Broughton, NW Gower last few days

(61 species noted) A superb male Black Redstart with a blazing white wing panel (race gibraltariensis) has been present at the caravan site for last two days along with a duller female/immature bird. Still present this morning at least. Emma may add some photos later. The best place to observe the birds is from the height of the coastpath SS417929 looking back east over the rooftops of the caravans. Chris Gerdon one of the other birders on site has said last night they were ranging as far as the farm buildings at SS420929. This morning a Merlin flew west at the Farm and over Broughton Burrows. Yesterday there was a Nuthatch calling at Delvid Farm and the day before (25th) saw 60 Gannet, 8 Common Scoter and 25 Razorbill out in Broughton Bay; several Redwings, a Grey Wagtail and a Coal Tit were present at Delvid Farm and a juvenile Hobby paused on a post briefly before flying west through Delvid Burrows. Moor Lake has hosted 3 Teal, 4 Moorhen and 2 Water Rail and 2 Chough have been ranging last few days between Bluepool in the west to Prissen’s Tor in the east, calling regularly.


West Cross –

Biggest number of gulls I’ve ever seen here on the water tonite. Must be close to 1000 birds.. Mixed block of herring,lbb,gbb,med,bh… Too many to scan in the disappearing light.. There must be a rarity here somewhere 😎


fem\imm  black redstart on the National Trust roof, good numbers of birds in the vile, 60+ skylark, 50+ linnet, 10+ reed bunting, several hundred starling and jackdaw, 15+ meadow pipit, plenty of dunnock,robin,wren.

50+ chaffinch moving west in small groups from Overton, 12 blackbird,10  song thrush, 20+ redwing. 7 yellowhammer at Overtondsc_0275dsc_0292


6 woodlark flew across the valley and seemed to drop down by the trees/field by the farm. They were calling a few times , which is what drew my attention to them. I didn’t manage to re-find them. Ed Hunter picked up a YB warbler , I heard a second calling close by. A couple of Brambling, 3 swallow,1 yellowhammer, 12 blackbird, 8 song thrush, 4 blackcap.

between pilton green to foxhole slide, good numbers of skylark moving up the coast from Rhosilli direction, plenty of stubble fields around here which they were dropping into. 250 plus, 8 yellowhammer seen together.

Dyffryn Lliw Valley

Quieter than previous weeks. Cormorant(1), Mallard(7),Treecreeper(1),Buzzard(2),Red Kite(1),Coal Tit(4),Goldcrest(4),Great Tit(8),Blue tit(8),Bullfinch(22), Jay(6).On the slopes below Bwllfa Isaf-Redwing (120+),Mistle Thrush(4),Ring Ouzel(1),Song Thrush(6),Blackbird(10).Good to meet Mr Tallack on the way down.


8 Reed Buntings in reeds by the new dipping pool boardwalk, 6 juv Wood Pigeon in a tree there and 2 Jay over, 70 Canadas on W lake, 6 Pochard [5m 1f], 1 Wigeon and 30 Tufties on W lake, and 2 Herons, 1 on E lake near the bridge and 1 by W lake posts. Flock of LT Tits near the bird table.