One flying north over Canton early this evening.
Grey Wagtail on Afon Cynffig yesterday morning. Tawny Owl x 3 calling early hours of today. 2 Skylark flying South.
22 sanderling, 36 ringed plover, est flock of 12 to 1500 oyster catcher, 10 long t tits viewed from the campus side,
still people leaving dogs off leads putting the birds up despite signs at various places
There was a fledgling Goldfinch begging for food from its parent in the garden today. Possibly a third brood.
Belated reports of a male Hen Harrier on 16th, and a ringtail on 18th. The latter seen and filmed by Frank Ryan.
This site appears to have become a bit of a hotspot for the species in the recording 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.
Two mediterranean gulls circled the car park at the beach briefly at 13:30 before heading east along the coast.
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.
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.
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.
Just a heads up:
Want to know more about Brazil’s Pantanal? Richard Smith will be giving an illustrated talk to the Gower Ornithological Society this Friday 22nd at the Environment Centre – Pier Street (on right hand side of Morgan’s Hotel) Swansea at 7 p.m.
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.
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.
Dipper active near bridge over Afon Cynffig and was sure I heard a Mistle Thrush singing there earlier on. Blackcap in with flock of LT Tits. 8 Swallows over trees, appeared to include young being fed in flight.
Grey Phalarope juvenile very close to the bank down stream from Portabello Island also Common Sandpiper 2 Goosander 3 Kingfisher 2 Canada Goose 458 and one Dunlin also a Greenshank at the Watermill.
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.
Juvenile Redstart in the southern fields, to the west of the Medieval village this evening.
Swift hawking insects with House Martins over the River Cynon at Mountain Ash at 13.55 for 10 minutes. Unfortunately I did not have binoculars with me to get a closer look given the time of year.
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.
Sparrowhawk hunting over Collwyn this morning, harried by Jackdaws. Cormorant checked out weir then flew downstream. 5 House Martin, could be sole remaining pair from Pyle Cross, with young. Mixed Tit flock buioding up and Nuthatch venturing into nearby gardens. Carrion Crow “crocking” like a timid Raven.