Sully and Llwyn On

Six Whimbrel at Bendrick Rock early this morning at high tide. Shortly afterwards an adult Mediterranean Gull on Sully Beach along with 200+ Black-headed Gulls. An adult Great Black-backed Gull was on Sully Island.

Yesterday morning at Llwyn On reservoir, where the low water level has exposed lots of mud and a bridge, 4 House Martin repeatedly visiting the water’s edge, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Great Black-backed Gull and 4 Grey Heron. In the nearby forestry plantation on the east side of the A470, 9 Crossbill, 2 Raven and 1 Tree Pipit.

GBC Field Trip to Llanwonno

Great views of several Nightjar on last night’s GBC field trip to Llanwonno on a calm, warm evening with clear skies. Many thanks to John Wilson for leading the trip and to everyone who came along.

At least 29 species were seen or heard on the evening, with the full list being: Grey Heron, Woodpigeon, Tawny Owl, Nightjar, Swift, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Carrion Crow, Raven, Skylark, House Martin, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Goldcrest, Wren, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Stonechat, Dunnock, Tree Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Lesser Redpoll and Reed Bunting.

Cadoxton Ponds – WeBS count and other species

Just Mallard, Canada Goose, Mute Swan and Tufted Duck on this morning’s BTO WeBS count at Cadoxton Ponds. Twenty five other species recorded included 5 Cetti’s Warbler, singing Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Reed Warbler, and a Sedge Warbler in song flight. The swift caller on the new swift tower seems to be working well. There were 5 Swift over Cadoxton seen from the reserve, along with 2 House Martin and 3 Swallow.

GBC Field Trip to Cefn Cadlan and Cwm Cadlan

Many thanks to John Wilson for leading Sunday’s GBC field trip to Cefn Cadlan and Cwm Cadlan, and to all 22 participants who came along on a warm, sunny day.

In total 38 bird species were seen or heard, including Cuckoo, Redstart, Tree Pipit, Red Kite, Peregrine, Kestrel and Wheatear.

Possibly the most surprising record of the trip was Yellowhammer, almost completely absent from North Glamorgan during the latest BTO breeding season Atlas survey: http://www.eastglamorganbirdatlas.org.uk/B2008/Y_.shtml

Full species list: Red Kite, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Cuckoo, Swift, Green Woodpecker, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Raven, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Skylark, Swallow, House Martin, Willow Warbler, Wren, Nuthatch, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Redstart, Stonechat, Wheatear, Pied Wagtail, Tree Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Yellowhammer and Reed Bunting.

GBC Big Birding Day at Kenfig NNR

Many thanks to all the visitors and volunteers who took part in Glamorgan Bird Club’s Big Birding Day at Kenfig NNR today. Highlights among the 69 bird species seen or heard included Cuckoo, Lesser Whitethroat, Little Owl, Purple Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Swift, Swallow, Sand Martin and House Martin.

Full species list: Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Pheasant, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Coot, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Sanderling, Purple Sandpiper, Dunlin, Whimbrel, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Feral Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Cuckoo, Little Owl, Swift, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Skylark, Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Cetti’s Warbler, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Goldcrest, Wren, Treecreeper, Starling, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Stonechat, Wheatear, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Bullfinch and Reed Bunting.

GBC Field Trip to Craig Cerrig Gleisiad and Garwnant

Low cloud over Craig Cerrig Gleisiad this morning meant we started in the woods around the nearby youth hostel. Highlights there included several Pied Flycatcher and Redstart, Tree Pipit and two Marsh Tit.

Later, as the clouds cleared and the sun came out, we headed to Craig Cerrig Gleisiad, seeing Stonechat and Wheatear on the way up along with Meadow Pipit and singing Skylark. After a long search, some of the party headed back down, but Ian Hartrey then found two Ring Ouzel. After 20 minutes or so searching, we managed to re-find one of them as it flew across the hillside and landed in a tree, before losing sight of it as it dropped onto the scree.

Some of the party went on for a brief visit to Garwnant. Additions to the day list there included Willow Tit, Grey Wagtail and Dipper.

Thanks to John Wilson for leading today’s field trip and to all 22 participants who came along.

Full species list:
Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Crow, Raven, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Willow Tit, Marsh Tit, Skylark, Swallow, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Goldcrest, Wren, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Dipper, Ring Ouzel, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Stonechat, Wheatear, Dunnock, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Tree Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Siskin and Linnet.

GBC Field Trip to WWT Llanelli

Spoonbill, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Ring-necked Duck and Brambling were the highlights of 53 species seen or heard on GBC’s field trip to WWT Llanelli on Sunday. Thanks to Alan Rosney for leading and to all 18 participants who came along.

Full species list: Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, Ring-necked Duck, Tufted Duck, Spoonbill, Grey Heron, Great White Egret, Little Egret, Cormorant, Buzzard, Peregrine, Water Rail, Moorhen, Lapwing, Knot, Dunlin, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff, Wren, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Brambling, Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Bullfinch.

GBC Field Trip to Forest of Dean

Fine views on today’s GBC Field Trip of a Great Grey Shrike (excellent find by Tate Lloyd) seen south of the path from Three Brothers to Burnt Log. Several Hawfinch were by the cricket ground at Parkend, and there were 15+ Mandarin Duck at Cannop Ponds where a Marsh Tit gave close views.

In all 42 species seen or heard today, and many thanks to all 22 participants who came along.

Full species list:
Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Mandarin Duck, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Buzzard, Moorhen, Coot, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Grey Shrike, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Raven, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Dunnock, Grey Wagtail, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Bullfinch and Hawfinch.

