Fenrod lake

90+ Canada geese 33 mute swan 30 +mallard 40+ herring gull 20+lesser b b gull 15 black h gull 2 juv pied wagtail .

swansea vale 2 adult mute swan with 2 cygnets 4 adults and 9 juvs coot lots of sand martins and swallows.

GBC trip to Goldcliff/Uskmouth

A bit belated I’m afraid. Here’s the trip list from the GBC trip last Wednesday courtesy of Gareth Jenkins:

Total list 62 species; Little Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Buzzard, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Knot, Dunlin, Black tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper (seen by 1 ! ), Turnstone, Mediterranean Gull (1 seen), Black headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Swift (1 seen)Great spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker (heard), Skylark, Sand Martin,Swallow, House Martin, Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Stonechat, Blackbird, Cettis Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting.

One other notable sighting was a Water Vole swimming across the reen at Goldcliff.

GBC Monthly Walk at Kenfig

There were 7 participants on today’s GBC monthly walk at Kenfig NNR. Meeting at 9am at the car park, we decided to head for the coast at Sker to look for waders around high tide.

En route, in light rain, birds heard or seen included Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Starling, Linnet, Bullfinch, Dunnock plus Herring, Lesser Black-backed and Black-headed Gulls. The highlight though was a group of 9 Stonechat on the edge of the golf course including a number of juveniles.

Around Sker House there were 5 Lapwing in a field, and nearby another 4 Stonechat along with Goldfinch, Meadow Pipit, Skylark and a flyover Cormorant. As we moved on from Sker House, and with the weather deteriorating rapidly, some in the group saw a Snipe.

We pressed on to Sker rocks for a brief look in by now heavy rain. We managed to add Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Turnstone, Curlew and Rock Pipit, but the combination of wind and rain was too much to allow a thorough search.

Many thanks to Strinda Davies for leading today’s walk and to all those who came along.

We saw or heard 30 species. Full species list: Cormorant, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Northern Lapwing, Common Snipe, Eurasian Curlew, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Feral Pigeon, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Skylark, Swallow, Willow Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Song Thrush, European Stonechat, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Goldfinch, Linnet, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting.

Honey Buzzard Talk

Hello,

Sorry for the non-sighting post, but I thought that some people may be interested in attending this year’s Unknown Wales Conference, held in the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff. Stephen Roberts will be presenting a talk about Honey Buzzards.

The date this year is Saturday 28th October.

It should be a very interesting day- along side Stephen’s talks, there are talks about marine life, rivers, seagrass meadows, natterjack toads and polychaete worms. More details, the programme and booking form are online here https://www.welshwildlife.org/unknown-wales/conferences/unknown-wales-2017/

All the best,

Rose

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Bracelet Bay Sea Watch this afternoon

Started with me finding a small pod of 3 harbour porpoise foraging in the outgoing tide race.. Nice! They were being followed by plenty of manxies, several gannets, 1 fulmar, kittiwakes.. And through that scope view flew a skein of 6 common scoter.. Wow.. Plenty of other stuff going up and down channel.. Several GBB gulls, lots of auk species.. 3 rock pipits flew in off the sea.. 1 mead gull in the car park.. along with several herring gull. Raven overhead

Cardiff Bay

Swift 100+ Sand Martin 20 Great Crested grebe 20 incl 2 juvs and a bird on a nest. Black Swan 1  Mute Swan 50  Tufted Duck 1

Lots of coot with young. Whitethroat 4 singing males plus 2 juvs Blackcap i juv Linnet 1 Reed Bunting 2