Amourobius ferox

Amourobius ferox
By Peter Byles

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Bits and bobs

With 3 sightings of bumblebees (two white tailed and a red tail) yesterday, the appearance of wild garlic and various birdies and beasties all gearing up for mating season, it really does feel like Pembrokeshires wildlife has had an explosion of activity. Cracking views of the water rail at Westfield Pill. The site also had Marsh tits (or possibly Willow tits...), a nuthatch, firecrests, a very cheeky coal tit (who hopped right up to me and started pecking under my shoe!) and dozens of various small birds.

Went for an early morning walk at a very cold Stackpole court a few days ago. Got to the wall overlooking the reed beds and heard some splashing about. After a minute or so an otter made an appearance and was very audible and visible whilst fishing. Spent 15 minutes watching as he caught his breakfast. This was the first time I've ever seen an otter in this section of the ponds, having never seen them further down than the boathouse.

Some time last week I went for a wander down Fresh West looking for adders. No joy unfortunately, but I did come across a common lizard under an old ice cream tub and what I'm assuming are the bones of a seal flipper (Yes? No?) way back in the grass.

1 comment:

  1. Willow Tits were once common breeding birds at Westfield Pill.They went into rapid decline in the early nineties.My last sighting there,was 1997.The ones coming to the feeders are definately Marsh Tits.