Friday, 14 August 2020

Out in the bay

On the boat 13 miles west of New Quay head a medium sized wader passed eastwards. Long bill, projecting toes and white wing bars suggested black-tailed godwit. Further inshore several hundred Manx shearwater working over baitfish. Several groups of gannets around. A distant feeding group had 20+ birds divebombing.
At home (NQ headland) a single young wheatear is still hanging around in the garden. Swallows and martins have been gathering in large numbers. They seem to like basking on the Marley roofing tiles of two neighbouring properties.
A week or so ago there were large numbers of hirundines together with black-headed and med gulls chasing flying insects in the thermals close to the house.

Viv Evans