Apart from Ian’s nice find of 3 Hawfinch, [which didn’t show for me ūüė¶ ] there were 15 Pochard and 4 Gadwall, 3 Little Grebe and the usual Tufties on W lake, 1 Common Gull on W lake posts, 4 Fieldfare in trees at back of W lake, Redwings scattered around. A gentleman I usually meet had an obliging Kingfisher in a tree adjacent the middle viewpoint.

Roath Park Lake

Big numbers of Tufted Duck 70 Mute Swan 80 Coot 120 also three colour ringed gulls. A tree next to the road had Fieldfare 2 Redwing 10 Song Thrush 2 and Blackbird 2 feeding on the berries. A Black-headed Gull had an almost complete hood.

I met a woman called Carol today who showed me a photo of a female goshawk she saw towards Sluice Farm this afternoon.¬† It was quite obliging, sitting on a fence post.¬† There have been reports of an escaped falconer’s bird in the area recently but this bird didn’t appear to have jesses.

Indoor meeting reminder

Notice: Don’t forget there’s an indoor meeting on Tuesday [5th Dec] at KNNR reserve centre. Club member Richard Smith who many of you will know, is giving an illustrated presentation on a trip to Chile – exotic birds, Pumas etc. It will be good so come along. 7:45 p.m. start.


New birds this morning were 3 Teal [poss more in the reed edges] and 2 Med Gulls on W lake posts [per Graham Smith] one of which had a yellow leg ring. I saw one of these birds [an AdW] up by the dragonfly pond where it was pinching bread put down for the crows by my friend Lindsay.

Parc Cwm Darran & Rhaslas

Highlights of a GBC field trip today. Parc Cwm Darran – Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Siskin, Bullfinch, 1 drake Goosander, 4 Buzzards, 1 lrge fem Sprawk, male Crossbill sitting out in the open for ages, LTT, Great-, Blue, and Coal Tits. Rhaslas – 2 Fieldfare and a Stonechat by the ‘car park’, then on the pond, 6 Goosander, 3 Goldeneye, 30 Wigeon, 10 Tufted Duck, 4 GC Grebes and a Mute Swan, plus Red Kite over.

Cosmeston last few days:

25th Nov a good count of 11 Gadwall on W lake plus 3 Little Grebe, 2 Heron, 6 Pochard, 1 imm drake Shoveler, 3 Buzzards over W paddock and a male Bullfinch on W lake hedgerow.

26th Nov Р3 Gadwall that I could see, 3 Pochard, 2 Buzzard W paddock,  Kingfisher flew under main bridge E lake > W lake, 1 G Spt Woodpecker flew across far end of W paddock into Cogan Wood. A few Redwing over W paddock.