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Only 8 intrepid souls for our trip to Rhossili and the Worm. The Scoter flock was close to the beach – all Common Scoter with no Velvets found. Off the cliffs there were several Fulmars. Two Purple Sandpipers with Turnstones and 100’s of Oystercatcher. Two Eiders, A Red-throated Diver, Guillemot, Great Crested Grebe and a poss Black throated Diver were off the Worm. On the Vile were Linnets, Goldfinches and Reed Buntings as well as Peregrine and Kestrel. We managed to dodge all the showers. A pleasant, if windy trip. Afterwards we spent a little time at Llanrhidian Marsh until the rain really set in. John Duffy had a Marsh Harrier, and we added Grey Heron, numerous Little Egret, 2 Red Kites and a couple of Snipe. A total of 50 species were seen. Click here to see a trip list. Thanks to all the participants. Happy Christmas one and all.
In fairly atrocious weather, 15 folk joined in the Christmas celebrations on our monthly public birdwalk this morning. We were pleased to log 33 species, the highlights being 2 Great White Egrets in the North shore reedbeds, plus a Sparrowhawk hiding amongst the branches next to the hide.
Great White Egret, Black-headed Gull , Blue Tit , Canada Goose, Chaffinch ,Coot ,
Dunnock , Great Crested Grebe , Redwing, Greenfinch , Herring Gull , Magpie ,
Lesser Black-backed Gull , Mute Swan , Raven , Sparrowhawk , Tufted Duck ,
Woodpigeon , Blackbird , Bullfinch , Carrion Crow , Collared Dove , Cormorant,
Gadwall , Great Tit , Grey Heron , Jackdaw, Long-tailed Tit , Mallard , Pochard,
Song Thrush , Teal , Wigeon .
Everyone enjoyed the ‘beautiful’ decorations, hot mulled juice, mince pies and snacks.
With thanks to Strinda for leading the walk.
From Cosmeston this morning. The drake Scaup found by Graham Smith yesterday was on E lake with all the Tufties. A fem Goldeneye was in the middle of W lake, too distant for a decent photo. A couple of fem Reed Buntings were feeding next to the main boardwalk, and a flock of Goldfinch were feeding in Alder by the car park. One managed to get a beak full of whole Alder cone!
24 species seen in a 2 1/2 hour walk around Bute Park this morning plus a drumming GS Woodpecker heard. Good to see the redwing numbers building in the Paddocks. Hopefully some Fieldfare will soon join them. Full list as follows
Bh gull, lbb gull, woodpigeon, magpie,carrion crow, jackdaw, feral pigeon, goosander,mallard, dipper,starlings, great tit, mistle thrush, song thrush, blackbird, redwing, robin, chaffinch, goldfinch, grey wagtail, pied wagtail, buzzard, grey heron and nuthatch.
Late WeBs on 11th December
Blackbird , Carrion Crow , Coal Tit , Great Tit , Long-tailed Tit , Mallard 17
Mute Swan 5, (another cygnet lost, down to 3) Robin , Treecreeper , Wren
Blue Tit , Chaffinch , Coot 15, Little Grebe 8,, Magpie , Moorhen 8, Nuthatch,
Woodpigeon, Teal 8.
A circular walk this morning via Rhumney Estuary, Rhumney Little Wharf & Cors Crydych Reen starting at 09:15 and lasting 2 1/2 hrs. A distance of about 2 miles. 31 species seen as follows
Mute swan, moorhen, coot, mallard, gc grebe, bh gull, herring gull, LBB gull, tufted duck, teal, shoveler, shelduck, cormorant, grey heron, LT tits, great tit, curlew, oystercatcher, barn owl, starling, peregrine, kestrel,carrion crow, magpie, jackdaw, blackbird, woodpigeon, collared dove, Canada geese, feral pigeon, lapwing.
A late post, but a Woodcock was seen flying at 16:50 on Sunday.
24 species seen this morning including my first Siskins of the Winter.
Blue tit, great tit, Lt tit, coal tit, house sparrow, chaffinch, bullfinch, siskin, robin, wren, blackbird, dunnock, nuthatch, jackdaw, carrion crow, magpie, jay, woodpigeon, grey wagtail, BH gull, mallard, moorhen, goldcrest, grey heron.
Per Dave Bush – 4 Little Egrets were present today, as indeed they were on Mon 3rd.
A non bird news reminder. Tues 4th Dec Richard Smith is giving an illustrated talk on a trip to Peru, travelling from the coast south of Lima, over the High Andes and back.
Yellow-legged Gull A pair of Gadwall the first we have seen here also Water Rail 1 Kingfisher 1 Black-headed Gull 163
Well, I know at first sight this might look amusing, I thought so, Coot as a referee and I recon they could do a pretty good job, no nonsense and could spot a dive when it saw it. However, this poor creature has had this attached to is beak for a week. The staff today made a brave effort to catch him or her but failed to do so. Lets hope that they have better luck tomorrow.
Despite the howling gale and occasional rain, the GBC trip here today was remarkably successful. Myself and 5 other stalwarts were rewarded with 56 species including 3 Avocet, a Spoonbill, 3 Greenshank, 2 Kingfishers, around 200 each of Black-tailed Godwits and Lapwing, plenty of wildfowl, and a Peregrine. However all of these were surpassed by 20 minutes of watching 2 Otters playing around in the pools in front of the Heron’s Wing hide in the Millenium Wetlands – superb. Click here for the full species list.
At the amenities tip late afternoon 32 magpies, 200+ black headed gulls ,150+herring gulls 50 lesser b b gulls ,10 long tailed tits 2 common gulls ,small numbers of jackdaws and carrion crows .a pre roost flock of about 600 jackdaws over Skewen .
VERY wet walk this morning. The only birds of note were a Common Snipe which flushed from the fenced in ‘snipe paddock’, and c.30 Fieldfare which flew out from the canopy of Cogan Wood.
Saturday news: firecrest (male), blackcap, chiffchaff (3)
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23 species seen this morning plus an unidentified grebe. Viewed from St Davids Hotel it was in the reeds in the small bay to the right for only a second before it dived and I couldn’t relocate it. Presumably it went round the corner out of sight. It was the right size for a red-necked grebe but I can’t add any more details I’m afraid. Species seen and definitely identified were BH gull, LBB gull, Herring gull, GBB gull, mallard, moorhen, teal, tufted duck, coot, turnstone, cormorant, mute swan, GC grebe, little grebe, stonechat, robin, blackbird, wren, Reed bunting, starling, magpie, carrion crow, blue tit.
20 species seen in a walk round Lamby Lake and Rhumney Estuary this afternoon.
BH gull, Common Gull, LBB gull, Herring gull, moorhen, coot, mallard, tufted duck, mute swan, GC grebe, grey heron, canada geese, teal, magpie, carrion crow, woodpigeon, robin, LT tits, Jack Snipe and Redshank.
A lap around the pool this morning in the company of PB yielded excellent views of a Great White Egret, happily feeding in the north pool inlet. The Slavonian Grebe is still present and was feeding in the southern part of the pool.