This morning, Ceri Jones and I did a recce of this site, north of Abergavenny, in advance of the club trip there on 23rd May. Some good sightings including Whinchat, Cuckoo, Redstart, Wood Warbler, Tree Pipit and Curlew. We had expected Pied Flycatcher and Red Grouse but sadly there was no sign of either. It was probably a bit early for Spotted Flycatcher but the site looks promising.
First Garden Warbler of the year. Also brief view of Willow Tit – record sent to the GBC Willow Tit Project. Also saw my first Orange Tip butterfly of the year too.
Excellent morning’s birding around Garwnant Forestry Centre. The highlight was an Osprey flying north. A Willow Tit showed well in the car park area as did 5 Crossbills. On the trails were Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, Dipper, Sparrowhawk, Goshawk, Grey Heron, Peregrine, drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker plus several very showy Mistle and Song Thrushes.
Some sightings reported on other platforms today:
Whooper Swan on Flemingston Moor (per Phil Bristow)
2 Short-eared Owls at Sker (per Leah Couch) – also reports of Little Owl in the barn next to Sker House recently
Apologies for non-sighting post. It’s my quarterly request for photos for the GBC newsletter. If you’ve got anything suitable, preferably taken in East Glamorgan, then send them in.
Rather quiet WeBS count this morning. Highlights were Yellow-legged Gull, Shelduck and the highest Swan count for some time (9).
A Goosander was on the moat this morning.
Visited Nelson Wern this morning hoping to find Willow Tit or winter thrushes – failed on both but was delighted to find a YBW in the area behind the ponds. Also present were Water Rail (h), Bullfinch, Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tit ……..
I counted 10 Coal Tits on the garden feeder this morning.
Sea watching from 7:30 til 9:00 produced 9 Common Scoter and 2 Kittiwakes d/c. 2 Mediterrranean Gulls and a Shag were also present. Also surprisingly there was a Merlin battling the winds off-shore. A Harbour Porpoise was close in.
At Kenfig the Great Northern Diver showed well but spent long periods under the water.
A search in vain for the Ring Ouzel at Pant Norton did produce 2 Yellowhammers however.
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?