Talygarn Lake

Late WeBS today, warm and fragrant in the woods, lots of wildflowers, birdsong,  spotted a dragonfly too. Still no Little Grebe, must be off nesting somewhere else.

Blackbird , Blackcap , Blue Tit , Canada Goose with 2 goslings,  Chiff Chaff,
Carrion Crow , Coal Tit , Coot with 2 chicks, Gadwall , Great Tit , Grey Heron 
House Sparrow , Mallard with 1 duckling, Moorhen , Mute Swan ,Reed Warbler 
Robin , Swallow , Woodpigeon , Wren 



Kenfig and Sker

12 folk enjoyed the GBC monthly walk on Saturday, a lovely day, lots of birds, ( 46 species) including – 12 Whimbrel on the golf course, a pair of Bullfinch, Sedge Warbler, lots of Whitethroat, and at Sker point – Golden Plover, Ringed Plover , Rock Pipit, Yurnstone, and at the farm,a family party of Greenfinch and ….. a Little Owl.

Blackbird ,Blackcap, Blue Tit, ,Bullfinch ,Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch 
Chiffchaff ,Collared Dove , Dunnock, Feral Pigeon ,Goldfinch , Great Tit 
Greenfinch , Herring Gull , House Martin,  House Sparrow , Linnet ,Magpie ,Mallard 
Pheasant, Pied Wagtail , Robin ,Sand Martin, Sedge Warbler, Skylark, Song Thrush, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon, Wren, Cormorant , Golden Plover 

Grey Heron , Lesser Black-backed Gull , Little Owl , Oystercatcher , Ringed Plover 
Rock Pipit , Sanderling , Stonechat , Turnstone , Whimbrel (12), Swallow, Starling, Meadow Pipit,
Thanks everyone!

Talygarn Lake

A fabulous day for this month’s WeBS survey,  lots of dappled shade in the woods, fragrant wildflowers, birdsong, clear reflections on the still lake…

Blackbird, Blackcap , Blue Tit , Buzzard,  Canada Goose,  Carrion Crow, Chiffchaff ,
Coal Tit,  Coot,  Dunnock , Great Spotted Woodpecker , Great Tit , Grey Heron ,
Grey Wagtail , House Sparrow , Jackdaw,  Magpie , Mallard , Moorhen , Mute Swan ,
Nuthatch,  Robin , Song Thrush,  Teal , Treecreeper, Woodpigeon , Wren .
Couldn’t find a Little Grebe, very unusual, maybe they are nesting …

Kenfig NNR

A brilliant GBC Public Walk this morning!  Lovely weather, 24 folk came along and helped to find 51 species,including Chetti’s Warbler,Sand Martin,Willow Warbler and Whitethroat everywhere, Lesser Whitethroat, and some people heard a reeling Grasshopper Warbler.  Thanks to Strinda for leading.

Black-headed Gull , Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit , Bullfinch , Buzzard , Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Cetti’s Warbler , Chaffinch, Chiffchaff ,Collared Dove,Coot ,
Cormorant, Dunnock ,Gadwall, Goldfinch , Great Black-backed Gull,
Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Greenfinch , Grey Heron, Greylag Goose 
Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Lapwing , Lesser Black-backed Gull ,
Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet , Little Egret, Long-tailed Tit , Magpie, Mallard ,
Meadow Pipit , Mute Swan, Pheasant, Reed Bunting , Robin , Sand Martin,
Sedge Warbler, Skylark , Song Thrush, Starling, Swallow , Tufted Duck ,
Whitethroat , Woodpigeon, Wren , Jackdaw, Willow Warbler, and the Grasshopper Warbler.
Hope to see you all at our Big Birding Day next Sunday, 28th April.

Kenfig NNR

Twelve folk joined us on the GBC public birdwalk this morning, we were pleased to see/hear 36 species in the very blustery conditions.

The highlights were- Great white Egret, Slavonian Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, 12 Reed Bunting. Potential breeding evidence was shown by 2 pairs of Carrion Crow by/in nests, a pair of displaying Mute Swans, a couple of Great Crested Grebe investigating the reedbed, and a pair of copulating Tufties. Spring is around the corner!

Black-necked Grebe, Blackbird , Blue Tit , Canada Goose , Carrion Crow,
Cetti’s Warbler (heard), Chaffinch , Collared Dove, Coot , Cormorant , Dunnock ,
Gadwall , Goldeneye , Great Crested Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker ,
Great Tit , Great White Egret ,Greenfinch , Greylag Goose , Herring Gull ,
House Sparrow, Jackdaw , Lesser Black-backed Gull , Long-tailed Tit , Magpie ,
Mallard , Mute Swan , Pied Wagtail , Pochard , Reed Bunting, Robin ,
Slavonian Grebe, Teal , Tufted Duck ,Woodpigeon ,Wren (heard).

