On the 2nd July:
A weekend in Pembrokeshire, to watch Peregrines and to meet up with Tim Cleeves who was guarding the nest site at Pemberry. Over the two days we spent about 15 hours watching the Peregrine pair with their 4 juveniles. We viewed from the top of the 150+ foot high sea cliffs, when we arrived there were 3 young flying with one yet to take it's first flight.
This area held 2 pairs of Fulmars and we saw several Kittiwakes and Gannets, as well as small groups of Manx Shearwaters. Also, a pair of Ravens and two family groups of Chough, totalling 11 birds.
During the middle of the day, when there was no Peregrine activity, we walked a couple of miles along the cliff path towards Little Haven, on previous walks Tim had found a scat which he believed to be from a fox and which contained Manx Shearwater feathers, he had also found remains of dead Manx Shearwaters, which means that either the shearwaters might be nesting along the coast, no records of this, or, that the incidence of birds landing on the coast was higher than previously thought, either way being predated by foxes was new. During our walk we did find Manx Shearwater corpses and feathers which had been snapped off.
Overnight near Walberswick, in the morning we visited Minsmere seeing c10 Spotted Redshanks, 6 Black-tailed Godwits, lots of Avocets, a few Dunlin and Ringed Plovers, a Ruff, lots of terns, a pair of Marsh Harriers, lots of warblers and several Turtle Doves.
We returned to Walberswick and saw the Red-footed Falcon again, also a pair of Red-backed Shrikes, a Redstart, several warblers including 3 Lesser Whitethroats and a Marsh Harrier.
From there we drove to East Wretham where we saw 3 Spotted Flycatchers, Tree Sparrows, 2 Cuckoos, Turtle Doves, a Tree Pipit, Red-legged Partridges and a pair of Montagu's Harriers.
Leading a birdwatching holiday to Northern Spain.