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Old Sunday 31st July 2005, 14:21   #1
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Strumble Head - West Wales

I was thinking of doing a bit of seawatching from this location this autumn depending on movements and weather. Does anyone have any experience of this watchpoint and have any suggestions on timing and whether the place was productive? Thanks in advance.
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Old Sunday 31st July 2005, 17:49   #2
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Only been once, 22.9.91 Wind was west force 6-7 after a SW gale. Imagine it's best in NW after Sw. As I remember that was/is a big concrete 'hide' /wartime battery. We had a long-tailed skua, 1 pom, 13 arctic skuas,, 12 great skuas, a great shearwater, 9 sooties, 4 Balearics, 2000 Manxies, 2 storm petrels, 1 Leaches, , a sunfish and a leatherback turtle, a phalarope sp, 1 black-throated diver and 5 red throateds, and also saw a sorry dunlin chased and killed by a whole family of peregrines. One of my better morning's work. Doubt it's like that all the time though.
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Old Sunday 31st July 2005, 21:24   #3
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There's an article by Jon Green on sea-watching at Strumble Head 1994-2003 in the latest edition of Welsh Birds (Vol 4, No.3, 2005) - worth a look if you can get hold of a copy. To quote:
The "ideal conditions are prolonged south-westerly gales followed by strong west or north-westerly gales.
Late August to the end od September is probably the best time.
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Docmartin and Rhion,
Thanks for the replies. I will try and get there towards the end of August or very early in September. I would like to give it a go in middle to late September but cannot afford the time then although I may be able to squeeze a trip at the very end of that month.
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Old Tuesday 2nd August 2005, 21:41   #5
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Hi Colin,

Over the years I have found Strumble Head to be a productive site for passage birds.

My trips have been at varied times between August & April, always with something of note to see (including great porpoise & seal watching) - break of dawn is my favourite time which does necessitate an overnight sleep in the car but i feel any discomfort is worth it.

Good luck & dress up warm - it is ALWAYS cold on Strumble Head.
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Karl,
Thanks for the information, I hope to get there in the next few weeks.
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Don't forget to check the cliffs & fields for Chough, Wheatear, Peregrine etc.
I once did a 14 hour sea watch from there & counted over 100,000 Manx Shearwaters with a peak of 4000 an hour & several British Storm Petrels in fading light but very little else. Harbour porpoises & dolphins should be seen if it's not too choppy. The last time I went, which was mid-September 2003, a Long-tailed Skua was the highlight.

It's a fabulous place and well worth the seemingly never ending narrow road to get to it. You will go past Fishguard harbour which has held the odd rare gull & Forster's Tern (but not in September!) There was also a Alpine Accentor reported from the steps to the Strumble lighthouse some years ago too.

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Old Tuesday 9th August 2005, 22:02   #8
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Dave,
Thanks for that.
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I once did a 14 hour sea watch from there & counted over 100,000 Manx Shearwaters with a peak of 4000 an hour
I hate to be a pedant, but how does that maths work? 14 x 4 is only 56.
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I hate to be a pedant, but how does that maths work? 14 x 4 is only 56.
I stand corrected. I was quoting from memory, or exagerating or something. Nevertheless it was an amazing spectacle & the final total was over 100,000 birds. Seeing is believing I suppose unless anyone else can back me up?


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