Mynydd Eglwysilan

2 days ago a male Ring Ouzel was seen [and photographed] on Mynydd Meio nr Caerphilly at approx ST110884 on a stone wall. It appears from discussions on Facebook there as also one in a garden in Abergavenny in the snow the other day. Well done to Claire Strod Strodz for reporting it.


There were 7 Wigeon on E lake this morning, 16 Pochard on W lake and 2 visible Gadwall. 2 Little Grebe near the main bridge. Fem Bullfinch by the central path, 2 GCG, 7 Fieldfare at edge of Cogan Wood and plenty of flighty Redwing. Party of 12 Long-t Tits by path at back of W lake.


Not much birding done at Cossie walk this a.m. with Anne trying out her moon boots newly issued by the Heath. However 4 Shoveler were new for me, and there were apparently 20 Teal. Sadly the v cold night resulted in the demise of 1 Mute Swan and a friend of mine found a dead Chaffinch on his walk.


Brief visit this morning. A Chiffchaff was in the hedgerow by the Medieval Village field. W lake had 5 Gadwall tucked in by the reeds, at least 6 Pochard and the usual Tufties, 1 Little Grebe [2 frequently showing recently], 1 Grey Heron, a Rook flew over the central path [aka Mile Road], 2 Jays and a male Bullfinch near Old Cogan Hall Farm.


Apart from Ian’s nice find of 3 Hawfinch, [which didn’t show for me 😦 ] there were 15 Pochard and 4 Gadwall, 3 Little Grebe and the usual Tufties on W lake, 1 Common Gull on W lake posts, 4 Fieldfare in trees at back of W lake, Redwings scattered around. A gentleman I usually meet had an obliging Kingfisher in a tree adjacent the middle viewpoint.

Indoor meeting reminder

Notice: Don’t forget there’s an indoor meeting on Tuesday [5th Dec] at KNNR reserve centre. Club member Richard Smith who many of you will know, is giving an illustrated presentation on a trip to Chile – exotic birds, Pumas etc. It will be good so come along. 7:45 p.m. start.


New birds this morning were 3 Teal [poss more in the reed edges] and 2 Med Gulls on W lake posts [per Graham Smith] one of which had a yellow leg ring. I saw one of these birds [an AdW] up by the dragonfly pond where it was pinching bread put down for the crows by my friend Lindsay.

Parc Cwm Darran & Rhaslas

Highlights of a GBC field trip today. Parc Cwm Darran – Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Siskin, Bullfinch, 1 drake Goosander, 4 Buzzards, 1 lrge fem Sprawk, male Crossbill sitting out in the open for ages, LTT, Great-, Blue, and Coal Tits. Rhaslas – 2 Fieldfare and a Stonechat by the ‘car park’, then on the pond, 6 Goosander, 3 Goldeneye, 30 Wigeon, 10 Tufted Duck, 4 GC Grebes and a Mute Swan, plus Red Kite over.

Cosmeston last few days:

25th Nov a good count of 11 Gadwall on W lake plus 3 Little Grebe, 2 Heron, 6 Pochard, 1 imm drake Shoveler, 3 Buzzards over W paddock and a male Bullfinch on W lake hedgerow.

26th Nov – 3 Gadwall that I could see, 3 Pochard, 2 Buzzard W paddock,  Kingfisher flew under main bridge E lake > W lake, 1 G Spt Woodpecker flew across far end of W paddock into Cogan Wood. A few Redwing over W paddock.


Lavernock reserve late morning seemed virtually birdless, except for a Buzzard circling. Then as I walked back to the car the local Harris Hawk did a nice couple of circuits overhead. No camera sadly. On the coast path I was pleased to see a single Brambling with a few Chaffinch just past the big house.


c.30 Tufties present this morning. 2 Green ‘Peckers were in E paddock, and there were a few Redwing together with 6 or more Song Thrushes in the W paddock hedgerow, plus a couple of Meadow Pipits. A Bittern has apparently been reported recently, and there was apparently a decent Starling murmuration y’day eve at around 4:30 [per Jeff Curtis].

Also 2nd hand per Phil Bristow who I met at Cossie this morning – some decent migration at Lavernock Pt with many Chaffinch, some Brambling and also Hawfinch and Crossbill over.