Bargoed & Cefn Gelligaer

11 hardy souls faced the all day drizzle and had a long walk around the NW Bargoed area including Cefn Gelligaer, thanks to Club member Lee Taswell showing us round his local patch. Despite the weather we saw 42 species, although Cuckoo was only heard. Highlights included at least 3 Common Redstart including a juv bird, 2 male Whinchats, 3 Red Kite, Tree Pipits, a Curlew display flighting, lots of Skylarks, Green Woodpecker and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, and quite a few young birds including Stonechat, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin. A fly by flock of 4 Stock Dove were also noted. Many thanks to Lee. Full list will be added to the GBC trip lists page shortly.


Brynmill Park Lake: Tufted Ducks have a brood of 8 newly-fledged young (there were 2 successful pairs there last year).

Singleton Park: Tawny Owls have bred successfully there again, as they seem to do almost every year now.

Odd Green Woodpecker[s] at Cosmeston

A follow up re my melanistic Green Woodpecker of 8th Jun. I thought I had it again today when a dark looking Green Pecker came & landed on a post by the dragonfly pond at Cossie, whilst I was sitting on the bench opposite. Hence I got a better shot and I think it’s a different bird, but still with unusually dark plumage for a Green Pecker. I’ve posted both photos here to compare. The second one is clearly a male and does have some green tinges on the upper parts but there’s still a lot of very dark plumage there. Any thoughts? Agree they re diff birds? Top bird today, bottom bird was on the 8th. Comments on FB agree they’re different.

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I rec’d an email tonight re a bird someone saw in a street in Ely – Cardiff at 1:05 a.m. Sun morning when he returned home from work. He didn’t know what it was and showed his pal today, who ID’d it and emailed me. Night-heron in a street!! – incredible. It’s prob gone now to find somewhere with water, but I’ve asked for more detail if poss. I would guess nearest water would be R. Ely?image1


There were 7 adult Gt Crested Grebes present today, including the pair with 1 young. One of the Kingfisher adults was fishing from the horizontal dead tree on E lake, viewed from the main bridge. A Common Whitethroat as doing its full fluttering song flight by the dipping pond.

Bald headed Blackbird

For the last couple of years I’ve had a white faced Blackbird around the garden which I rather imaginatively christened Whiteface, not sure if this is the same one, lost all it’s neck and head feathers.

Stephen Blow

Stephen Blow


An additional bird from yesterday which I forgot to post here, was this melanistic Green Woodpecker which I saw briefly in the ‘snipe paddock’ in the morning. Pretty unusual I think – certainly generated a lot of interest on social media.

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GBC Field Trip to Llanwonno

Great views of several Nightjar on last night’s GBC field trip to Llanwonno on a calm, warm evening with clear skies. Many thanks to John Wilson for leading the trip and to everyone who came along.

At least 29 species were seen or heard on the evening, with the full list being: Grey Heron, Woodpigeon, Tawny Owl, Nightjar, Swift, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Carrion Crow, Raven, Skylark, House Martin, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Goldcrest, Wren, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Stonechat, Dunnock, Tree Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Lesser Redpoll and Reed Bunting.

Cardiff Bay & Barrage

Wet walk across the barrage & back this morning. Wet weather had brought the Swifts down, although not as many as one would hope – I guestimate 30+, some flying across the barrage at head height. Similar with Sand Martins and a few House Martin, a number of the former landing to rest on the pontoons by the environment building. A pair of Ravens were sitting on the railings by the ‘sails’, and there were a number of Pied Wags including juvs.