BIG BIRDING DAY

The GBC Big Birding Day is on Sunday 30th April at Kenfig. Starts at 10 a.m. (although if you want to watch the ringers at work, they’ll be down behind the Arthur Morgan hide from 7.30 a.m. It’s wet down there so wear wellies). We’ve got guided bird walks (the first of which will go down to the coast to catch the tide), bird feeder making, children’s activities, moth trap, plus various stalls – cake, plant, books, crafts, teas & coffees.

Sully

A bit late but I’ve been busy. There were 8 Whimbrel on the rocky beach at Sully this morning, level with the cricket pitch field. Alerted to their presence by Ceri Jones’ tweet. Srtill there at 11 when I left.

Rest Bay-Sker-Kenfig dunes-Rest Bay

Good numbers of wheatears – my first for 2017 – this afternoon. Plenty of Willow Warblers and Whitethroat in the dunes (and lovely orchids). Usual suspects like Linnets, Oystercatchers, Turnstones.  On the way back, we saw three curlew type birds circling between the field at approx SS 794 794 and the coast (the tide was in). The jizz suggested Whimbrel and eventually I got close enough to the birds, which had now landed in the field, to distinguish the crown stripe and supercilium. I see three were reported here on 21st as well. There was at least one, possibly two, other curlew-whimbrel birds along the coast but we didn’t come to a conclusive conclusion on those.

Cosmeston a.m.

A Common Sandpiper flew from the far shore of E lake and appeared to head in to W lake but I couldn’t relocate it there. There were several Reed Warbler singing in the E lake reed bed by the boardwalk. Also 4-5 male Reed Buntings flitting and chasing around there. Also had a damselfly of some sort – took a pic but am now away for w/e without camera.

Sker

There were three reeling grasshopper warblers this morning, two along the edge of the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club and one next to Sker House. A common sandpiper walking along the top of a dry stone wall was also unusual. Three whimbrel and a bar-tailed godwit were on the coast. There were plenty of wheatears about too.

Porthcawl / Lock’s Common

Early morning in pretty calm but cool conditions 0745-1100. Six Whimbrel flew north at Irongate Point, but little else so we moved up to the Common. A newly arrived Whitethroat welcomed us and there were at least 5 Wheatear in among the rocks just to the south of the common. There was some wader movement with an estimated 90 Bar-tailed Godwit in three groups which appeared to be pushed back south by a sudden heavy rain shower and the flew back towards the Ogmore estuary. Apart from that just 2 Swallows and the usual local breeding residents.

Cardiff Bay

A reasonable morning in terms of migrants. 2 lesser whitethroat were in the square area of grass and trees along Windsor Esplanade. 6 whitethroat (3 on the wetland reserve and 3 in Hamadryad Park). A sedge warbler singing very loudly from buddleia in Hamadryad Park.  At least 2 sedge warblers on the wetland reserve and several reed warblers. New reed warbler in Hamadryad Park below the flyover.

Cardiff Bay area

Seems there was a minor arrival of Whitethroats today. Numbers have gone from one on Tuesday, three yesterday and a minimum of nine today. Four in Hamadryad Park, two on the Wetland Reserve, two on the barrage path and one at Grangemoor. There was also a Lesser Whitethroat at Grangemoor on the old gas holder site near the mobile phone mast.

Other birds seemingly new in were Sedge Warblers singing from brambles in Hamadryad Park and at Grangemoor. 

Also several Common Sandpipers, with a minimum of six inc. three at Prospect Place. 

Cosmeston, a.m.

2 Reed Warblers were visible in the flattened centre of W lake reeds, my first of the year. Had brief views of a male Wheatear on the twmp beyond the dragonfly pond before it flew off high to the west. Apparently there was a fem too [per Graham Smith]. Thx to Jeff Curtis for the heads up re the Wheatear.