Managed a slow walk round this morning. Highlights – drake Gt Scaup still present, in W lake ‘bay’ seen from the bridge, Med Gull seen by Jeff Curtis, an ad Yell-legged Gull in middle of E lake and pr Gt Crested Grebe displaying.


My first visit, after getting back from a mega trip to Guatemala at 12:30 a.m. today! Highlights were a drake Greater Scaup on E lake, a male Stonechat on the snipe paddock fencing and a single Snipe seen briefly there.

GBC Field Trip to Forest of Dean

Fine views on today’s GBC Field Trip of a Great Grey Shrike (excellent find by Tate Lloyd) seen south of the path from Three Brothers to Burnt Log. Several Hawfinch were by the cricket ground at Parkend, and there were 15+ Mandarin Duck at Cannop Ponds where a Marsh Tit gave close views.

In all 42 species seen or heard today, and many thanks to all 22 participants who came along.

Full species list:
Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Mandarin Duck, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Buzzard, Moorhen, Coot, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Grey Shrike, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Raven, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Dunnock, Grey Wagtail, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Bullfinch and Hawfinch.

Forest Farm/Radyr Weir

11-Snipe from the bigger hide,at the weir 1-Dipper with nesting material,4-Goosanders 2m+2f above the weir.Also 4-Mallards 2m+2f just above the weir were feeding in a way I’ve never seen before in dabbling ducks.They were all diving continuously whilst I was there.I have only seen Mallards dive to escape danger,but not this time,they were feeding,very strange.11h00-12h00

Gileston and Barry

From the coast path west of Gileston beach car park this morning, a singing Yellowhammer and Skylarks, 2 male Stonechat, 22 Lapwing, 14 Curlew and 3 Raven. In Limpert Bay 6 Brent Geese (5 pale-bellied, 1 dark-bellied), 95 Wigeon, 10 Shelduck, 7 Oystercatcher and 2 Rock Pipit.

Early afternoon in Barry Old Harbour 2 Curlew, 8 Redshank, 2 Shelduck, 1 Oystercatcher and a Little Egret. In Barry Docks 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Raven, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull and a Great Northern Diver.

Oxwich Bay

Did my “dead bird” survey this morning.. Unfortunately there were a lot.!! Mixture of lapwings, turnstones & a couple of blackbirds..

Otherwise.. good mixed flock of ringed plovers & sanderlings.. Oystercatchers, common gulls, 1 great crested grebe.. Very quiet on a stunning Spring morning

Cardiff Bay Wetlands

Scaup 1 Tufted Duck 230+ Little Grebe 12  Lapwing  42 Goosander 2 Redwing 6 Fieldfare 40  lots of  usual gull, One very strange looking bird view from across the bay, probably a  lucistic Lesser B/B Gull. A lot of vegetation has recently been cut down which is a pity as it was good for migrants.

Barry Old Harbour

Two visits to Barry Old Harbour in the last 3 days produced a number of species infrequently seen at this site. On Thursday 5 Ringed Plover were present and this afternoon birds included 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Fieldfare (including birds on an area of seaweed), Redwing, 1 Common Gull, 1 Snipe and a Lapwing.

Also present today species more regularly seen here including 2 Curlew, 2 Shelduck, 11 Redshank, 1 Rock Pipit and a high count for this site of 48 Dunlin.

Birds mostly viewed from the footpath that runs along the west side of the causeway to Barry Island.