Ogmore Estuary

A Little Stint was in a mixed flock – of Sanderling, Ringed Plover and Dunlin – on the beach between Ogmore and Newton. Sightings along the estuary included Whinchat, Dipper (juvenile on Portobello), three Kingfishers, Greenshank and four Black-tailed Godwits.


Highlight this morning comprised 2 fem/imm Common Redstarts in the long W paddock hedgerow, by the second ‘plateau’ behind the dragonfly pond. Also 2 Green ‘Peckers, 2 ad Little Grebes in W lake ‘bay’, and a ‘kettle’ of 3 Buzzards. Plus nice to bump in to my Bird Report collaborator David Gilmore.

Lisvane res

The black terns are still present this evening, though best seen from the Black Oak platform side as they seem to be keeping to that area. Only had quite distant views in the bins from the other side without my scope, but great birds.


1 Common Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 6+ Chiffchaff, 10 Goldfinch, mostly juvs, 10 Long-t tit, 4 Greenfinch, 5 Linnet, 2 juv Green ‘Pecker, mixed flock of c.30 hirundines, GC Grebe young x 3 as big as the ads now, 1 ad Little Grebe [2 yesterday], 6 Tufted Duck.

Cardiff Barrage

A seawatch from the southern end of the barrage this morning 07:20-09:15 produced at least 6 Storm Petrels past, most a long way off shore but one came inside the Outer Wrach buoy (1000m offshore) so about 800-900m away.

Also a Porpoise with a calf surfaced a few times just inside the Outer Wrach buoy.



blustery out on the marsh but good numbers of Dunlin and ringed plover ( roughly 600+ and 300+ ). Hard to get accurate counts as there was much movement of the birds. 

4 curlew sandpiper ( 1 ad and 3 juvs). 3 turnstone, 6 knot, 10 blackwit through, 1 peregrine and 5 wheatear.

Tutt head

balearic shearwater on the sea and into swansea bay at 15.20, 1 pale Arctic skua 15.45.

around 10 to 15 juv kittiwakes was better than the morning at Port Eynon, about 40 kittiwake with only 2 juvs. 20 fulmar, 8 gannet, 6 c scoter, only 20 Manx was the early start at P E


GBC Monthly Walk at Kenfig NNR

Thanks to Strinda Davies for leading today’s GBC monthly walk at Kenfig. Seven participants in blustery and showery conditions saw or heard 34 species in total. Highlights were 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Lapwing along the east shore of Kenfig Pool, along with 2 flyover Redshank.

Full list:
Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing, Redshank, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Robin, Wren, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Linnet, Mallard, Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Starling, Blackbird, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Jackdaw, Raven, Chiffchaff, Swallow, Sand Martin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit.