Saturday, 30 July 2011

Andy at the Gribben

Hi, It's Andy Thomas from Shrewsbury again. Wonderful time at the Gribben this morning - I was there from 7 and remembered to take a camping chair this time! Quiet for most of the time, but interesting things do happen if you wait......

Peregrine with GBB Gulls
Stonechat with Bee

Photographs and report Andy Thomas.

Thank you for the report and photographs Andy. You are becoming our Gribben watcher.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

The Screech Owl Sanctuary.

The first picture is of Elvis an Indian Eagle Owl
The second a Barn Owl.
Both taken at the Screech Owl Sanctuary during Mark Whittaker's Owl Flying Display.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Double Report from Spit Beach

took a short walk down to Spit Beach at lunchtime, once the drizzle had eased off! On the rocks between the beach and the harbour four Common Sandpipers and a Curlew could be seen, along with the usual Oystercatchers (12). Half a dozen Gannets were plunge-diving offshore, between the harbour and Polkerris. A single Sandwich Tern was also present.

Report. Phil Ouless.

Took my sister boyfriend who is a keen novice birder from Switzerland down to Spit Beach at High Tide (around 3:30pm) and saw the following of note :

6 nesting Herring Gulls and 1 nesting Lesser Black Backed on the roof on the Imerys works to the left of the Iron Bridge on the path leading towards the beach. Also 4 Chiffchaff feeding around the pipes on small insects/flies.
On the rocks at the beach were 2 Common Sandpiper and 1 Adult Med Gull
In the harbour there were 2 Lesser Black Backed Gull , 1 of which was very dark indeed and probably of the variety Larus fuscus fuscus (Baltic sea, Eastern Scandinavia).

Report Marko Owlman

Thank you Phil and Marko for the reports. Not the ideal sort of day weatherwise  so I am glad you were both rewarded with sightings.

Friday, 15 July 2011



10 Dunlin & 2 Ringed Plover on the beach this evening.

Phil Ouless

Thank you for the report Phil.
There is a lot of activity on the beach at the moment  with the holiday makers and their dogs. Not ideal for birdwatching.  This Blog runs down during the summer months as not much is reported. The well off are away on holidays and the really well off are chasing Butterflies...that only leaves me to chase bird shadows.

Thursday, 14 July 2011


This Stonechat posed on the gorse for some time enjoying the sunny outlook at Par Beach this afternoon.

Report and photograph.Chris Holyoak

Lovely photograph Chris.  They are always a welcome sight around the dune area.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Great-Spotted Woodpecker

Another visit today just a week after the first one - I took a photo - yes look carefully and you may just see it !!  
Report and photograph. Stuart Hunkin
Well you have now got the proof. We are still waiting for a visit  this year.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Peregrines on Site.

On Monday afternoon (27th) I had the great fortune to watch 3 juvenile Peregrines . Initially seen flying together, I later saw all three at very close range, perched on adjacent fence posts along the coastal footpath. The birds could be seen scratching & wing stretching, finally moving on after about ten minutes.

With thanks,
Phil Ouless.

Thank you for the report Phil.
I have omitted the place and map reference for security reasons.
Must has been a rewarding sight.

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