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Saturday, 28 March 2015

From Nigel Fairney

Sad to hear the news that Steve Moon has passed away. Like many I owe him a great debt of gratitude for his support, advice and the countless job references he always happily wrote for me when I was trying to break into conservation. Steve's name on a reference opened many doors for me and many others. I went on to work for the BTO, Game Conservancy, National Trust and SNH to name a few; EVERYONE knew or had heard of Steve. He was that well respected in conservation across the country. I know I'm not alone in owing him many thanks for supporting fledgling careers in conservation and ecology.

I last saw him at the Bobolink when he wandered up and out of the blue gave me a hug! I didn't deserve it. Thanks Steve.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Talygarn lake

An Osprey was seen fishing late afternoon.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015


1 fly over L.R.Plover 1 Green sand 9 pair of Breeding Lapwing  on a quick walk this morning

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Cardiff Bay

The Iceland Gull was close inshore by the Barrage lock gates early evening viewed distantly from the reserve boardwalk. It then flew along the Barrage and sat on the roof of one of the ABP buildings in Cardiff docks. It was stil sat here when I left in the half light at 18:40. Yesterday Med Gull & Little Gull both feeding in the middle of the Bay. 

Harris's Hawk - llanishen

Friday, 20 March 2015


Good numbers of breeding lapwing and a influx of reed bunting up to 12 seen over 2 hours tonight

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Aberavon Beach

This morning 2 Red-throated Divers & a Long-tailed Duck on the sea along with a few Great C Grebes. 3 Wheatears on the waste ground behind the dunes. 


Hen harrier hunting at owl field now per AM

Friday, 13 March 2015


Report of G w Egret.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Monday, 9 March 2015

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Goosanders : Cardiff Bay

The Goosanders were a little more obliging.....

Little Gull : Cardiff Bay

Myself and "Smudger" managed to catch up with the Little Gull yesterday afternoon, always a bit too distant so only "record" shots.....

Glaucous Gull : Porthcawl

Managed to catch up with the Glaucous Gull yesterday morning......

Saturday, 7 March 2015


2 green sands 1 common sand 13 lapwing look settle ,ready for breeding also tuffies teal gadwall pochard on pools breeding little greb coot and crows

Friday, 6 March 2015


At Penmark just 2 fields away from the hide I estimated a flock of at least 120 birds.
With Yellowhammers on a serious decline recently perhaps it's looking good for this species. At Llancadle recently I saw a flock of about 150 birds but many were Reed Buntings, perhaps a hundred were Yellowhammers.

Hendre Lake

Chiffchaff present this morning but not singing.

Also a hybrid duck has appeared. In past have been unsuccessful in getting photos on this blog but if it does not work will try and get it on twitter.

Thursday, 5 March 2015


A small tortoiseshell in the garden this afternoon.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

F---ing Robin Hood again

Right on top of the black darters and small blues and a sh*t load of other butterflies and a couple of rare Plants and a nesting site for Lrp and probable the only breeding Quail area in Glamorgan 

Mink and Dippers ,Rumney river.

Glaucous Gull - with broken left leg - at Coney Beach this a.m.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Cardiff Bay

13:10 - Bonaparte's Gull on the River Taff 100 yards up stream from Road Bridge viewed from Hamadryad Park.

Hendre Lake

To my surprise there were still at least 8 Little Egrets in the island roost at 9.30am today. They normally disperse soon after dawn.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Forest Ganol from last year.


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Wednesday, 25 February 2015


13 Brent's still, also 38 wigeon there.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

heol y cyw common

1 R.T.Harrier 3 S.E.Owls 1B.Owl 5 Jack Snipe  ( 2 se owls bridgend end all the rest between heol y cyw and pencoed end with 4 jack snipe in one area pencoed end )

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Cardiff Bay

There were adult Yellow-legged and Med Gulls in the roost tonight.

Heliport Bay

Bonaparte's Gull again on rising tide at 1pm.


Nothing special this morning but numbers impressive incuding a nice flock of around 100 Golden Plover.