GBC indoor meeting March 7th

Not a sighting, but a reminder that on Tuesday March 7th, Dr. Rob Thomas from Cardiff University is giving a talk on some of the long term monitoring projects that the University has been undertaking. Venue Kenfig NNR at 7.45pm. This talk provides some fascinating insights into the lives of some of our migratory birds.

Clydach Vale

This afternoon at the top end of Clydach Vale CP, I found a recently deceased 2nd year Gannet! – Probably blown in when it was windy a couple of weeks ago. I took some record pics of it, and a nearby Mountain Bumblebee (Bombus Monticola), which was the actually the reason why I was up there. This is the first time I’ve seen a Gannet in the Rhondda!

Cosmeston Lakes

An unusual record of three Lesser Redpoll feeding in the carpark just before 9am, (probably the same birds seen by Ceri Jones).Even more unusual was the Redwing that sang briefly from one of the trees in the carpark. A Bittern was also seen by a birder from Manchester, who showed me a picture of it on the back of his camera.

 

Nash Point

Nash Point yesterday – Wheatear, Skylarks, flocks of Finches (linnets & Greenfinches), Male Sprawk, Mipits, Pied wags and Whitethroat. – All the usual Autumn species. Also two Grey wagtails on stream and a Clouded Yellow butterfly.