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8 Black-tailed Godwits on the lagoon over high tide this evening, with the Oystercatcher roost which held many colour-ringed birds, 14 of which were read and passed to PRG. Also a single Greenshank, 9 Curlew and 5 Redshank (1 of which was a juvenile), and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls on the sea. Most of the Curlew were in obvious primary moult when seen in flight.
With an influx of Two-barred crossbill in Shetland I spent the evening having a look around some Preseli woods, well you never know. Numbers of Common Crossbill (20+) feeding on abundant spruce cones, largest flock 6-7 birds. Willow tit in 4 spots. 2 Goshawk. A Common shrew corpse was host to a number of Red-breasted carrion beetle. Earlier today first Cleddau Kingfisher of the year flying upriver near the 'Trader'.
From Elaine Turpin, Heard a Yellowhammer singing between New Moat and Llys y Fran Thursday morning. Haven’t heard one in a while. They are usually nearer to New Moat not half way to Llys y Fran where we are. Really made my morning.
On Monday evening, just as it was getting dark, I heard distinctive high-pitched plaintive calls of an osprey not far from Slebech. I had to help out with some bat-survey work in a building so it wasn't possible to confirm where exactly the bird was calling from.
Last evening (Thursday) Annie was out on a boat on the river with Jane Hodges and others helping with a shelduck survey. They were pleased to get excellent views of the osprey, presumed to be heading to a tree roost in woodland along the Eastern Cleddau. It's still perhaps a bit early for disbursing adults and juvs. so maybe this one (possibly a non-breeder) has summered in the area, as has happened before.
Some other observations suggested that there were good numbers of common sandpipers in the estuary but that curlew numbers were lower than usual. Jane has indicated that shelducks are probably having their best breeding season since 2006 which is good news.
Great news Lisa about the resighting of colour ringed Oystercatcher 78 as a possible breeder on Grassholm. Also thank you Brian for all the other resightings. A couple of details, Oystercatcher A2 was ringed at the Gann 14/03/2016, however was resighted to almost the day last season 15/07/2018 spending the summer in Lancashire. Curlew 06 was ringed at the Gann 03/10/2015 and has been resighted several times. Dave A has also provided us with a constant supply of resighting records including a Redshank which at the best of times is challenging to read a code on a colour ring at a distance. Thank you all for your continued support. Pemb's Ringing Group