(61 species noted) A superb male Black Redstart with a blazing white wing panel (race gibraltariensis) has been present at the caravan site for last two days along with a duller female/immature bird. Still present this morning at least. Emma may add some photos later. The best place to observe the birds is from the height of the coastpath SS417929 looking back east over the rooftops of the caravans. Chris Gerdon one of the other birders on site has said last night they were ranging as far as the farm buildings at SS420929. This morning a Merlin flew west at the Farm and over Broughton Burrows. Yesterday there was a Nuthatch calling at Delvid Farm and the day before (25th) saw 60 Gannet, 8 Common Scoter and 25 Razorbill out in Broughton Bay; several Redwings, a Grey Wagtail and a Coal Tit were present at Delvid Farm and a juvenile Hobby paused on a post briefly before flying west through Delvid Burrows. Moor Lake has hosted 3 Teal, 4 Moorhen and 2 Water Rail and 2 Chough have been ranging last few days between Bluepool in the west to Prissen’s Tor in the east, calling regularly.
Biggest number of gulls I’ve ever seen here on the water tonite. Must be close to 1000 birds.. Mixed block of herring,lbb,gbb,med,bh… Too many to scan in the disappearing light.. There must be a rarity here somewhere 😎
Yesterday while I was looking for Hornets at Porthkerry Park, I came across a Yellow-browed warbler at ST09286768. It was calling, but practically impossible to photograph.
Black Redstart fem/imm on the outer harbour rocks by the white railings.
fem\imm black redstart on the National Trust roof, good numbers of birds in the vile, 60+ skylark, 50+ linnet, 10+ reed bunting, several hundred starling and jackdaw, 15+ meadow pipit, plenty of dunnock,robin,wren.
50+ chaffinch moving west in small groups from Overton, 12 blackbird,10 song thrush, 20+ redwing. 7 yellowhammer at Overton
A greater Spotted Woodpecker was drumming today from a tree on the island at 17h00.Haven’t heard drumming in October before!!
I had a call from Sue Webster this evening. She is keen to go to the WOS Conference on 5th November in Myddfai but requires a lift. If you’re going and could help her out please call her on 01922629547.
Apologies for non-sighting post, but a reminder about the GOS talk on Friday and those for the winter of 2016/17
A Fox running along Swansea Beach towards the Civic Centre at quarter past twelve last night was a strange sight. Redwings were heard flying overhead here and in Sketty.
Baby grass snake on the path from the Prince Of Wales pub to the pond.
6 woodlark flew across the valley and seemed to drop down by the trees/field by the farm. They were calling a few times , which is what drew my attention to them. I didn’t manage to re-find them. Ed Hunter picked up a YB warbler , I heard a second calling close by. A couple of Brambling, 3 swallow,1 yellowhammer, 12 blackbird, 8 song thrush, 4 blackcap.
between pilton green to foxhole slide, good numbers of skylark moving up the coast from Rhosilli direction, plenty of stubble fields around here which they were dropping into. 250 plus, 8 yellowhammer seen together.
Quieter than of late, with a late reed warbler, small numbers of chiffchaffs and goldcrests etc. Now up to almost 30 redwing captured this year.
Quieter than previous weeks. Cormorant(1), Mallard(7),Treecreeper(1),Buzzard(2),Red Kite(1),Coal Tit(4),Goldcrest(4),Great Tit(8),Blue tit(8),Bullfinch(22), Jay(6).On the slopes below Bwllfa Isaf-Redwing (120+),Mistle Thrush(4),Ring Ouzel(1),Song Thrush(6),Blackbird(10).Good to meet Mr Tallack on the way down.
Yellow browed warbler heard calling in riverside trees by Bute Park Education Centre mid morning.
Cwrt yr ala Lane, I Stonechat. c.100 Canada Geese overhead.
Birds on Kenfig’s hidden bird table this week.
8 Reed Buntings in reeds by the new dipping pool boardwalk, 6 juv Wood Pigeon in a tree there and 2 Jay over, 70 Canadas on W lake, 6 Pochard [5m 1f], 1 Wigeon and 30 Tufties on W lake, and 2 Herons, 1 on E lake near the bridge and 1 by W lake posts. Flock of LT Tits near the bird table.
Ad Med Gull on the slipway.
YBW calling and seen very briefly in trees above path between the two cafes
On Thursday morning’s high tide on Sully Island 1 Redshank, 67 Oystercatcher, 13 Curlew, 44 Ringed Plover, 12 Turnstone, 1 Grey Heron and a Little Egret. Another 28 Turnstone on Sully Beach.