A drake Goosander was on W lake Cosmeston when I arrived this morning but was gone by the time I returned to the cafe. A Grey Wag flew along Sully Brook by the Medieval Village. Both birds I haven’t seen at Cossie for a while. Around 20 Redwing were in W paddock.


Walk from Sully cricket field along the coast to Sully sports field and back. 2 [a pair] Stonechat by cricket field. On the sports field –  22 Curlew, 150 Starling, 10 Oycs and 50+ Black-headed Gulls and 1 AdW Med Gull with them which looked like the one that was at Cosmeston the other day from the blackish pattern on the head.

Various sites

Local news from the web today: Slav Greb & Otter at Kenfig Pool; Black Redstart stiil at Caravan site Trecco Bay/Newton Pt; 4 Cattle Egret still Zigzag lane Porthcawl; 3 Jack Snipe Peterston-super-Ely moors; Purple Sand Ogmore rocks and also Newton Pt; Water Pipit and Common Sand Ogmore Est; GW Egret Tirfounder Fields.


Cosmeston. 1 redpoll briefly in alder nr cafe. 1 prob Jack Snipe flushed low & short from hollow nr dragonfly pond, 1 water rail and 2 common snipe in snipe paddock. There were also 2 Gt Spotted Woodpeckers in a tree by the mile road/boardwalk path ‘T’ junction. In addition there was a drake Aythya hybrid – a Pochard x Tufted Duck drake – very smart bird, and a pair of Gt Crested Grebes showing signs of display.


A very smart Pochard x Tufted duck drake hybrid was in the bay at the RH end of W lake this morning. The only other thing of note was a Green Woodpecker in W paddock which flew into an adjacent tree, and another was heard calling.

Cosmeston & elsewhere

Pretty quiet this morning, the only thing of real interest, a lone Fieldfare feeding on Hawthorn by E. Lake near the main bridge. The Tufty flock remains at about 100 and Pochard about 15, and the usual Gadwall, GCG and Little Grebes. A few Goldfinch were feeding in the Alders near the cafe but no sign of any Siskin [seen by Wayne Strong yesterday].

Elsewhere in other media/fora male Hen Harrier at Cwm Cadlan yesterday afternoon, and Gt Grey Shrike still in the nearby clearfell, SEO over fields by Saltmarsh Lane, Goldcliff, Gwent, Green Sand, 2 Common Sand, 2 Water Pipit and fishing Otter near Portobello – Ogmore TODAY.

Cold windy and chilly Barrage.

Was hoping to tick off the final one of the 5 ‘British’ grebes before the end of Jan but no sign of the Cardiff Bay Black-necked this morning along the whole length of the inner barrage shoreline. 2 redhead Goosander were in the bay near the big blue ‘dome’ that was Dr. Who experience. On R. Ely shoreline by Penarth Marina 1 Redshank [usual one with yellow leg ring], and 1 Grey Wag. 60 Cormorant were on the inner barrage ‘jetty’ and 4 Common Gull on the orange floats. Also on Barrage 1 Rock Pipit, several Meadow Pipits in the fenced grass area where the funfair was.

Kenfig Pool and Porthcawl

There was a successful GBC trip to Kenfig NNR and sites in Porthcawl dodging the showers today. Some or all of 14 participants had these highlights amongst 57 species: At Kenfig Pool – Slavonian Grebe, Gt White Egret, and drake Goldeneye, plus Oystercatcher {unusual by the pool}; at Wilderness Pond – 5 Goosander {3m, 2f} and an AdW Med Gull; at nearby Zigzag Lane – 4 Cattle Egret; and at Newton Point – 2 Purple Sandpiper, 6+ Grey Plover, 1 Sanderling, several Turnstones. Only ‘no’show’ was the recently seen Black Redstart around the Beach Cafe by Rhych Point.

The other recent GBC trip was to Whiteford Point on Gower, where an amazing 34 participants saw 70 species. I couldn’t make that trip but the list can be seen here: Click here

This takes you to a pdf of the list.

2018 Records

Records!! My thanks to the nine people who have already sent me their records for 2018. If you are someone who sends in their records direct to me rather than using BirdTrack or SEWBReC and haven’t done so yet, then please get them to me ASAP, so I can get on with consolidating them all. Many thanks in anticipation. John Wilson


Various records today from other fora:

JackSnipe at Kenfig rivermouth; 4 Cattle Egret in field at Zigzag Lane, Porthcawl; Spoonbill British Steel hide Llanelli; Gt White Egret Kenfig Pool; Siberian Chiffchaff still at Parc Slip cafe pool.


Posted in other media: The Gt Grey Shrike seen again this morning in the clear fell off the Cwm Cadlan road from the back of Llwyn-on, b4 the cattle grid; Siberian Chiffchaff around the dragonfly pond outside the cafe at Parc Slip; 4 Cattle Egrets at Porthcawl in Zigzag Lane in field opposite White Wheat Caravan Site – CF36 5EH.


We’ve had a report of a Great Grey Shrike hunting from trees on the RH side of the road that leads up to Cwm Cadlan from the back of Llwyn-on, so in the edge of the Garwnant forestry before you emerge onto the common over the cattle grid. There is some clear fell both sides of that road. This was in Fri 28th. It was observed for about 15 mins.


Wildfowl today: fem Goldeneye W lake bay, pr Shoveler & 1 drake Wigeon W lake, 6+ Gadwall. c10 Pochard, and the usual c100 Tufties.

Negatives were: [1] the Scaup seems to have done a bunk; [2] 2 people walking a dog right through the conservation area; and [3] late p.m. a guy with a large blue plastic sack full of old bread and what looked like bits of pizza, feeding the whole lot to the gulls and worse still the Mute Swans. There needs to be a much more prominent notice asking people not to do this. The current laminated A4 sheet [if it’s still there] goes unnoticed.