Swift hawking insects with House Martins over the River Cynon at Mountain Ash at 13.55 for 10 minutes. Unfortunately I did not have binoculars with me to get a closer look given the time of year.
Martin Bevan and myself had a few hours seawatching off Porthcawl this morning. As soon as we arrived at 9:40 Martin picked up 2 very close Storm Petrels going west. I then picked up another going west at 10:00. Not much else happening with 89 Manx Shearwaters mostly quite far out, 3 very distant Gannets and 3 Turnstones.
Martin Bevan and myself spent between 7am and 9pm seawatching from Porthcawl.
As soon as the light allowed we were treated to 1000 plus Black Headed Gulls in quite close going down channel in amongst we picked up 12 Med. Gulls.
Soon after a Red Throated Diver went down channel, along with 3 Fulmars and 3 Gannets. 3 Common Scoters were observed and a steady stream of Auks most of which seemed to be Guillemots kept going all the time we were there. One Shag went west very close in.
By now a stream of Kittiwakes were going down channel we counted nearly 900 but could easily have been a lot more.
Further out a Juvenile Dark Phase Pomarine Skua went west and then strangely for this time of year a Manx Shearwater went down channel close in.
Other birds seen were 4 Oystercatchers, 4 Ringed Plovers and 4 Turnstones.
Martin also seen a Harbour Porpoise.
Just had a phone call from Martin Bevan to say that the Great Grey Shrike is still there this morning at 8.30.
Great Northern Diver still present at 8.10 this morning per Martin Bevan