Excellent morning’s birding. 44 species recorded inc. Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Common Snipe and Grey Wagtail. Still a steady stream of Swallows overhead with lesser numbers of Sand and House Martins. Quite a few thrushes about but no sign of any “winter” thrushes yet.
There was a fledgling Goldfinch begging for food from its parent in the garden today. Possibly a third brood.
Yesterday Ceri Jones, Mike Pointon & I saw two Swifts over the barrage. Lots of House and Sand Martins there also.
Did my WeBS this morning. Highlight was Kingfisher. Good to see Moorhen with 3 young and Mute Swans with 5 cygnets. Last month, I counted 209 Canada Geese, this month only 31. Perhaps they’ve gone on their summer hols.
A bit belated I’m afraid. Here’s the trip list from the GBC trip last Wednesday courtesy of Gareth Jenkins:
Total list 62 species; Little Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Buzzard, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Knot, Dunlin, Black tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper (seen by 1 ! ), Turnstone, Mediterranean Gull (1 seen), Black headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Swift (1 seen)Great spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker (heard), Skylark, Sand Martin,Swallow, House Martin, Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Stonechat, Blackbird, Cettis Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting.
One other notable sighting was a Water Vole swimming across the reen at Goldcliff.
It’s my quarterly request for photos for the next GBC newsletter (due out in July). If you’ve got any (preferably taken in East Glam or on a GBC trip), please send them in.
Visited early doors, before the cattle had been let into the field. Four Little Egrets were present. Returned an hour or so later, when the cattle were out and the Cattle Egret flew in.
Went on later to Aberthaw, where there were 59 Wigeon at the mouth of the river.
Cracking mornings birding with John Duffy & Tim Adcock. 52 species seen including Sand Martin, Jack Snipe, 35 Common Snipe, 2prs Dipper, 2 Goosander, 4 Green Sandpipers, 10 Lesser Redpoll, 11 Teal, 7 Stock Doves plus 5 raptor sp.
Signs of migration. 30 Redwings flew over the house this afternoon
Apologies for non-sighting post but I’m sorting out the next GBC newsletter. Has anyone got photos, taken in Glamorgan, for inclusion?
Huge count of 68 Snipe (one of which was later taken by a Peregrine) and 61 Teal today on the Ely floodplain. Large flock of Redwing with a few Fieldfare mixed in. (ASR, JFD & TA)
Some excellent birding today (with John F Duffy & Tim Adcock). Hundreds of Redwing with lesser numbers of Fieldfare amongst them. Also 7 Green Sandpipers, 2 Dippers, 4 Grey Wagtails, 33 Snipe, Water Rail, 5 Lesser Redpolls and a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker. A very strange Starling with a white tail had us going for a while.
Two Red head Goosanders on the moat
I’m starting to put together the January GBC newsletter. Any photos gratefully received- preferably taken in East Glam.
Male Goosander on the moat this morning
Thirty six (36) Snipe in the flooded fields alongside the Ely river this morning.
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.
As John Wilson is unavailable, I’ll be leading this one. Meet either at St. Margaret’s Road in Whitchurch at 9.15 a.m. or in the small car park below the Plough & Harrow in Monknash at 10 a.m. (SS918705)
Chris Hodgson has been in touch. Sadly he’s had a break in and his scope was stolen – an Opticron with angled eyepiece. If you hear of anyone trying to sell one, please get in touch.
Don’t forget that it’s the first GBC indoor meeting of the season tomorrow evening. Paul Bowden will be speaking on “The Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil”. Kenfig Reserve Centre at 7.45 p.m. Hope to see you there.