St Athan

Cattle egret still present 1430. Also Comma and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies at Summerhouse Point. Small bat (prob Pipistrelle) on the wing in Penarth this evening. Spring has sprung!

Cardiff Bay

Siberian Chiffchaff still in budleia by st davids hotel, (presumably) regular one in bushes between Dr Who and the barrage.

2 or more Sand Martin that side of bay and a sparrowhawk being chased by crows  and a herring gull and disturbing the pigeons in the few remaining trees between the Paget Road park and Penarth Marina


Oxwich South pond

nice views of the overwintering ringtail harrier this afternoon.. Also present, buzzard, little grebes, mallard, couple of mute swans, pair of teal,singing Cetti’s, and several chiffchaff,.. We also thought we’d heard and seen a willow warbler

Parc Slip NR

I was kindly sent these photos by Tony Fisher, who I see out & about. Some nice record shots of a Goshawk he saw from the northern hide at Parc Slip yesterday. Click on each one for a bigger one. Thanks Tony – nice find – you don’t often see them perched.


Nice to bump in to the GBC ex Chairman, Adrian Murch out & about today with ace Swift box installer, Howard Driver [pic gallery soon to appear on the web site]. Not much of bird interest – c.20-30 Sand Martin fairly high over E lake with a few House Martins, pair of Mistle Thrush and another singing, a pair of Gadwall were the only duck on W lake, and several Chiffchaff along the central path.  nearly forgot –  a spectacular aerial display by a pair of Sparrowhawks over the edge of Cogan Wood. At first I thought it was display with the female slow wing flapping and fanning out the undertail, but after much tumbling and locking of talons she chased him off. This followed a lone male about 15 mins earlier which flew across W paddock and disappeared over the golf course.

Collwyn Pyle

Treecreeper singing in the wood along Afon Cynffig yesterday, heard and then seen. I may previously have thought of it as Goldcrest song, will listen more carefully from now on. 2 Chiffchaff singing and Crow gathering nest material.

Cardiff Bay

At midday the Little Gull was feeding over towards the barrage area in the SE quadrant of the bay, then at around 4:30 p.m. it was mid bay. V v windy on the barrage! No sign of the Iceland Gull at the Mermaid Quay pontoons [or indeed in the Bay] late afternoon.

Cardiff Bay

IMG_5404[1]A 2nd winter Iceland gull was present on the pontoons at Mermaid Quay from 09.15 this morning. Presumably Graham’s bird from yesterday.

Little gull still present showing well at the mouth of the Taff. Also at least 5 med gulls in the bay (2 x 2nd sum; 2nd win; ad sum; 1st year. 9 scaup still.

A female wheatear was present at Hamadryad Park (my first of the year)

Mumbles pier

called to see Paul parsons art exhibion at mumbles pier very good as usual went to see the kittiwakes plenty of birds on the platforms to many to count 32 turnstones 2 redshank 20 + sanderling few of the birds were in the seaweed so couldn’t count them

Clydach/Glais circular

The hope was for spring migrants.Chiffchaff(3) with only one obliging with a song ! Perhaps the greatest surprise was a Painted Lady. Dipper(2) they have built a substantial nest on the metalwork of the by-pass bridge.Goldcrest(2 carrying nest material),Grey Wagtail(2),Jay(1),Lesser Redpoll(5),Cormorant(3 all roosting in a tree on the Tawe),Buzard(1),Moorhen(2).

Llantwit Major

On the GBC weekday trip to Cwm col-Huw today during a 2 hour walk before rain arrived, the highlights were 4 Yellowhammer, 4 Wheatear in a field east of the valley, Peregrine, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, at least 8 Fulmar on the cliffs, several Chiffchaff, 2 pairs of Stonechat and other common species. A bit over 30 species in all.