Cosmeston a.m. – Goldcliff p.m.

At Cossie this morning 1 Kingfisher across W lake, 1 Mistle Thrush W paddock and 3 Bullfinch at RH far end of W paddock feeding on the ground, 2 Buzzard over Cogan Wood, 1 Greylag Goose W lake, and Gareth [The Tax] Jenkins by the cafe!

Goldcliff p.m. – low tide and first hide only – 3 Greenshank, 2 Spotted Redshank, 5 Common Redshank, 3 Little Egret, 1 fem Marsh Harrier, 1 Kes, c200 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 3 Stonechat plus Teal & Shoveler. Of interest was that one of the Common Snipe was bouncing up & down just like a Jack Snipe, but it was definitely a Common as it showed its bill fully. Never seen a Common Snipe do this.

Ringed Gulls in Bracelet Bay

Been several ringed gulls in Bracelet Bay this past week.. My old friend Med gull E825 (been visiting us since 2006 from Antwerp) A Finnish BH gull ST285095 (still waiting the history) and today another Belgium Med gull E913701this time without the plastic DARVIC ring which makes i.d. so much easier..

Talygarn Lake

WeBS count today

Blackbird ,Carrion Crow ,Collared Dove ,Dunnock ,Jackdaw ,Little Grebe ,Magpie, Moorhen ,Nuthatch ,Song Thrush ,Woodpigeon ,Blue Tit ,Coal Tit ,Coot ,Great Tit
Jay ,Long-tailed Tit ,Mallard ,Mute Swan ,Robin ,Teal .Wren .

GBC Kenfig NNR monthly walk

Golden Plover, Lapwing, Sparrowhawk, Goldeneye and Raven the highlights of 51 species seen on today’s GBC monthly walk at a calm, sunny Kenfig NNR. Thanks to Strinda Davies for leading the walk and to all 17 participants who came along.

Full species list: Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mallard, Teal, Goosander, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Goldeneye, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Moorhen, Coot, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Raven, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Skylark, Cetti’s Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch and Reed Bunting.

Cardiff Bay

1-ad-Med. Gull with BHGulls on concrete jetty up river at rowing club jetty.It had a wide red ring with numbers and/or letters on its right leg which I couldn’t read.Also it had a narrow silver coloured ring on its left leg.Should have had my scope,with hindsight!!


The GND of y’day was apparently still n E lake at 9 a.m. today but I and several others could not find it on either lake late morning. Ditto the Pintail. The imm Iceland Gull on E lake this morning was a nice find by Mike Pointon [see photo in his post below], before it flew off just before I got to where he was standing!. The Redpolls haven’t been seen for a couple of days.

Ogmore & KNNR

Exc. GBC trip today with 21 participants. Total of 62 species seen with highlights of 2 v smart Med Gulls, 1 AdW at Portobello and 1 Ad with almost full hood at Ogmore-by Sea, 13 Goldeneye, no Purple Sands on the rocks sadly, Slav Grebe at Kenfig Pool and finally 2 Short-dared Owls seen flying in the dunes observed from a high point not far from the reserve centre. 1 was seen to circle up very high in the company of a Kestrel [apparently also seen to do this yesterday by Dave Carrington]. The full trip list is available as a pdf from the <Sightings><GBC Trip Lists> menu item on the main web site – here’s a link –