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Tuesday, 19 February 2019


1 Redshank 3 Jack Snipe 30 Lapwing and 18  Teal best birds seen today

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Red-rumped Swallow

Still showing well at Cwm Ivy 8:20.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Sad News

Long standing Cardiff Birder Martyn Watkins has sadly passed away. Martyn’s health had kept him from active birding in recent years but he always took a keen interest in what birds were about locally & nationally. Thoughts with Martyn’s family. I’ll post details of the funeral arrangements once they become known.

Thursday, 7 February 2019


Male and Female Hen Harriers near owl field today before rain came, on the way out a Red kite finished a great birding morning at Llanilid 


Last Week at Ogmore

Wednesday, 6 February 2019


Barn owl sighting on the  junction between  Brynsadler and Llanharry at 19.30.

Monday, 4 February 2019


There was a Barn Owl hunting in fields and close to hedge row 150 mtrs north of Llancadle tonight at 17.20

Thursday, 31 January 2019


Just after Paul Roberts posted his great photo`s of the Ogmore Otter a few weeks ago I decided to give it a go.
Being in the right place at the right time was going to be the answer.
Light was not good but as I stopped and started scanning out it came, albeit in the gloom.
Later I relocated it with a moment of brightness and allowed a handful of shots. This was my lucky day!

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

B N Grebe....still same place Cardiff bay.

I'm sure it's tied to string

Cormorant feeding close in. Cardiff bay.

Bearded tits,Cardiff bay.

The pair of Bearded tits at CBWR  showed pretty well late morning by the dipping pond. First feeding (grit ?) then moving to reeds opposite where they were on view for about 20 mins.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Parc Slip


The Hawfinch was showing well again in West Paddock. It seems to like the edge of Cogan Wood between the Dragonfly Pond to just past the Snipe enclosure.

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Cattle Egrets Porthcawl

There were 4 Cattle Egrets showing very well this morning.
Note the tracking device.

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Cardiff Bay

There was an adult Yellow-legged Gull in the roost tonight from the Ice Rink Car Park. Also the Black-necked Grebe was viewable distantly close in against the barrage between the sails and the Cafe.

Tuesday, 25 December 2018


3 black Redstarts opposite first set of steps.2 males and female all close together.
14 Brent’s 2 being d bellieds
Last week there were 18
170 Wigeon.
Merry Christmas 

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Saturday, 8 December 2018


Woodcock ,Snipe and Jack Snipe best birds

Wednesday, 28 November 2018


There was a Great White Egret on the meadow yesterday, but no sign this morning.
Gileston. 12 Brent Geese just the one being a dark bellied.
115 + Wigeon.
Flemingston. 150+ Lapwing.
Penmark. An albino Pheasant.

Thursday, 22 November 2018


1 bewicks 3 whooper swans  dropped onto the studio pool this morning constantly calling for 2 to 3 minutes, disturbed by film crew next to pool, looked for on all pools but with no joy last seen heading towards Cardiff direction also a count of 18 mutes for the site

Monday, 19 November 2018


Highlight today was a ringtail Hen Harrier over East Lake reedbed dinner time before it drifted off, presumably towards Lavernock based on the large and noisy flocks of Jackdaws that came up out of the fields. Otherwise a bit windy but plenty of Song Thrushes and Redwings in the more sheltered headge row along Sully Brook. Yesterday Marsh Tit showed very well near the entrance to Cogan Wood (Lake end).

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Saturday, 17 November 2018


There was an Isabelline Shrike at the south end of the West Paddock very briefly at around 13:15.  Although I was only around 200 yards away looking in the main West Paddock hedge by the time Graham called me over it had gone to ground and was not seen again before dark. Graham managed to rattle off a few shots which I am sure he will post up on his Twitter later.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018


Seems the Cattle Egret has moved to Dunraven but 1 probably 2 Water Pipits along the sea wall with the Pipit flock.

Friday, 2 November 2018


A Water Pipit with Rock Pipits on the salt marsh.
50 Wigeon st the rivermouth.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Green sandpiper @ Forrest farm.

Apparently a new site record. It landed on the ice and flew off within seconds.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Red-necked Grebe

Kingfisher and Little Grebe

I`ve been spending many hours waiting for this female to come in...she`s far from regular.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018