Bracelet bay a.m.

no med gulls at all which was a surprise.. Only a few bh’s & a herring gull.. Highlight was a stooping peregrine onto the bh’s.. Missed by a feather thickness.. That’s a first for me.. Seen them take large waders but never a gull

Dyffryn Lliw Valley

Chichaff(6),Goldfinch(24),Bullfinch(6),Nuthatch(2),Goldcrest(4),Peregrine(2),Buzzard(1),Song Thrush(1),Blackbird(3),Wren(3),Great Tit(16),Blue Tit(22),Coal Tit(4), Stonechat(5),Meadow Pipit(4), Mallard(7), Jay(1), Chaffinch(9), Great Spotter Woodpecker(1), Blackcap(3), Red Kite(6),Robin(21)

GBC Field Trip – Collister Pill

Thanks to all who came along on today’s GBC field trip to Collister Pill. In total we saw 43 species. Raptors were the highlight, with Peregrine, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Buzzard all putting in an appearance. Plenty of ducks just offshore, including Pintail, Wigeon and Shelduck. Waders proved elusive though Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit were seen. Over 20 Little Egret were on the saltmarsh, and a Wheatear was just behind the sea wall.

Full species list:
Peregrine, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Pintail, Wigeon, Shelduck, Mallard, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Chiffchaff, Stonechat, Wheatear, Linnet, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Robin, Starling, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Wren, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Meadow Pipit, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Skylark, Pied Wagtail, Cormorant.

How many Wrynecks ?

A Wryneck showed well for five minutes at the small car parking area of Pant Cwmteri at 1510 this afternoon, perched in the open and being closely investigated by a Robin.  Seen again at 1615 but only in flight. Mirroring the Dunraven/Witches sightings, could this be the same bird that NPR found further up the valley on the 28th August and eluded us on regular visits over the past three weeks? Who knows but always a pleasure to watch.


Cadoxton rivermouth and Sully Island

This afternoon’s low tide exposed plenty of mud at Cadoxton River mouth/Bendrick Rock. Birds included 2 Grey Plover (first I’ve seen here since March), 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Egret, 6 Turnstone, 5 Oystercatcher, 10 Ringed Plover and 3 Rock Pipit.

On this morning’s high tide at Sully Island there were 111 Oystercatcher and 11 Curlew.

Lliw Valley

Early morning walk produced a nice variety as follows. House Martin (120),Green Woodpecker(2),Great Spotted Woodpecker(1), Red Kite(5),Buzzard(2),Chiffchaff(9),Blackcap(1),Raven(4),Grey Wagtail(1), Bullfinch(3),Blue Tit(16), Coal Tit(5),Great Tit(15), Long Tail Tit(6),Goldcrest(6),Song Thrush(2),Blackbird(6), Robin(17),Dunnock(12), Mistle Thrush(2), Goldfinch(7),Jay(1), Stonechat(1)


dsc_0161dsc_01592 Lapland buntings . 1 out , just past the mound with the meadow pipits, the other, on the  way back alongside the track. approx. 80+ linnet , 40 + meadow pipit, 14 skylark, 6 wheatear. waders still too far out.

earlier this week, Otter with flounder for breakie south of Loughor bridge Wed am plus Juv Osprey heading south .

On the negative, dead Manx shearwater on the Penclawdd road, must have blown in and hit a vehicle…couldn’t let such a great pelagic bird end up 2D on the road, so , sent it to Davy Jones’s locker off Pont y Cob bridge.p.s ……after looking at most of the photos, a lot not good. 2 of the most confiding bird, first bird heard calling not long before seeing this one


A lone juvenile Ruff was loosely associating with the 202 strong Black-tailed Godwit flock, which was pushed by this evening’s high tide from Salthouse Point, to Pwll-y-ffroga then to the marsh edge in front of the chapel at Wernffrwd. A Grey Seal, a few Bar-wits, a Common Sandpiper and loads of Curlew and Oycs, but nothing unusual and then the sun went down.

Counts at Whiteford on the 15th included 6220 Oycs, 1008 Dunlin, 307 Ringed Plover, 3 Knot, 24 Turnstone, 5 Sanderling, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint, 6 Black-wits, 6 Pale-bellied Brent, 26 Pintail& 48 Wigeon. There were 54+ Teal on the flooded Cwm Ivy Marsh.

GBC Monthly Walk at Kenfig NNR

Many thanks to Strinda Davies for leading today’s GBC monthly walk at Kenfig. There were 12 participants and we saw or heard 38 species, with the highlights being Kestrel and Sparrowhawk.

Full species list:
Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Coot, Cormorant, Swallow, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Linnet, Chaffinch, Robin, Wren, Blackbird, Starling, Dunnock, Meadow Pipit, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, House Sparrow, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Carrion Crow, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Pied Wagtail, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon.