the evening with 33 Sanderling 300+ Dunlin 3 Barwits 9 Whimbrel and a few Wheatears.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Pom Tiddly Pom Pom Pom

After watching the winds on XC Weather all day.Winds reaching 31Mph in a SW Direction with a few poms scattered about it was straight down to the Golden cliff of delights after work.After an hour and a half of nothing one Pom flew straight up channel circling for a bit before carrying on.
Managed to get these cracking pics as well.

Monday, 4 May 2009

Early One Sunday Morning.

Paid a visit to a nice little local woodland to look for Wood Warbler.Was not disappointed with at least 8 Birds present.Also popped down to the Cliff of Golden delights for 2 hours after XCWeather forecast 20mph SW winds this afternoon.The Only delights from the cliff were 1 Fulmar down Channel and lots of Swift Up and Down.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

This Time Last Year

Back to normal this weekend with the usual suspects about.It was around about this time Last year we were graced With Broad Billed Sand,BW Stilt And Temmincks Stint.Keep The Faith!