KEY POINTS

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

1 Check the vicin­ity of the church dur­ing win­ter visits for Black Red­starts and al­ways spend time dur­ing sum­mer be­side the scrub on the short walk to the shore check­ing for Grasshop­per and Sedge War­blers, Whitethroats and Reed Buntings.

2 Manx Shear­wa­ters from the im­mense colonies on the Pem­brokeshire is­lands some 70 miles dis­tant feed through­out Cardi­gan Bay, their num­bers sup­ple­mented in late sum­mer by birds from colonies fur­ther north, des­ti­na­tion the south-west At­lantic. Stormy weather can re­sult in oc­ca­sional visi­tors like Arc­tic and Great Skuas.

3 Over­look the gull flocks at your peril as they are al­ways worth that ex­tra ef­fort. Mediter­ranean Gulls are reg­u­lar while oc­ca­sional visi­tors have in­cluded Caspian, Glau­cous, Lit­tle and Sabine’s Gulls.

4 Dis­cov­er­ing waders on au­tumn pas­sage may take a lit­tle pa­tience but Bar-tailed God­wit, Curlew Sand­piper, Lit­tle Ringed Plover, Tem­minck’s Stint and Whim­brel have all been re­cently recorded.

5late Wheatears re­main on pas­sage un­til Oc­to­ber, La­p­land and Snow Buntings and Mer­lins are pos­si­ble. In win­ter, Golden Plover and Lap­wings fre­quent the graz­ing fields while search­ing off­shore wa­ters usu­ally re­veals the pres­ence of Red-throated Divers.

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