Cosmeston

There were approx 250 Tufted Duck this morning – at least 200 on E lake and the others on W lake. Also 1 drake Shoveler, 9 Gadwall, and 17 Pochard on W lake. 1 Common Gull noted. I had a 3rd cal yr Yellow-legged Gull 2 days ago. Have photo but not taken off camera yet.

Starlings in Bridgend

Tonight’s murmuration mainly over Oaklands Road was an impressive sight with more aerobatics. Most of the birds appeared to mass on wires south of Broadlands before heading over here. It was enlivened by a Sparrowhawk successfully attacking the flock and knocking a bird which it took after it plunged into a local garden. There were 2,000 Starling together at one stage and the majority of them dropped into conifers between Oaklands Road and Broadlands between 1625-1635h.

Cosmeston

First visit after returning from a week in Norfolk. 19 Teal on W lake was a good count for the site. Otherwise nothing over and above the usual suspects although there were a couple of Common Gulls.

Also good news is that the leader of the now Conservative Vale Council, Councillor John Thomas has decided that the proposal for a wakeboarding facility at the lakes is not to be OK’d. Although there is still an planning application in place, as landowners the Vale Council will not allow any new facility of that type to be built. More detail can be seen on the Penarth Daily News blog – click here.

Murmurations

Just enjoyed watching 2,000 Starling going to roost in conifers between Oaklands Road and Broadlands, Bridgend. The flock had been slowly building up in number over the past couple of weeks and fragments have been performing aerobatics this evening. Most of them seem to come in from the south east gradually from about 4.15pm, settling in by about 4.45 usually. The sound right now is amazing and I’m only about several hundred yards away looking down on them.

Port Eynon

Great Northern Diver currently (11:45) in Port Eynon bay, near the Salthouse/Youth Hostel. Also 5 Brent Geese, Curlew and several Ringed Plover (ie the usual crew).

Edit – went for a walk later in the day (3:15), and the diver had disappeared, to be replaced by a Merganser (rather distant pic as I didn’t have my big lens this time)RBM

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White-fronted Geese at Kenfig Pool

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I popped down to check for these at midday, ran into Rob Jones (@glambirder) and by about 1245h they flew in from the east with some Canada Geese. They were wary but eventually swam out and waddled onto the north shore and walked up the field. They look to be albifrons race. The south side of the hedge overlooking north shore was a good hide to pop a few record shots off. Still present at 1400h.

GBC field trip to Whiteford Point and Llanrhidian

Many thanks to all 21 participants who came along on yesterday’s GBC field trip to Whiteford Point and Llanrhidian on a sunny, breezy and at times cold day. Highlights among the 80 species seen or heard included Black-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Marsh Harrier, Red-breasted Merganser, Eider, Woodcock, Merlin and Great White Egret.

Full species list:

Mute Swan, Brent Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Eider, Common Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Great Northern Diver, Great Crested Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Grey Heron, Black-necked Grebe, Great White Egret, Little Egret, Cormorant, Red Kite, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Knot, Sanderling, Dunlin, Jack Snipe, Common Snipe, Woodcock, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Tawny Owl, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Raven, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Skylark, Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest, Wren, Treecreeper, Starling, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Stonechat, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Bullfinch and Reed Bunting.