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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Trying out the new gear.....

Tried out the new gear at Forest farm today, Kingfisher showed quite well and several Jays also........


thw only birds of note were 8 Brent's. 6 being p bellied.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Dipper at Blackweir.

A pair of Dippers and Goosanders were at Blackweir this morning.Otherwise pretty quiet.Very few berries = very few Thrushes!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Xmas curry

Those attending the curry- Black Lion at 7pm

Sunday, 14 December 2014


Just returned from a great 16 days in Ethiopia with PB, MCP and RA. Will load a few pics up over the next week or so. Here's a few for starters: Red-throated Wryneck, Lammergeier and Amur Falcon.


Cosmeston - Yellow-legged Gull (1CY)

Cardiff Bay - A prolonged look tonight and last night in the gull roost failed to produce a Caspian Gull. There was  an adult Yellow-legged Gull tonight and the Lesser Scaup was just down from the river bridge off Prospect Place. Yesterday it had been on the reserve.


Forgot to mention, no unusual gulls noted.

Cardiff Bay

2 Black Redstarts seen this morning at Penarth Marina including the adult male. On route failed to see the Lesser Scaup arriving in time to see the flock of Tufted fly off west. Went on to Cosmeston where canoes had pushed all the Tufted onto the west lake but the Lesser Scaup was not with them.

Saturday, 13 December 2014


Female Black Redstart on buildings just before the river mouth and 2 Brent Geese.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

More Jays! Sorry!

4 or 5 birds coming down for the peanuts again at F F. Also Dabchick on the canal but can't get anywhere near it!

Gt Northern Diver - Cwm Cadlan

Still at least one present but highly mobile and very wary.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014


I was working in Sully today so I called in 3 times. Unfortunately there was no sign of the Caspian Gull only an adult Y l Gull.
Moving then to the Knap and finally the docks where a good candidate for Caspian or Y l Gull was present opposite Morrisons mid afternoon. It roosted for about an hour until I left, it never came close enough and only had bins.
Well done to the guys who found it, perseverance paid off.
Surprised at the lack of interest in this Welsh mega with just a handful of birders!

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Black Redstart : Penarth Marina.........again

Made a return visit this morning and the male bird showed reasonably well around Plas Taliesin....

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Goosanders, Hendre lake.

Maurice's drake Goosander was joined by another pair before flying off together.

Must remember the nuts next time !

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Christmas curry

This years Christmas curry night has been booked for Tuesday 16th @ 8.00pm in the Bayleaf, High street, Llandaff. Would all those who are coming along,please let me know asap by text  on 07814577593 as seating will be limited.

A couple of very obliging Jays at F F today.

Hendre Lake

Drake Goosander on the lake this morning. 1 Water Rail seen and others heard.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Black Redstart : Penarth Marina : Almost but not quite............

Spent a couple of hours there this afternoon but the male bird rarely came down from the rooftops...........

Bute park.

I could only find a few Redwing which were very wary,i couldn't get anywhere near them.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Kenfig today.

Lesser Scaup

The drake was showing very well with Tufties on the east lake at 11.30

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Monday, 24 November 2014

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Portobello house, Ogmore estuary - 3 Redshanks and a Little Egret. Ogmore-by-Sea beach car park - 3 Oyster catchers.


Highligjt this morning was a R  b Merganser on the large pool near river mouth, 9 Little Grebes on the pool, 8 Brent's 5 being pale bellied, 13 Wigeon and 2 Grey Partridge.

Snow Bunting : Southerndown

Showing well yesterday about 200m east of "The Barn" in field and perching on stone wall near raised manhole cover and large opening in wall.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Aldi's waste ground 'gone!'

Shame to see this place has been cleared,it was a good place for Snipe holding 20+ birds when ever i visited also Jack Snipe and occasional S E Owl, Woodcock,Water rail,Green sand etc. Yet another Cardiff site gone forever !

Tuesday, 18 November 2014


There were 2 Dippers on the river Rhymney this morning by the bridge. A flock of 11 Stock Doves was nearby but very few birds in evidence in the surrounding woods. Need some colder weather.

Sunday, 16 November 2014


2 Yellow-legged Gulls (ad & 1CY) in the Bay along with a Norwegian ringed BH Gull. In Penarth Marina there were 2 Black Redatarts on the roof of my house. this afternoon.


Report of a snow bunting @ Southerndown, water pipit @ Ogmore. Per Birdguides.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Down on the farm.....again !

Cardiff , Queen St.

Numerous flocks of redwings going over (E/SE) this morning, circa 1000 birds in total.

Cardiff Bay

Lesser Scaup still on the reserve. Also Yellow-legged Gull & Kingfisher. 

Action at the farm

The Kingfisher was feeding well at the farm after the disturbance by the wardens cutting trees alongside the pond.

Going under