Crumlyn burrows

From the jersey marine side to the river two separate family parties of stonechats one with two young and the other with three a pair of linnets with nestling material meadow plplts skylarks a pair of Canada geese and a shelduck on the river a perigrine put up waders from the beach 90+ oyster catchers and a flock of sanderling and ringed plover est 100

in the woods behind jersey marine song thrush family party and a tee creeper

on a private site in llandarcy lapwing with one young two pairs present three young were there 16 April also a pair of ringed plover were there and a single little ringed plover but not seen since

TTV Late Watermill to Verville SS8977

41 species recorded on this mornings late visit to the square, taking the species total to 50 for both visits, slightly down on last year but was very pleased to add a singing Spotted Flycatcher which is new for the square. It was quiet at Watermill itself, just Crows and a couple of Canada Geese, but a few Whitethroat and Sedge Warblers were singing closeby. Sand Martins appear to be doing well in two different colonies. Both Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers as well as a Kingfisher were noted at Coed Pwll-y-flew as were a surprise Red Fox and two lovely Beautiful Demoiselle dragonflies.


An enjoyable final Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) for the season on Janet’s square today included seeing a Cuckoo chased off by Meadow Pipits (while we were walking to survey start point), Redstart singing from an oak tree top (not sure I’ve seen that before), Tree Pipit, nesting Swallows and House Martins, various warblers etc.

We also had good views of a pair of cuckoos (and heard more) when doing BBS on my squares near Bedlinog on Friday, and were close enough to hear the female’s bubbling song. Also had Tree Pipit there.

Kenfig Monthly Walk

25 participants enjoyed the monthly public walk on Saturday.

44 species were seen/heard,  including a purple heron!

Many thanks to everyone who came, especially Strinda Davies our leader.

 Full list-

Blue Tit, Great tit, House Sparrow, Willow Warbler, Magpie, Cormorant, Whitethroat, Jackdaw, Collared Dove, Carrion Crow, Greenfinch, Herring Gull, Housemartin, Sandmartin, Swift, Swallow, Song Thrush, Chiff Chaff, Dunnock, Starlings(50+), Blackbird, Buzzard, Grey Heron, Robin, Goldfinch, Lapwing, Stonechat, Linnet, Wren, Mallard, Woodpigeon, Coot with Chicks, Canada Goose, Goldcrest(H), Chaffinch, Great Crested Grebe, Chettis(H), Pheasant(H), Greylag Goose, Pied Wagtail, Mute Swan with Goslings(5 today), Gadwall, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Purple Heron!

Radyr Floodplain

There was a Spotted Flycatcher in trees along the Radyr side of the River Taf this evening. A regular autumn passage migrant here, but a rare sight in the Spring. Good to see healthy numbers of Swift and House Martin over the river too.


Yesterday, after searching the fields and shore, 8 Whimbrel over the centre,  flying towards the golf course. No sign of purple heron.  Also, stonechat, linnet,  whitethroat, lapwing, ,gray heron , pair of gadwall on a flooded slack, , 4 coot chicks,  great crested grebe, wheatear.

Heol Y Cyw

Very smart male Redstart was a garden first this morning. It stayed for a few minutes flitting between perching on top of a feeder station and exploring the lawn. I suspect it is on it’s way further north into the hills and unlikely to treat us to any further views.

East Aberthaw Lagoon

A cuckoo called from the copse at the base of the ashtip near the SW corner of the lagoon at c.11.30 this morning. Four full-grown hairy Garden Tiger larvae were putting themselves in danger by wandering over the track in search of pupating sites.

Four pairs of Tufties on the lagoon, and two broods of Mallard. Lesser Whitethroat and Reed Bunting singing and showing well there in contrast to the shy Sedge and Reed Warblers.

Lock’s Common Porthcawl this morning



A Little Tern flew south / up-channel at the north end of Lock’s Common at 0815. A lovely fresh morning with very light southerlies, the only other birds of note were 15 immature Gannet also u/c. No waders, so maybe a clear out overnight. A male Wheatear was present and fledged Starlings were present in places.


A Hobby and a Red Kite were soaring over Merthyr Mawr this afternoon. A pair of Bar-headed Geese was at the Watermill, no doubt exhausted following their flight from Mongolia 😉


Caerphilly Castle

Sand Martins 40 seen is flight at on time lots of nesting in castle walls. Amongst the Lesser Black-backed Gulls were two colour ringed birds white rings black lettering 9LF 3CF  submitted to Euring. Also a pair of Muscovy Duck not seen at this sight previously. 

Sker Point this morning 0730-1000

There was an Oriole Birding Group, DCB, DGC and myself all out at Sker this morning! Despite the easterly winds 10+Manx Shearwater, 25+Gannet and 2 Arctic Tern were moving up channel. An excellent selection of waders many acquiring or in breeding plumage were on offer for the early risers on the high tide: 4 Oystercatcher, a Ringed Plover, 6 Grey Plover, 5+Dunlin, 50+Sanderling, 15 Turnstone, 17 Purple Sandpiper, 15+Whimbrel, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit and a Curlew. A Red Admiral butterfly also moved through and a Grey Seal was poking its nose out of the water just off the point.