Kenfig NNR

A memorable GBC public birdwalk this morning,  23 folk saw a total of 50 species.               The highlights were, Firecrest, Great White Egret and Slavonian Grebe, whilst we were treated to a close flyby of 2 Sparrowhawk, and watched displaying Great Crested Grebe on the pool. There was a ‘maybe’ Scaup,  waiting for confirmation Dave!

Black-headed Gull, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow ,
Chaffinch,  Common Gull,  Coot , Cormorant , Dunnock, Feral Pigeon, Gadwall ,
Goldeneye ,  Goldfinch,  Great Black-backed Gull,  Great Crested Grebe, 
Great Spotted Woodpecker ,  Great Tit ,  Great White Egret ,  Greenfinch ,
Grey Heron ,  Greylag Goose ,  Herring Gull , House Sparrow ,  Jackdaw,  Jay,
Long-tailed Tit,  Magpie,  Mallard,  Meadow Pipit, Mistle Thrush, Mute Swan,
Pochard, Raven,  Redwing,  Reed Bunting,  Robin,  Shoveler,  Skylark, 
Slavonian Grebe,  Song Thrush,  Sparrowhawk ,  Starling , Tufted Duck , 
Woodpigeon,  Wren,  Firecrest , Lesser Black-backed Gull ,  Wigeon .
Thanks to everyone for coming, good to see some returning friends,  and thanks to Strinda for leading the walk.

Talygarn Lake

15/2/19  Early WeBS count on a sunny day.

Blackbird, Blue Tit .Buzzard ,Carrion Crow, Coal Tit , Collared Dove , Coot, Dunnock 
Gadwall (4), Great Spotted Woodpecker (2), Great Tit , House Sparrow , Jackdaw ,
Little Grebe (7), Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen , Mute Swan , Nuthatch, Robin ,
Song Thrush, Teal (2), Woodpigeon , Wren (1)

Talygarn Lake

WeBS today.  Noticed more birdsong in the woods this time. 3 /5 Cygnets still surviving.

Blackbird , Buzzard , Carrion Crow , Coal Tit , Dunnock , Great Tit , House Sparrow
Little Grebe 7, Magpie , Moorhen 5 , Robin , Teal 14 , Wren , Blue Tit , Canada Goose , Chaffinch Coot , Great Spotted Woodpecker , Grey Heron , Jay , Long-tailed Tit,            Mute Swan 5 , Mallard 32,  Song Thrush , Woodpigeon  25 species

Kenfig NNR, GBC monthly walk


It was a dull, drizzly, chilly morning, but 17 folk came along and helped us find 45 species. Pleased to welcome some new folk, hope the weather didn’t put you off.

The highlights were, the Slavonian Grebe, Great White Egret, Redshank, Mistle Thrush, Goldeneye, Wigeon,  and half a dozen (at least) Reed Bunting in the car park bushes.

Black-headed Gull , Blue Tit , Canada Goose , Chaffinch, Common Gull , Cormorant ,
Gadwall , Great Black-backed Gull , Great Spotted Woodpecker , Great White Egret , Greylag Goose , House Sparrow, Lesser Black-backed Gull , Long-tailed Tit , Mallard ,
Mistle Thrush 2, Pied Wagtail , Redshank 1, Robin , Song Thrush , Teal , Wigeon , Wren,
Blackbird , Buzzard , Carrion Crow , Collared Dove , Coot , Dunnock , Goldeneye ,
Great Crested Grebe , Great Tit , Grey Heron , Herring Gull , Jackdaw , Little Grebe,
Mediterranean Gull , Magpie, Mute Swan , Pochard , Reed Bunting , Slavonian Grebe , Starling , Tufted Duck , Woodpigeon

With thanks to Strinda Davies , our walk leader.

River Ogmore at Portobello

Great to see Goosander and Goldeneye today.

Black-headed Gull , Carrion Crow , Curlew 12, Goosander 4, Herring Gull
Magpie , Redshank 2, Woodpigeon , Canada Goose , Cormorant , Goldeneye 4
Great Black-backed Gull , Little Grebe 6,, Mallard , Pied Wagtail , Shelduck 2,

Plus 4 grey Heron and a Little Egret on the Watermill flood

Brynna Woods NR

Quiet in the woods today,  pleased to find 3 Redwing with the Mistle Thrush in the horse field from the top path, and heard what sounded like a Blackcap singing in the trees to the right of the path from the bottom of the steps by the school ..

