4 adult Little Grebe present in a brief walk this morning. One pair with a half grown young [they did have two] and another adult pair. About 50 Sand Martin feeding over W lake and a few House Martin over E lake near the golf course.


Back after a week in N Norfolk. There were 37 Pochard on W lake [of which only 4-5 were female], plus 2 Gadwall, and the usual Tufties were distributed between both lakes. A sum plum pair of Gt Crested Grebes displayed briefly on W lake. There were 2 Common Gulls on the posts, 50 Redwing flew out of W paddock and a Buzzard was over Cogan Wood.

Indoor meeting Tues 10th

As I’m leaving for Norfolk for a week, I thought I’d post this as a sticky before I go, in case I don’t get a chance during the week. I apologise that it may have to remain as a sticky until I get back [unless I can do the necessary whilst away]. I will re-sticky the records post after the 10th. PS we have full strength WiFi at the hotel so no probs!

So, a reminder that there’s an indoor meeting on Tuesday 10th at 7:45 p.m. KNNR reserve centre. Club member Paul Seligman is giving a slide/video presentation about his trip to the South Atlantic last year so there will be lots of interesting wildlife on show. In addition Paul is offering a prize of a framed print of your choice from the show – details on the night. Do some along as it should be good. Just sorry I can’t be there. John Wilson


At 4:10 p.m. there was a murmuration of 3000+ starling seen from the mian bridge – performed pretty well and eventually dropped into W lake reeds. 2 Bittern were seen by Jeff Curtis [birds seen to fly briefly in 2 widely separate areas of W lake reeds]. Also 1 Kingfisher briefly at dusk. John Wilson [I posted this from the wrong login].

Rhymney Est/ Heliport

Highlights from a re-scheduled WeBS count on the Rhymney Est, Cardiff this morning: 1 Jack Snipe which I nearly trod on!, 1 Kingfisher flyng around over Green Point, 800 Redshank 500 Dunlin, 35 Lapwing, about 120 ea of Pintail & Shelduck, a few Wigeon & Teal, and 11 Turnstone at the Heliport Bay. No sign of the reported 2 Black Redstarts by the water works but there were 8 fishermen along the beach there. {John Wilson – I posted this from the wrong login!}


A Bittern flew from by the Medieval Village access boardwalk at Cosmeston this morning and flew through the trees toward E lake. However later I saw a Bittern deep in the W lake reeds, looking down from the nearest end of W paddock. 2 Lapwing flew over and there was a scattering of Redwing all over.

Cosmeston/Lavernock reserve

Corking male Redstart at Cossie this morning [ta to Lol Middleton for the call], in small clump of trees & bramble on RHS by the small dried out pool beyond the dragonfly pond. Egyptian Goose still present and a few Willow Warbler singing. At Lavernock Reserve, 3-4 Blackcap singing, Chiffie, fem Green ‘Pecker, Swallow, 3 Bullfinch, Greenfinch, 2 Song Thrush singing.

N Gower

Chiffchaff on way out to Whiteford Pt. In addition to the usual wildfowl, 1 Slav Grebe and 1 what was prob a partial moult Slav although we first thought Black-necked but bird v distant. Also 1 G N Diver. Plenty of Sanderling and 10 or so Grey Plover. At Llanridian 2 m Hen Harriers and 1 poss 2 Ringtails came in at around 3 p.m. Also 1 G W Egret. Lucky with the weather. GBC trip.

Adverts on this site

Hi all, it has come to light that for some users, adverts occasionally pop up when using it. I have discovered that this is due to the fact that this is a free facility from WordPress. This possibility was not clear when I first set this up and it does not seem to happen for all browsers/computer set-ups. We will be buying an upgrade shortly which shd eliminate these ads. Further checking has revealed that this only happens to non- registered people who are simply reading the blog, or registered users who are reading  without being signed in. The upgrade will still be installed tho’.

John Wilson