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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Rose-coloured Starling, Aberavon 4th August, street parallel to seafront.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Few more feeding from the ogmore last week

R C Starling

well done Alun Hughes for finding the Starling.
Just 2 days before we were talking about the 1984 bird I found in Pembs.

Wood sandpiper feeding

Out you come

Saturday, 1 August 2015


On the high tide this evening - Bar-tailed Godwit 1, Knot 1, Ruff 1, Greenshank 6, Dunlin 76, Ringed Plover 38, LRP, Whinbrel 4, Curlew 150. A nice juv Redstart in bushes behind 2nd hide and a few Yellow Wagtails calling on the marsh. 


A few waders down in the rain tonight with a total of 5 green sands all on the fenced pools behind studio 1 small wader prob Dunlin came in when I was leaving soaked through

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Llanilid Porthcawl Llanilid Ogmore

Quiet first at Llanilid with chiffys and willow warblers in good numbers no waders first thing Porthcawl  front( seawatching shelter ) shopping trip with wife Rose coloured starling for a brief view then flew off over seabank hotel to joint a large number of starlings over the town center not seen again after a 2 hour search,plenty of starlings including juv birds but no sign of a  rose starling just a heads up for anybody going to front for sea watching . Back to Llanilid for wood sand with no luck just common and green sand back to Ogmore for wood sand lots of common and a few Dunlin.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Wood Sandpiper : Ogmore

A few "record" pics of the Wood Sandpiper found by Paul Roberts at Ogmore today, stayed on west side of river opposite Portobello House for the time that I was there, still there at 7.00pm when I left............

Nice size comparison with Black-tailed Godwit

Tuesday, 21 July 2015


13 Avocets,5 Greenshanks, 4 or 5 L R Plovers, about 30 B T Godwits ,and small groups of Redshank and Dunlin present. I was told that out of 39 Avocet nests found none managed to raise any young,all predated ! Bloody tragic !!!!!

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Cardiff Bay

Ad Med Gull this evening. On the reserve, a female Tufted Duck with a very recently hatched set of ducklings.

Newport Wetlands (Goldcliff)

11 Little Ringed Plover, 9 Ringed Plover, 5 Greenshank, 1 Sanderling, 72 Dunlin, 38 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper from 2nd hide this morning.

Also, 1 dead Barn Owl (road casualty) on hard shoulder of west bound carriageway of A48M just east of St Mellons, Cardiff....there's not enough of them as it is!

Saturday, 18 July 2015


This evening - Curlew Sandpiper 1, Knot 1, Spotted Redshank 1, Dunlin 80, Sanderling 1, Greenshank 6, Black-tailed Godwit 40, Ringed Plover 12, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Whimbrel, BH Gull 500+. Also great views of 2 Common Cranes (crane project) right in front of 2nd hide at dusk.

Llanilid main scrape

Wader movement underway today with 1 wood 2 green 1 common sandpiper with lrp and lapwing with juvs R.V.D in low numbers

Friday, 17 July 2015


Common Tern,ad Med gull and 2 juv Med gulls were the highlights at the Wharf this morning. ps i got drenched, wrong forecast !

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Great White Egret : Kenfig NNR

Few pics taken today, took a while for it to perform in front of the south pool hide but worth the wait.........

Egret and Badger quite a week