St David’s Vale

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.


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.

Porthcawl, Kenfig & Pant Norton

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.

Peterston Moors

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.

GBC trip to Goldcliff/Uskmouth

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.

St Athan

Cattle Egret AberthawVisited 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.