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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Pant Norton Wood Mouse and usual female Kfisher at Forest Fm

Thursday, 23 October 2014


Yellow browed at Pant Norton this afternoon, per DCB.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014


6 Grey Partridge just north of the village.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Hendre Lake

The Wood Pigeon movement appeared to have started this morning with about 300 heading SW in an hour. C30 Redwings present, 3 Kingfishers, 2 Grey Wagtails, 9 Meadow Pipits and a male Blackcap. 3 Cettis were heard and more of the common species in evidence.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

3 cropped record shots from Scillies trip this week

Crymlyn Burrows

Bird still there at 12.00 cracking bird to see, a ghost of a wader in amongst the ringed plovers lots of waders moving across the beach with grey plover added to Phils sighting below. A large group of 80 knot moving across the beach with a possible curlew sand in tow did not stay long enough to get on to it,  still more waders arriving when I left

Crymlyn Burrows

Kentish Plover still present this morning at low tide on the shoreline with Sanderlings, Dunlins, Knot and Ringed Plovers.


Pretty quiet this morning with the wind direction not ideal for a heavy movement of stuff. A couple of Peregrines and Sparrowhawk along with a Merlin earlier (per WS). In the bushes Bullfinch & Chiff Chaff and overhead small numbers of Chaffinch, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Siskin, Swallow. The usual large Linnet flock knocking around and also a few Reed Buntings calling.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Cardiff Bay

The Lesser Scaup was on the reserve this afternoon viewed from the boardwalk. Otherwise, lots of Tutfed Duck, a few Shoveler and Teal, along with 2 ad Yellow-legged Gulls in the roost.

Friday, 17 October 2014


Little Stint, Spot Red. and 2 Ruff this morning but no sign of the Pec or Great White Egret.Lots of Wigeon now in.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

New links

I`ve added a few new links to the side bar under external links.

Radyr weir.

A very brief visit saw a few Salmon leaping,and earlier at Lamby lake saw good numbers of Redwings flying over including one group of c150 birds.


Another 2 Woodlark over this morning per PB & MM.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Lanceolated Warbler

A record shot from Quendale, highlight of a week on Shetland. Much nicer than the escaped Rubythroat at Levenwick. Just glad I saw the Radipole Lake, sorry I mean Osmington Mills Sibe Ruby !


Lavernock - Much the same as Phil's visit this afternoon minus the GWE. Still a steady passage of mipits & finches with a trickle of swallows east. Also snipe, merlin & 17 Canada geese in the stubble field.


No sign of Wood Lark by 12.00. Steady vis mig, mainly Swallows, House Martins, Meadow Pipits, Pied/White Wagtails, Chaffinches. Highlights were Great White Egret (low over wood lark stubble field at 10.25 heading north-west), Merlin and 8 Golden Plovers.

Sunday, 12 October 2014


You can see how easily this bird can be missed if walking along the wall.I did a thorough search this morning but couldn't find it.

Don't panic! These were last nights!

The early evening light was sublime!

Another blog worth checking out occaisionaly.



An excellent morning at Lavernock with Graham and Wayne. A Vis Mig session from the coastal path at the first field produced a strong passage of Alba Wagtails. Other birds moving through included Wood Pigeon, Stock Dove, Chaffinch, Grey Wagtail, Starlings, Siskin, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Goldfinch, Swallow, Golden Plover (3) and best of all as detailed below a Woodlark at 10:15. Picked up by Graham on call we watched it heading east before it appeared to land in the large stubble field along the coastal path. This assumption proved correct as it flew up calling from under my feet when we checked the field out. Then lost from view before myself and Graham re-found it in another stubble field (taking the path that leads from Cosmeston to Lavernock the stubble field on the right past the railway bridge). Here we managed some great views on the ground and it was still feeding well when we left at midday.

Check this out for the Jaguars.



Woodlark still. Take footpath from Cosmeston to Lavernock and feeding in stubble field on right at midday . 

Out & about.

NA & MCh

RGW, no sign of the grey phal this morning despite a long search by atleast 6 birders.

100+ swallows >S. East, 6 pintail at sea, single stonechat and Peregrine overhead of note.


Woodlark in large stubble field along coastal path 10:30

Saturday, 11 October 2014

A couple more,typically confiding!

Grey phal at RGW.

After flying off from the block house i relocated it c150 yds west of Jakes hide feeding in a tiny pool,it was still there when i left at dusk.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Hendre Lake

A few Swallows this morning heading NE. Otherwise a Grey Wagtail, 2 Stock Doves, Some Skylarks and Meadow Pipits going over, very high and 3 Cettis heard.

Hen Harrier at R G W. this am.

Also Merlin,2 Greenshank,11 Little Egrets,Wheatear,and good passage of Linnets,Chaffinch,Goldfinch,Meadow Pipits,Pied Wags,all heading west except a few Swallows heading east.


Firecrest (1, in trees at church and car park 08.45 and again 10.15), plus several Chiffchaffs, Goldcrests and steady passage of Swallows, Skylarks, Pied Wagtails and Jays.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Porthcawl seafront

Arctic Skua (1 juv), Gannet (4), Kittiwake (2), Common Tern (2 juvs), Arctic Tern (1 juv), Manx Shearwater (1), Med Gull (2) between 09.30 and 11.30, birders present after I left so watch this space for more up-dates.


Great snipe near Llandrindod!

That would be nice if it gets pinned down.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Newport wetlands

Little Stint (1 juv), Curlew Sandpiper (1 juv), Spotted Redshank (2), Greenshank (2), Ruff (4), Knot (2), Black-tailed Godwit (2) amongst the usual array of Redshanks, Lapwings, Common Snipe, Wigeon, Teal and Shoveler at Goldcliff lagoons this morning.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Lisvane Res

2 Black-necked Grebes on Lisvane Res this afternoon 16.10 - 17.25 at least. Seen from observation platform off Blackoak Rd. Possibly new arrivals, I haven't seen any BNGs here or on Llanishen Marsh since 11 Sep.


Lesser scaup at Cardiff bay this afternoon-per birdguides.


Ruff and 2 Greenshank still present,also 8 Little Egrets. A Peregrine tried to swipe the Ruff but failed.


very quiet this morning. Lesser Whitethroat and a single Painted Lady being the highlights. Handful of Swallows thru and Chiffys, also a few Blackcaps and Grey Partridge.


Yesterday afternoon a Curlew Sandpiper and 9 Ruff.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Newton beach

Newton beach costal path Ortolan bunting 1st winter bird on the path towards the dunes ,walk pass the Art Deco house on the hill above by about 100 yards until you get to a path marker post I have put a large pebble on the post to mark the area Bar tailed Godwit on the beach with 40 redshank


Report of a ring billed gull at Blackpill, no further details. Per birdguides.