Kenfig Pool

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.

Collwyn, Pyle

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).

Pyle area

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.

Red Kite, Pyle

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.


Collwyn Pyle

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.

Dipper and Goldcrest

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.


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.