Pyle area

Single Skylark flying over Pyle today and single Meadow Pipit yesterday, vanguard of  migratory flocks yet to come? Grey Wagtail active on Afon Cynffig near the weir and plenty of Goldcrest calling in Collwyn woods. One singing male.

Craig y Pal/Graigola

Sunny morning out on the hill. Good numbers of Goldfinch(108 feeding on thistle and ?ragwort heads-mix flock of adults and juvenile),Meadow Pipit (42), Goldcrest(2), Chiffchaff(6), Mistle Thrush(9), Blackbird(5),Raven(1),Red Kite(1),Sparrowhawk(1), Pied Wagtail(7).In Nant y Glais Woods-Blue Tit(5),Great Tit(4),Coal Tit(5), Great Spotted Woodpecker(1) and Green Woodpecker(1). Butterflies included Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood.

Sully and Barry

Swanbridge at sunrise today just after high tide revealed 61 Ringed Plover on Sully Island along with 13 Turnstone, 11 Oystercatcher and 4 Curlew. A Green Woodpecker was in the trees behind Swanbridge Farm.

On Sully Beach between Burnham Avenue and the sailing club slipway, 42 Turnstone and another 10 Ringed Plover.

At Bendrick Rock singles of Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, singing Chiffchaff and Curlew.

At Barry Old Harbour a Kingfisher, 2 Curlew, 2 Little Egret, 4 Mediterranean Gulls in with 150+ Black-headed Gulls, and a 1st Winter Stonechat.

Lastly at the Knap Lake, 29 Tufted Duck and the returning Lesser Scaup lookalike hybrid.

Dyffryn Lliw Valley

Still morning in the valley. Species included Great Spotted Woodpecker(2),Jay(3), Treecreeper(1),Nuthatch(4), Coal Tit(7),Blue Tit(15),Great Tit(6), Goldcrest(4), Blackcap(5 all feeding on blackberries), Chiffchaff(7), Red Kite(2), Buzzard(2), Sparrowhawk(1),Raven(2), Stonechat(4), Meadow Pipit(2), Blackbird(9), Song Thrush(4), Mistle Thrush(5), House Martin(circa 200 hawking in large flock over the slopes of Mynydd Garn Fach),Bullfinch(7)  Goldfinch(2),Wren(6) and a Robin in almost every bush ! .Totally blanked on Chaffinch and Long Tailed Tit which is unusual.

Kenfig Pool

Highlights of the GBC monthly walk this morning were a Blakc Tern feeding over the pool for some time, a brief visit by an Arctic Tern, a Firecrest in bushes as the south end of the pool [seen earlier by Neil Donaghy – an also yesterday]. Unfortunately I was the only one who saw the latter reasonably clearly – it flitted in a Sycamore then flew across the path into dense Willow and wouldn’t show again. A Wigeon was also on the E Pool shoreline. Other than that there were plenty of Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs. Over 40 species seen.

Lavernock nature reserve

Hundreds of hirundines over heading south (mainly Swallows), with a single Swift in amongst them. Large (c.100) flock of Goldfinch and smaller group of Linnet present. Also single Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler.

Butterflies were probably the highlight though – I saw more in the wild flower meadow than the rest of the year combined! Present were; Clouded Yellow and Painted Lady along with Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Large White and Speckled Wood.

Cosmeston a.m.

Just a quick walk this morning. 3 sightings of Kingfisher involving 2 birds, 1 by W lake grassy ‘beach’ and the other flew under the main bridge E lake > W lake. 8 Tufted Ducks, Little Grebe with 1 imm, GC Grebe with large imm, good number of hirundines [Swallow and House Martin], ad Heron in W lake trees, 1 Mistle Thrush in W paddock.

Cardiff Bay

There’s currently an Arctic Tern in Cardiff Bay. Was seen well by the sails  this morning [by Peter Howlett]. When I was on the barrage late morning it was right over by St David’s Hotel on the RH side [Techniquest/Mermaid Quay side], flying up & down the shore line. Apparently present yesterday also. Other than that today, a good number of House Martins keeping low, at the Cardiff end of the Barrage and the path beyond, plus a few Sand Martins.