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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Black Redstart : Penarth Marina

A stunning male bird from a visit last Sunday......

 Just a shame it was reluctant to come down from the rooftops.

Long-tailed Duck : Cardiff Bay

Few pics of the Long-tailed Duck favouring the area near the 'sails' from a visit last Sunday......

Sunday, 4 December 2016


Black Redstart in the garden of the beach house.
140 Wigeon. 13 Brents 2 being d bellied.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Masked White Wagtail

Took this one in Leh in Northern India (bit further than Haverford West!

As you can see, it`s not a hybrid!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Ogmore this morning.

I couldn't find any Purple sands at their regular haunt this morning,instead i was entertained by 2 or 3 Porpoises and 3 Sanderling.

Sunday, 27 November 2016


1 Water Pipit and a Black Redstart ( different bird than the bird that's been around recently) both feeding around the sawdust bay.
8 pb Brent's at the river mouth.

Thursday, 24 November 2016


There was an Eagle Owl on the roof of Llancarfan Church yesterday.
200 + Lapwing at Flemingston.


Wednesday, 23 November 2016


Barn Owl hunting over fields near Rhoose Pt approach road.
R t Diver off Gileston.


There was a Yellow-browed Warbler in the trees next to the Cafe at 12.35 briefly along with a Chiff Chaff. Lots of Redwings knocking around along with a few Fieldfares.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Cardiff Birder's Xmas Curry, 13th December, 19.30.

So far just 8 people have indicated they will be coming to the Annual Xmas Curry in Whitchurch on 13th December.
Steve 'The Wader' Hinton
Matt 'The Dogger' Meehan
Portly Leader
'Reservoir Dog' Bristow
Jake 'Hairy Leader' Gilmore
If you intend to join us, please advise as I will be booking the table shortly.

Herefordshire Birds - Shore Llark

Worth the walk and the rubbish light to get anything on this cracker!

Monday, 21 November 2016

Shore Lark : Garway Hill, Herefordshire

Few pics from a visit on Sunday with 'Smudger' and Steve Wilce ...........

Unusual posts

I'm rained off today and been checking websites when I just saw this on sociable birders Twitter
Is there any need?

Great crested grebe foraging in Limeslade this morning viewed from the Ice cream 🍨 parlour

Friday, 11 November 2016


Had a seawatch from the beech for a few hours before high tide around 1.30pm - lots of auks moving offshore distantly up & down channel, but also quite a lot of guillemot close in the bay feeding. Also had 7 Red-throated diver & counted 134 wigeon. Harbour porpoise too.

Dawn at Cardiff bay. I hope this Black headed gull can shift that hook.

Long tailed duck and Rock Pipit at Cardiff bay this morning.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

FAO Mathew Meehan

check your inbox Frank.

Planet Earth2


Here's a clip from next Sunday's episode of Snow Leopards filmed in  Hemis in Ladakh!
They were filming there at the time Dave Palmer, Alex and myself were there.
We were shown an overhanging rock by our guide Khenrab where a Snow Leopard had left its scent. I took a moth specimen jar for this very reason. I collected numerous hairs and even a whisker! The urine smell is still very strong!
I'm only charging £5 a sniff for this unique opportunity!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016


As per '  Cliquey birders '   11 Whooper swans at Kenfig today, nice one Frank.
Grey Phalarope at East Aberthaw today.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Birders Christmas Curry

Judd has suggested Tuesday 13th December, 19.30, as the date for our annual get together.
Proposed venue is the same as last year, The India Gate, Penlline Road, Whitchurch, CF14 2AA but this may change (watch this space).
Let us know if you are OK with this date or if not suggest another which we will of course ignore!

Bittern and Chough 05/11/16

Bittern was present at KNNR this a.m.
6 Chough seen pm at Southerndown / Ogmore (''caves'' on OS maps)

Monday, 31 October 2016

Possible Hume's at Middleton - Gower

And to cap it all a Pallas was found less than 400yds away!!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

"Somerset birds"

A few pics from a visit to WWT Steart Marshes and RSPB Ham Wall last Sunday......

Friday, 21 October 2016

Tuesday, 18 October 2016


Yellow browed warbler this afternoon off Phoenix way, Llanishen at 13.30.

Friday, 14 October 2016


Bairds sandpiper last night