A Little Stint was in a mixed flock – of Sanderling, Ringed Plover and Dunlin – on the beach between Ogmore and Newton. Sightings along the estuary included Whinchat, Dipper (juvenile on Portobello), three Kingfishers, Greenshank and four Black-tailed Godwits.
Spotted Flycatcher 6 possibly more, Willow Warbler 1 Chiffchaff 6 Coal Tit 2 Great Spotted WP 1 Nuthatch 2
Buzzard 3 Siskin 1 Also: Southern Hawker 3 Migrant Hawker 3
Busy in the Pants this morning, with birds including Pied Flycatcher, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Tree Pipits, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Bunting and 15 Yellowhammers. A Swift over may well be my last of the year.
Tree pipits moving again this morning (5 ringed)
2 garden warbler
A roost of well in excess of 500 swallows (plus sand martins) was present in the reedbed last night (could be 3x this but very difficult to estimate).
Highlight this morning comprised 2 fem/imm Common Redstarts in the long W paddock hedgerow, by the second ‘plateau’ behind the dragonfly pond. Also 2 Green ‘Peckers, 2 ad Little Grebes in W lake ‘bay’, and a ‘kettle’ of 3 Buzzards. Plus nice to bump in to my Bird Report collaborator David Gilmore.
A bit of a wader fest – by Ogmore standards – today. I called in this evening and noted Curlew Sandpiper, nine Black-tailed Godwits, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper and eight Common Sandpipers. AH also saw a Little Stint. Nine Teal were on the Watermill.
The black terns are still present this evening, though best seen from the Black Oak platform side as they seem to be keeping to that area. Only had quite distant views in the bins from the other side without my scope, but great birds.
Redstart male present again between nos 19 and 20 WE 10:10. Bullfinch fem again off the reserve boardwalk.
News just rec’d – 2 Black Terns from y’day still present.
1 Common Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 6+ Chiffchaff, 10 Goldfinch, mostly juvs, 10 Long-t tit, 4 Greenfinch, 5 Linnet, 2 juv Green ‘Pecker, mixed flock of c.30 hirundines, GC Grebe young x 3 as big as the ads now, 1 ad Little Grebe [2 yesterday], 6 Tufted Duck.
I had 20 minutes sheltering under the trees at Portobello House late morning.
10 black-tailed godwits, 3 common sandpiper and a juvenile greenshank.
A juv Curlew Sandpiper was on the lower reaches of the river this morning.. Also 5 Black tailed Godwits , 2 Ringed Plover and 6 Common Sands.
2 Black Terns were reported at Lisvane Reservoir this morning, up to 13:30 – on Facebook. Apologies for late posting but I only noticed it just now.
Willow tit this week (as well as 2 garden warbler). Photos / identification info here: http://gowerbirdringinggroup.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/oxwich-marsh-18-august-gower-rarity.html
A seawatch from the southern end of the barrage this morning 07:20-09:15 produced at least 6 Storm Petrels past, most a long way off shore but one came inside the Outer Wrach buoy (1000m offshore) so about 800-900m away.
Also a Porpoise with a calf surfaced a few times just inside the Outer Wrach buoy.
blustery out on the marsh but good numbers of Dunlin and ringed plover ( roughly 600+ and 300+ ). Hard to get accurate counts as there was much movement of the birds.
4 curlew sandpiper ( 1 ad and 3 juvs). 3 turnstone, 6 knot, 10 blackwit through, 1 peregrine and 5 wheatear.
balearic shearwater on the sea and into swansea bay at 15.20, 1 pale Arctic skua 15.45.
around 10 to 15 juv kittiwakes was better than the morning at Port Eynon, about 40 kittiwake with only 2 juvs. 20 fulmar, 8 gannet, 6 c scoter, only 20 Manx was the early start at P E
Thanks to Strinda Davies for leading today’s GBC monthly walk at Kenfig. Seven participants in blustery and showery conditions saw or heard 34 species in total. Highlights were 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Lapwing along the east shore of Kenfig Pool, along with 2 flyover Redshank.
Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing, Redshank, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Robin, Wren, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Linnet, Mallard, Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Starling, Blackbird, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Jackdaw, Raven, Chiffchaff, Swallow, Sand Martin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit.