Bute Park Cardiff

26 species seen on a pleasant walk this morning from City centre to Blackweir along the Taff as follows

Cormorant, moorhen, mallard, Goosander, herring gull, LBB gull, BH gull, snow geese (4 at taffs mead embankment), dipper, kingfisher, pied wag,  grey wag,  carrion crow, jackdaw, magpie, jay, robin, wren, blackbird, goldfinch, starling, woodpigeon, grey heron, feral pigeon, blue tit, mute swan.

Barry and Sully

This afternoon at local sites (high tide 1535):
Barry Old Harbour (about 1.5 hours before high tide) – 13 Redshank, 5 Dunlin and 7 Oystercatcher
Sully Island/Beach/Bendrick – 8 Lapwing (on Sully Island), 22 Ringed Plover, 27 Turnstone, 8 Curlew, 46 Oystercatcher


Club member Annie Irving had a ringtail Hen Harrier fly over W paddock at around 1:38 this afternoon, heading south-east over W lake towards Lavernock. Nice one Annie! During my comparatively dull morning visit there were 8 Teal, 3 Pochard and 3 Shoveler on W lake. No activity from the Bittern.

Garwnant, Llwyn-on Res and Rhaslas

15 people went on the Glamorgan Bird Club trip to the above locations today. Highlights were lots of excellent views of Crossbill at Garwnant, plus 3 or 4 Willow Tit, and Red Kite and many other common species. We had brief views of a very flighty Water Pipit on the spillway at Llwyn-on Reservoir, plus a Common Sandpiper on a weir below the spillway and there was a pair of Wigeon on the Res. A cold & windy Rhaslas Pond had 8 Goosander, c.10 each of Wigeon & Tufted Duck, a few Teal, and a single fem Goldeneye. A full list of the 39 species seen can be seen by clicking here.

Kenfig NNR

There were 16 folk on our monthly walk this morning, welcome to some new people.

A cold , damp start  turned into a much brighter day, and we were lucky enough to find 54 species, the highlights being a Woodcock and 5 Snipe over, a Kingfisher, Dunlin and Redshank on the east pool shore, 6 species of Gull,  good views of a Water Rail in front of the hide, and a fly- by of a Little Egret with a very probable Great White Egret.                     Many thanks to Strinda for leading the walk.

Please note that our next monthly walk on 15th December, will include our Christmas celebration, ‘Pies in the hide’, all welcome.

Full list-

Black-headed Gull , Blue Tit , Buzzard , Carrion Crow , Chiffchaff , Common Gull
Cormorant , Dunnock , Gadwall , Great Black-backed Gull , Great Tit , Grey Heron  Herring Gull , Jackdaw , Kingfisher , Lesser Black-backed Gull , Long-tailed Tit , Mallard
Mediterranean Gull , Mute Swan , Pochard , Robin , Skylark , Starling , Tufted Duck
Wigeon , Woodpigeon , Blackbird , Bullfinch , Canada Goose , Chaffinch , Collared Dove , Coot , Dunlin , Feral Pigeon , Goldfinch , Great Spotted Woodpecker , Greenfinch ,  Greylag Goose , House Sparrow , Kestrel , Lapwing , Little Egret , Magpie , Meadow Pipit
Moorhen , Pied Wagtail , Redshank , Shoveler , Snipe, Teal , Water Rail , Woodcock, Wren


Talygarn Lake

Friday 16th November.  Late WeBS count today.

16 species this afternoon, very quiet in the woodland. Lovely Autumn colours,

Blackbird, Carrion Crow , Wren , Jackdaw , Robin , Woodpigeon
Blue Tit , Chaffinch , Great Tit ,
Mallard 33, Mute Swan 6, Teal 20 , Little Grebe 6
Coot 20,  Moorhen 11, Wigeon 2

Cosmeston a.m.

First thing I noticed is that E. lake appears to have acquired the entire Canada Goose population of E Glam – I counted 280!

There were at least 100 Redwing around the park this morning, mainly in the trees around the bird table and the W. paddock hedgerow and the edge of Cogan Wood by the dragonfly pond. Also 30+ Fieldfare mainly in the latter location, plus 10+ Blackbird and a few Song Thrushes, all feeding on hawthorn. There were 2 Reed Bunts in the W paddock hedge and a Snipe flushed from the boggy area by the sunken copse behind the dragonfly pond. Around the ‘T’ junction of the path from the boardwalk and mile road [central path] there was a feeding flock mainly consisting of Long-t Tits [c.15], plus Gt Tit, Blue Tit and Coal Tit, plus 2 Nuthatch, a Treecreeper and a few Chaffinch. No sign of the Bittern but the rangers were doing some work behind the RH end of the W lake reed bed using a rotary cultivator. Tufties number about 50, 4 GCG, 1 Little Grebe and a Green ‘Pecker in W paddock. ….. just remembered – a Water Rail ran under the main boardwalk as I returned.


At the far end of east paddock, where it is very muddy, and just before the heavens opened this morning, there were at least 30 Redwing feeding in the many berry trees there [in the fenced in area], with a Song Thrush and at least 8 Blackbirds. Did quickly check for the Ring Ouzel in W paddock but it was chucking it down so I didn’t look too hard or long.


From the closed Whatsapp group – the Ring Ouzel apparently showed again this afternoon  – was nowhere to be seen in my walk this morning although c. 20 Redwing were flying around. Also this morning there seemed to be just 1 single fem Shoveler left on W lake unless the 4 drakes of yesterday [2 full plumage, 2 eclipse] were skulking in the reeds. I didn’t have time to check the gulls for an ad Yellow-legged that David Rich saw yesterday afternoon, which had creamy rather than yellow legs.