Blackbird , Bullfinch , Dunnock , Grey Heron , Jackdaw,  Magpie , Redwing 3, Woodpigeon Blue Tit , Carrion Crow, Great Tit , House Sparrow , Jay 2, Mistle Thrush 1, Robin.

Kenfig NNR

In fairly atrocious weather, 15 folk joined in the Christmas celebrations  on our monthly public birdwalk this morning.  We were pleased to log 33 species, the highlights being 2 Great White Egrets in the North shore reedbeds,  plus a Sparrowhawk hiding amongst the branches next to the hide.

Great White Egret, Black-headed Gull , Blue Tit , Canada Goose, Chaffinch ,Coot ,
Dunnock , Great Crested Grebe , Redwing, Greenfinch , Herring Gull , Magpie ,
Lesser Black-backed Gull , Mute Swan ,  Raven , Sparrowhawk , Tufted Duck ,
Woodpigeon , Blackbird , Bullfinch , Carrion Crow , Collared Dove , Cormorant,
Gadwall , Great Tit , Grey Heron , Jackdaw, Long-tailed Tit , Mallard , Pochard,
Song Thrush , Teal , Wigeon .

Everyone enjoyed the ‘beautiful’ decorations, hot mulled juice, mince pies and snacks.

With thanks to Strinda for leading the walk.

Talygarn Lake

Late WeBs on 11th December

Blackbird , Carrion Crow , Coal Tit , Great Tit , Long-tailed Tit , Mallard 17
Mute Swan 5, (another cygnet lost, down to 3) Robin , Treecreeper , Wren
Blue Tit , Chaffinch , Coot 15, Little Grebe 8,, Magpie , Moorhen 8, Nuthatch,
Woodpigeon, Teal 8.

Kenfig NNR

There were 16 folk on our monthly walk this morning, welcome to some new people.

A cold , damp start  turned into a much brighter day, and we were lucky enough to find 54 species, the highlights being a Woodcock and 5 Snipe over, a Kingfisher, Dunlin and Redshank on the east pool shore, 6 species of Gull,  good views of a Water Rail in front of the hide, and a fly- by of a Little Egret with a very probable Great White Egret.                     Many thanks to Strinda for leading the walk.

Please note that our next monthly walk on 15th December, will include our Christmas celebration, ‘Pies in the hide’, all welcome.

Full list-

Black-headed Gull , Blue Tit , Buzzard , Carrion Crow , Chiffchaff , Common Gull
Cormorant , Dunnock , Gadwall , Great Black-backed Gull , Great Tit , Grey Heron  Herring Gull , Jackdaw , Kingfisher , Lesser Black-backed Gull , Long-tailed Tit , Mallard
Mediterranean Gull , Mute Swan , Pochard , Robin , Skylark , Starling , Tufted Duck
Wigeon , Woodpigeon , Blackbird , Bullfinch , Canada Goose , Chaffinch , Collared Dove , Coot , Dunlin , Feral Pigeon , Goldfinch , Great Spotted Woodpecker , Greenfinch ,  Greylag Goose , House Sparrow , Kestrel , Lapwing , Little Egret , Magpie , Meadow Pipit
Moorhen , Pied Wagtail , Redshank , Shoveler , Snipe, Teal , Water Rail , Woodcock, Wren


Talygarn Lake

Friday 16th November.  Late WeBS count today.

16 species this afternoon, very quiet in the woodland. Lovely Autumn colours,

Blackbird, Carrion Crow , Wren , Jackdaw , Robin , Woodpigeon
Blue Tit , Chaffinch , Great Tit ,
Mallard 33, Mute Swan 6, Teal 20 , Little Grebe 6
Coot 20,  Moorhen 11, Wigeon 2

Forest Farm NR- Glamorgan Canal

On Monday 5th November, a quick walk around , the highlights being 2 Kingfishers,        Snipe-2 ,  a Dipper and a Grey wagtail in the Taff by the footbridge to the station.

Plus-     Buzzard , Chaffinch , Dunnock , Great Tit, Jackdaw , Magpie , Moorhen Woodpigeon , Blue Tit,  Carrion Crow , Great Spotted Woodpecker , Grey Heron
Jay, Long-tailed Tit,  Mallard , Robin , Starling , Wren