Gileston and Barry

From the coast path west of Gileston beach car park this morning, a singing Yellowhammer and Skylarks, 2 male Stonechat, 22 Lapwing, 14 Curlew and 3 Raven. In Limpert Bay 6 Brent Geese (5 pale-bellied, 1 dark-bellied), 95 Wigeon, 10 Shelduck, 7 Oystercatcher and 2 Rock Pipit.

Early afternoon in Barry Old Harbour 2 Curlew, 8 Redshank, 2 Shelduck, 1 Oystercatcher and a Little Egret. In Barry Docks 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Raven, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull and a Great Northern Diver.

Barry Old Harbour

Two visits to Barry Old Harbour in the last 3 days produced a number of species infrequently seen at this site. On Thursday 5 Ringed Plover were present and this afternoon birds included 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Fieldfare (including birds on an area of seaweed), Redwing, 1 Common Gull, 1 Snipe and a Lapwing.

Also present today species more regularly seen here including 2 Curlew, 2 Shelduck, 11 Redshank, 1 Rock Pipit and a high count for this site of 48 Dunlin.

Birds mostly viewed from the footpath that runs along the west side of the causeway to Barry Island.

GBC Field Trip to Dryslwyn, Cilsan Bridge and Tregaron

Ringtail Hen Harrier, Whooper Swans, Pink-footed Geese, Great White Egret and Tree Sparrow were the highlights of 57 species seen or heard on Sunday’s GBC field trip to Dryslwyn, Cilsan Bridge and Tregaron.

Thanks to all 12 participants for an enjoyable day’s birding in a sunny but cold Mid Wales.

Full species list: Mute Swan, Whooper Swan, Pink-footed Goose, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Goosander, Little Grebe, Grey Heron, Great White Egret, Little Egret, Cormorant, Red Kite, Hen Harrier, Buzzard, Peregrine, Lapwing, Snipe, Curlew, Green Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Raven, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest, Wren, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Starling, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Stonechat, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Bullfinch.

GBC Kenfig NNR monthly walk

Golden Plover, Lapwing, Sparrowhawk, Goldeneye and Raven the highlights of 51 species seen on today’s GBC monthly walk at a calm, sunny Kenfig NNR. Thanks to Strinda Davies for leading the walk and to all 17 participants who came along.

Full species list: Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mallard, Teal, Goosander, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Goldeneye, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Moorhen, Coot, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Raven, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Skylark, Cetti’s Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch and Reed Bunting.

GBC field trip to Whiteford Point and Llanrhidian

Many thanks to all 21 participants who came along on yesterday’s GBC field trip to Whiteford Point and Llanrhidian on a sunny, breezy and at times cold day. Highlights among the 80 species seen or heard included Black-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Marsh Harrier, Red-breasted Merganser, Eider, Woodcock, Merlin and Great White Egret.

Full species list:

Mute Swan, Brent Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Eider, Common Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Great Northern Diver, Great Crested Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Grey Heron, Black-necked Grebe, Great White Egret, Little Egret, Cormorant, Red Kite, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Knot, Sanderling, Dunlin, Jack Snipe, Common Snipe, Woodcock, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Tawny Owl, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Raven, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Skylark, Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest, Wren, Treecreeper, Starling, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Stonechat, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Bullfinch and Reed Bunting.

Rudry, Coed Parc-y-Van and North Glamorgan ponds

St James’ Church, Rudry – Hawfinch still present and favouring the south-west corner of the churchyard.

Siskin, Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker on the feeders and Treecreeper nearby at Coed Parc-y-Van car park.

5 Goldeneye (1m 4f) and a drake Goosander on Rhaslas Pond, 3 Goosander (2m, 1f) on Bute Town pond, and a Goosander pair at Parc Cwm Darran.

A Red-breasted Goose was at Parc Taf Bargoed this afternoon (presumably the same one that’s been at Caerphilly Castle and Rhaslas Pond recently). Also present 1 Mute Swan, 10 Little Grebe, 22 Canada Geese, 7 Moorhen, 45+ Mallard and a Coot.

GBC Field Trip to Forest Farm

Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Water Rail, Snipe, Dipper and Goosander were the highlights of 35 species on this week’s GBC field trip to a wet Forest Farm. Thanks to John Wilson for leading and to all who came along.

Full species list: Mallard, Goosander, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Peregrine, Water Rail, Moorhen, Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Kingfisher, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Raven, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Dipper, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Siskin and Bullfinch.

It was just me [John W] who dropped in briefly to Cardiff Bay Wetlands as I went home. The only ‘extras’ I saw were Coot, Gt Crested Grebe Lesser B-b Gull and Tufted Duck.

Taff Trail – Cefn Coed y Cymer and Penmoelallt

Circular walk yesterday starting at the lower car park at Cyfarthfa Park then more or less following the Taff Trail up the west side of the Taff, over Cefn Coed viaduct, up through Penmoelallt forestry, returning via a forestry track and Penmoelallt Farm, then down through Cefn Coed and past the lake at Cyfarthfa Park to the car park.

Kingfisher near the confluence of the Taf Fawr and Taf Fechan, Siskin, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Redwing and Goldcrest nearby and 2 Dipper further up the Taf Fawr in Cefn Coed.

Willow Tit near the Outdoor Classroom in Penmoelallt, 20+ Fieldfare and a few Redwing further into the forestry, a hunting Sparrowhawk, a perched Crossbill pair giving great views in the sunshine, and a few Redpoll moving round the forestry.