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.

KNNR

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.

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Kenfig

Seven keen birders on the monthly walk today. 37 birds in all of which 3 heard only. Highlights were Great C Grebe with 3 young, Black Tailed Godwit flushed from East Shore close comparison views of Sand and House Martins. 4 Swift.

Kenfig NNR

Male Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Buzzard at Kenfig early this evening with Grey Heron circling the dunes. Bullfinch, Whitethroat, Goldcrest, large group of young LT Tit, Swallow, Sand Martin and Swift. 26 species in all plus 8 heard. Hopeful for monthly Club walk at Kenfig this Sat 16th.

Kenfig monthly birdwalk 16th May

Sixteen joined the monthly bird walk at Kenfig this morning, of mixed ages, birding experience and knowledge. 40 species seen, of which 2 were heard only. Allthough  a cold wind maybe  kept the birds down (no Sedge Warbler)  the highlights were close views of Swift over the Pool and its East shore, a Great Crested Grebe with 2 young in front of the South Hide,  a few good Whitethroat display flights and a Sparrowhawk soaring over the South dunes being mobbed by corvids.

Kenfig monthly walk

Sixteen went on the monthly bird walk at Kenfig on Sat 18th including a welcome new young teenager. Although the east wind meant it was a bit quiet we managed 39 species, highlight being Common Snipe, 6  Lapwing, glimpse of Blackcap, more reasonable views of Whitethroat, Swallow and Rock Pipit.

KNNR Swallows

Mix of upto 20  Swallows and Sand Martin over North shore of Kenfig Pool yesterday evening 7.45. Lively vocal pair of Gt Crested Grebe, one with fish far too big to swallow and which it released on a dive. Several singing Willow Warbler.