News just in via Twitter – a Rock Thrush has been found at Pwll-du Quarry just E of The Blorenge. Instructions are to park on the road at SO244119 just NW of the Lamb & Fox pub, then walk north then NE along public footpath for 1/2 mile.
Merlin was seen by the wartime emplacements at approx 16.30 by Matt Binding. Poss a juv
Have just rec’d a report from Sat 7th of Redwing feeding on yew berries at St. Peter’s Church by Old Cogan Hall Farm – thanks Christine Dunn our contact for Trinity Church – Penarth, where we are measuring up for the installation of Swift boxes.
There were c.30 House Martins feeding over W lake this morning for abut 10 mins, then the moved on. A Coal Tit feeding in trees by the Med. Village was fairly unusual, and a Goldcrest there. There were 3 Mistle Thrush in W paddock and a Kingfisher at the dragonfly pond. Also along by the Med Village concrete path there were quite a few Red Admirals and 1 Painted Lady amongst them and a Comma, plus a few Ivy Bees. Also Common Darters and Migrant Hawkers still around.
Some birdies and one of many dragonflies out in the sun this morning at Cosmeston. The GCG young were resting by the sluice on E lake. There were 4 Buzzards playing and mewing all the time, Green Pecker as on the ‘snipe paddock’ posts, and there were many Common Darters. Also 2 Kingfishers were at the dragonfly pond. PLus osme ringed gulls, all Lsr Black-backs – Blue F:300 [Ad], Blue F:466 [1st yr} and White with black letters OLF [Ad].
Don’t forget the first Glamorgan Bird Club indoor meeting of this autumn/winter TONIGHT! [Tues 3rd] eve.7:45 p.m. at KNNR. Paul Bowden is giving an illustrated talk on Birding around the Arctic Circle, which will be very interesting I’m sure.
Short a.m. walk. 2 Pochard on W lake, my first of this winter. 16 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 4 separate feeding flocks og Long-tailed Tits, 2 Goldcrest with them, and the usual suspects. generally.
News from Gower [main details only on Twitter]. A Booted Warbler plus Yellow-browed & Firecrest have been seen in sycamores over School Lane, opposite Middleton Farm, near Rhossili yesterday and today.
1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wag, and 2 Rock Pipits on shoreline of S Cardiff Bay by Plas Taliesin [Penarth Marina] late morning.
The GBC trip to Goldcliff and Newport Wetlands today gave us 77 species including 14 species of wader. Highlights of the latter were 6 Little Stints, 2 Ruff, 2 Spotted Redshank, and at least 8 Greenshank. A male Marsh Harrier performed well and we had Pere, Kes and a large fem Sparrowhawk plus the impressive white Buzzard. Migrants included 3 Wheatear, a few Yellow Wags seen by some, and at Uskmouth we had a brief Sedge Warbler. All in all a good trip with 18 participants.
Just a heads up:
Want to know more about Brazil’s Pantanal? Richard Smith will be giving an illustrated talk to the Gower Ornithological Society this Friday 22nd at the Environment Centre – Pier Street (on right hand side of Morgan’s Hotel) Swansea at 7 p.m.
Highlights of the GBC monthly walk this morning were a Blakc Tern feeding over the pool for some time, a brief visit by an Arctic Tern, a Firecrest in bushes as the south end of the pool [seen earlier by Neil Donaghy – an also yesterday]. Unfortunately I was the only one who saw the latter reasonably clearly – it flitted in a Sycamore then flew across the path into dense Willow and wouldn’t show again. A Wigeon was also on the E Pool shoreline. Other than that there were plenty of Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs. Over 40 species seen.
Just a quick walk this morning. 3 sightings of Kingfisher involving 2 birds, 1 by W lake grassy ‘beach’ and the other flew under the main bridge E lake > W lake. 8 Tufted Ducks, Little Grebe with 1 imm, GC Grebe with large imm, good number of hirundines [Swallow and House Martin], ad Heron in W lake trees, 1 Mistle Thrush in W paddock.
There’s currently an Arctic Tern in Cardiff Bay. Was seen well by the sails this morning [by Peter Howlett]. When I was on the barrage late morning it was right over by St David’s Hotel on the RH side [Techniquest/Mermaid Quay side], flying up & down the shore line. Apparently present yesterday also. Other than that today, a good number of House Martins keeping low, at the Cardiff end of the Barrage and the path beyond, plus a few Sand Martins.
V brief Hobby flew over Cogan Wood this morning. W lake had 20-30 Sand Martins, there were 40 or so House Martin over the snipe paddock, a fem Stonechat appears to have replaced the recent Whinchat [in field beyond the snipe paddock], W lake had 1 Little Grebe.
2 Black Terns still present over towards the Ice Rink and Prospect Place side.
Still present at 3 p.m. viewing from the boardwalk by the old Ice Rink site – better views.
Three Spotted Flycatchers still present this morning, having moved from their location at the end of the W paddock central hedge yesterday afternoon, to near the far LH corner of the far W paddock field, where they were some days ago. Four Mistle Thrush in W paddock, 7 Tufted Ducks [6 E lake and 1 W lake]. The many Sand Martins of y’day afternoon had diminished to a few.
The Glamorgan Bird Cub had a field trip to Lavernock yesterday and some of us called in at Cosmeston in the afternoon. The total list for the day was 52 species. Highlights were Peregrine, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel, an imm Green Woodpecker feeding on a track at Lavernock Reserve, steady continuous passage of Swallow, House- and Sand Martins, fairly large flocks of Linnet and Goldfinch, and 3 Spotted Fycatchers and the Whinchat at Cosmeston, plus 3 Little Grebe there and a Goldfinch which flew from the dipping pond, where we had 2 Water Voles. Other highlights included a good total of 12 species of Butterfly including 2 Painted Ladies at Lavernock Reserve. The video clip below is linked to my youtube channel so will have a random screen when it ends.
A few from our dog walk this morning. The Whinchat was still present on fence posts of the snipe paddock/enclosure, beyond the dragonfly pond and W paddock. Quite flighty but can be seen with patience. Also 2 Common Whitethroat and a Chiffchaff there. W lake had 2 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, and the 2 GC Grebe pairs seem to be down to 1 young each, 1 more or less fully grown and the other a little smaller.
Lesser Yellowlegs has just this minute been reported at Kenfig Pool on the E. Pool shore, found by Neil Donaghy. Nice one! Timed 16:28.