There was a Cetti’s Warbler singing its head off on the RHS at the end of the main boardwalk before it goes under the trees, this morning. First I’ve heard there for quite some time. A Sparrowhawk had a go at a flock of c.50 Goldfinch near the dragonfly pond. Otherwise v quiet, although there was apparently some good vis mig at Lavernock earlier [per Jeff Curtis/Graham Smith]. There are apparently huge numbers of Linnet in the coastal fields, and this morning Graham found a morbid juv Common Rosefinch!! – which had been predated judging by its injuries.

Rhymney Est [Green Point]

Delayed WeBS count this morning [Sunday was awful!]. For the first time ever in doing this count for c.20 yrs, I saw no waders! There were 710 Shelduck, 22 Pintail, 6 Shoveler, 15 Mallard, a Grey Heron and 4 Cormorants. Also 2 Rock Pipits and a very pale breasted Buzzard. Walked around all the shallow pools but couldn’t find a Jack Snipe.

EGBR 2017

Not a sighting but just a heads up that the 2017 East Glam Bird Report files will shortly be taken to our printer. It’s been a big job as always and a big vote of thanks goes to all who have helped in its preparation and of course all the observers who take the trouble to log their observations by whatever means, and our many talented photographers.

Barry and Sully

Visits this morning/early afternoon (high tide 1100):
Cadoxton Ponds (including WeBS count): Kingfisher, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, Redwing
Barry Docks: male Stonechat, Med. Gull, Great Crested Grebe, Mute Swan
Barry Old Harbour: Little Egret, Curlew, Mute Swan
Knap Lake: Grey Wagtail on the feeder stream, 21 Tufted Duck, 21 Mute Swan, 70 Black-headed Gull
Swanbridge and Sully Island: 8 Curlew, 42 Oystercatcher, 18 Turnstone
Sully beach: 2 Wheatear, 30+ Ringed Plover, 15+ Turnstone, 2 Curlew

Barry Docks and Sully

Mediterranean Gull (adult, winter plumage) late this afternoon on railings at Barry waterfront with 25+ Black-headed Gulls. A Grey Wagtail nearby, on rooftops initially then at water’s edge. Rock Pipits here, and later also at Bendrick Rock and Sully beach.

Great views of a male Sparrowhawk which perched a couple of times in between half-heartedly upsetting the local Goldfinches in the scrubby area behind the Vale’s recycling facility on Atlantic Trading Estate.

Two Mute Swans on the sea between Hayes Point and Bendrick Rock, 63 Canada Geese in flight over Sully beach heading towards Sully Moors/Cosmeston and at sunset a Curlew and 14 Ringed Plover heading up channel along Sully beach towards Sully Island.

GBC trip to WWT Steart Marshes

On Sat 13th 12 participants braved the strong wind for a visit to this reserve which gets better and better. We saw some quality birds in the 59 species logged: Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler, Pheasant, Little Grebe, 1 Glossy Ibis, 1 Spoonbill, 12 Cattle Egret!!, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Cormorant, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, Merlin, Hobby, Moorhen, Coot, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Knot, 2 Little Stint, Dunlin, Ruff, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, 2 Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Raven, Blue Tit, Skylark, Cetti’s Warbler, Wren, Starling, Blackbird , Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, and Linnet.

Ogmore field outing

Fab day out with the Glamorgan Bird Club to the Ogmore Estuary yesterday. The full trip list was:

Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Eurasian Wigeon, Mallard, Little Grebe, Little Egret, Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Eurasian Curlew, Greenshank, Common Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Raven, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Skylark, Long-tailed Tit, Common Chiffchaff,  Goldcrest, Wren, Nuthatch, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, European Stonechat, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Linnet, Bullfinch


The Hobby was still around this morning. I saw it briefly as it disappeared over Cogan Wood, having come from the W lake direction. It was seen yesterday afternoon hawking dragonflies over W lake, and has been seen over the children’s playground area. A flock of c. 50-60 Hirundines was over W lake and higher this morning, comprised of House Martins and Swallows. I had a brief Sparrowhawk yesterday and a couple of Chiffchaffs at the far end of E paddock, plus what I am sure were 3 Redwing. If they called I didn’t hear it, although that’s par for the course these days! but they flew over me in silhouette so no markings seen but the flight was typical Redwing and they dived into cover in a bank with lots of Hawthorn berries. I searched that for a while but couldn’t locate them. A pair of Stonechat are hanging out around the snipe paddock.


A lot of hirundines in a mixed flock of c.100 at Cosmeston this morning – mainly Swallow and House Martin but a few Sand Martin as well. It may account for the Hobby that flew over the cafe heading towards Lavernock where it may still be – this was at around 1 p.m. Probably the bird that Graham Smith saw couple of days ago. Also a Sparrowhawk flew over. Male Stonechat by the snipe paddock.


A reminder that the first Glamorgan Bird Club indoor meeting of this autumn/winter period is on Tues 2nd Oct, at KNNR starting at 7:45 p.m. The meeting comprises a talk on Peregrines and Goshawks by Stephen Watson. We should learn some interesting facts about these two impressive raptors.


66 Ringed Plover by the sailing club slipway on Sully beach this morning shortly after high tide. Easily my highest count on Sully beach in the last seven years. With them 4 Dunlin.

10 Curlew and 35 Oystercatcher on Sully Island at high tide. 43 Turnstone between Sully Island and Bendrick Rock.

At the playing fields 100+ Starling, 20+ Pied Wagtail, 1 Med Gull (Ad, WP) in with 175 Black-headed Gulls, Stonechat. Trickle of Swallows through feeding over the beach and playing fields, and including a few resting briefly on wires.