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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Franklin's re-appeared

Seems the Franklin's Gull has been re-found at Penclacwydd but flew off at 1520 ish today.
Could be present tomorrow therefore after lunch possibly.
Glamtickers will be hoping to find it across the estuary of course!

Goldcliff Newport wetlands

3 Garganey  2 at goldcliff 1 back at the reserve 1 Spot Redshank  and Common redshank1 Greenshank  5 Bar Tails  Lapwings Ringed and Little Plovers Summer plumage Dunlin 1Whimbrel out on the estuary .Back at the reserve 1 or 2 Gropper  Cuckoo on the wire on the way out. Rain stopped play at 2.00pm o

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Vale Coast and kenfig

Vale coast Peregrine Kestrel out hunting also 4 chough  just off the path feeding ,2 Yellow wags in a field near Nash farm Kenfig pool was quiet with 3 Common sands 1 ringed Greylag goose and a handful of Sand Martins  and Swallows sker and beach front field just to the left of farm 1 bar tail sker rocks golden plover and about half way along beach front 2 cracking male Ruff pushed off by dog walker flew off heading towards the marsh.and came down in this area.

Monday, 21 April 2014

A very vocal Green pecker.


Garwnant: single female crossbill in the pines in the carpark,plenty of willow warblers and a smattering of tree pipits.


Drake Garganey still present on pool west of hide west of Boat Lane. At Goldcliff Pools Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, 2 LRPs and usual suspects. Ruff also reported but not seen by me.
White Stork a great spot Phil.

White Stork - Lisvane Res & Cyncoed, Cardiff

Seen in flight low over my flat at 13.10, drifted into view from north-west over Lisvane Res, harassed by a Lesser Black-backed Gull, briefly circled with a Common Buzzard over my flat then continued off in a south-easterly direction and lost to sight. In view (with bins), for over 5 mins.

Coed-y-Bedw Mon 21 April

A walk thru the reserve & out into the fields behind, heard couple of Chiffys, half a doz Blackcap, at least 4 male Redstart, 2 male Tripits, singles of Goldcrest, Mistle Thrush  & a Green Wdpkr playing hide & seek, lots of Wrens very vocal, altogether a very pleasant morning.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Franklin's gull

Great to see that news got out too late for the majority to get to see it,although in the space of an hour the bird was found, identified, flew off, relocated, flew off again, relocated again, phone calls were made to the chosen few who then had to travel to get there and then its seen by Jimmy Nail's chums, suspicious?? maybe?  Anyway, its probably the same bird reported here a month ago at Ogmore.

Report of Black Stork at llandeilo yesterday.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Cardiff Bay

Little Gull and a few Med Gulls this evening.

Hendre Lake

A Tree Pipit this morning which appeared to have just arrived and showed well though did not call. A pair of Shelducks have been hanging around here probably seeking a suitable breeding site.

Cuckoo Watch


With spring well under way, interesting to see where some of the tracked Cuckoos are.


Report of at least 5 Garganey (4m & 1F) at Portobello Island.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Llantrsaint Common

Llantrisant common Grasshopper warbler late evening

Lamby lake.

3 Herons were constantly chasing each other around in the hour i spent there,not many migrants yet though!

Back yard birding

I Found them Mitch

Monday, 14 April 2014

Early morning walk Llanilid

New record for this site Pink footed goose 6.45 now on its way to vale area new arrivals of Common sands x3

Sunday, 13 April 2014


Wheatear swallow lapwing and good numbers of large red damselflies ,but the highlight was again the pair of Hen harriers doing a food pass high up ,then moving off over towards Heol y cyw..


At about 10.00 am today a Common Crane ( assumed to be one of the released birds) was seen spiralling up on a thermal until lost from sight. It had also been seen a little earlier flying over Magor. A Little Ringed Plover was also present along with a Greenshank and 6 White Wagtails.

At Uskmouth at least 20 Cettis heard singing, a Lesser Whitethroat and lots of people.

Wren in full song.

Tawny family.

    Looks like one of the adults has had a dunking!

Saturday, 12 April 2014


Sluice Farm - evening tide - Whimbrel 4, Bar-tailed Godwit 5, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Lapwing, a few small groups of Teal, Pintail.

Lamby Lake -plenty of Swallows low over the water in the wind & a couple of Sand Martins.

Hendre lake

2 Singing Whitethroats and 1 Lesser Whitethoat this morning.
Porthcawl- red t diver d/c. 1 swallow.
Kenfig-LSR whitethroat. Willow warblers, chiffchaffs and blackcaps

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Sluice Farm

Common Redstart this morning in bushes by   sea wall. Also 2 Swallows flying around concrete building.

Nice Owl shots by the way.

.........and more!

Cefn mably Tawnys

Wednesday, 9 April 2014


Pink foot present this morning.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Hendre lake

First Swallow went through this morning, also a Wheatear which is unusual here. 4 Moorhens involved in a lenghthy punch-up.

Sunday, 6 April 2014


Male and Female Hen Harrier hunting together then moved off when disturbed by dog walker,s a Little Egret which is rare on this site at least 3 pairs of wader good number of warblers a pair of Hen Harrier earlier  at Heol y cyw  might be the same ones at Llanilid

Cardiff bay

The little gull was still present at 15:00 feeding near the yellow bouys,also 100+ sand martins and 2 swallows.

Kenfig Saltmarsh

Both drake Garganey and Green-winged Teal still present at 2pm.

Lamby Lake

Sedge warbler singing on and off this morning.

Llanishen reservoir from above

I found this on 't net earlier,it just shows that if you are trying to see anything from the Lisvane carpark.you are most likely wasting your time,you probaly would see more at the Rhyd-y-Pennau road end (if you can get into that end of course ;-)

Mynydd Ty Talwyn

Glaucous Gull again.