Red Kite flying South East over Pyle this afternoon, mobbed by 2 Jackdaws.
Little Egret flying over/away from Kenifg Pool early yesterday evening, towards Sker rocks. Very relaxed Water Rail feeding in shallows of 2nd cut outside South Hide for lengthy periods, over half an hour, not even bothered by a Moorhen. Grey Heron flew over and several Mallard were in the company of pair of Gadwall, 2 Great Crested Grebe and approx 100 Coot on calm water, in good light. Cetti’s Warbler heard on west and east side of pool.
Approx 6 Hirundines low over Pyle this morning, with a similar number over South Corneli within the hour. I was driving both times and am not certain if they were Swallows or Martins.
Single Swallow in Pyle yesterday morning. Jays noisy in Collwyn woods.
Goldfinch numbers increasing steadily past few days, if very vocal visitors to my garden feeders are anything to go by. Rooks from nearby Rookery regularly flying over house to farm fields and yesterday I heard 5 Skylark calling and a Chiffchaff was singing confidently in the sun. 3 Jay just flew along tree line of Collwyn woods. (Found an Acorn buried in front lane this week).
Grey Wagtail on Afon Cynffig yesterday morning. Tawny Owl x 3 calling early hours of today. 2 Skylark flying South.
Single Skylark flying over Pyle today and single Meadow Pipit yesterday, vanguard of migratory flocks yet to come? Grey Wagtail active on Afon Cynffig near the weir and plenty of Goldcrest calling in Collwyn woods. One singing male.
Dipper active near bridge over Afon Cynffig and was sure I heard a Mistle Thrush singing there earlier on. Blackcap in with flock of LT Tits. 8 Swallows over trees, appeared to include young being fed in flight.
Sparrowhawk hunting over Collwyn this morning, harried by Jackdaws. Cormorant checked out weir then flew downstream. 5 House Martin, could be sole remaining pair from Pyle Cross, with young. Mixed Tit flock buioding up and Nuthatch venturing into nearby gardens. Carrion Crow “crocking” like a timid Raven.
Red Kite over Pyle yesterday afternoon, approx 4pm. Soaring over Pyle church end of Collwyn woods and then checked out the fields being mowed on other side of Afon Cynffig. Treated to close views as almost over my garden at one point.
If you happen to be in the Bosherston Lily Pond area, there has been a Cattle Egret roosting in trees on the Eastern Arm, below Stackpole Court walled garden. Found it Monday evening.
Treecreeper singing in the wood along Afon Cynffig yesterday, heard and then seen. I may previously have thought of it as Goldcrest song, will listen more carefully from now on. 2 Chiffchaff singing and Crow gathering nest material.
Good view of singing Chiffchaff this afternoon with another heard near the reserve Centre.
Approx 10 Sand Martin feeding over the Pool and at least 1 pair of Goldeneye displaying.
As well as singing Goldcrest x 2, treated to single singing Redwing and nearby flock of 10+ Redwing in sub-song in trees along lane near Marlas Farm/bridge this morning
Late yesterday afternoon: singing Goldcrest and excellent view of Treecreeper feeding, close to lane down to Afon Cynffig. Great Spotted Woodpecker and Redwing present. All within short distance from main road and houses.
Dipper singing on Afon Cynffig in Pyle yesterday. Water level has to reveal perches which are either rocks or fallen branches, as bird has been absent during, and after, heavy rain.
Excellent view of pair of displaying Goldcrest in trees above singing Dipper. Male with fully revealed crest (more bright orange than yellow). First such sighting for me.
1 male and 5 female Goosander and 2 male Shoveler at Wilderness, Newton, this afternoon.
Obliging Snow Bunting on the promenade in Porthcawl mid-morning, below Seabank Hotel and Booths blue cafe kiosk. 2 Chough still present on the common. Flock of 120+ Golden Plover flew over common heading inland. Few Turnstone on the rocks.
Mid-morning walk at Kenfig began with a fiesty Chiffchaff chasing off Long Tailed, Blue and Great Tit from its favoured tree, where it was making aerial forays for insects. Then a female or imm. Blackcap was showing well feeding on Blackberries near the bird table below the Centre.
Had 2 second sighting from South Hide of a Bittern landing deep into reed bed on West of Pool just as I was describing them, in comparison to a Grey Heron, to a first time visitor to the reserve.
100+ Winter Trushes flying South high over Pyle at 7.25am, mostly Fieldfare with a good several of them calling.