Amourobius ferox

Amourobius ferox
By Peter Byles

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Strumble, Fishguard area and Dowrog

An interesting day in the Fishguard area began with an imm Iceland Gull drifting SW past Strumble Head with a flock of Herring Gulls at 09:30 - last seen heading towards Pwllderi. Otherwise Strumble was pretty quiet, with on 3 Red-throated Divers, 2 Diver sp., 11 Shelduck flying W, 2 adult Gannets, a small number of Fulmar (sadly no blue phase), and relatively small numbers of Guillemot, Razorbill and Kittiwake.
Another Red-throated Diver was in the bay at Cwm yr Eglwys, while a visit to Fishguard Harbour proved to be time well spent - with two Great Northern Diver closely associating with each other, 5+ Shags, a winter plumage Guillemot and, the highlight, a Bonxie - which targeted the gulls that were feeding in the wake of the ferry as it left on its afternoon sailing.
The remainder hour or so of daylight was spent at Dowrog, where the only birds of note were a Peregrine and a single ring-tail Harrier.

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