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Monday, 26 June 2017

Caspian Tern : Sker

Few 'record' pics from yesterday afternoon..........















Cwm Ivy

Red-backed Shrike per Graham by track before you walk out to Beach,

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Aberthaw

4 Whimbrel at Aberthaw this morning

Caspian Tern

Speaking to a gent in the hide earlier today who was watching the bird  explained how he was watching and photographing the bird yesterday !!
So at least it's second day!
Steve Hinton and Alun Hughes.

Caspian Tern

Not so easy to Phone Scope due to the wind. Appeared on the beach at around 2.20 and still there after 4ish following the early morning sighting at Briton Ferry. 

Caspian Tern

Showing well on Kenfig Beach still between River mouth and Sker Point, 4pm at least.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Jim Ellis

There was a really good turn out from the Cardiff birders today to see Jim off. Some old birding faces not seen together for many a year. Some good stories from twitches from the 80s & 90s. Really nice spread put on in Fleurs by Jim's family too. They certainly threw away the mould when Jim was born. Great Chap, will be sorely missed by all the birders who knew him.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Jim Ellis's funeral tomorrow.

I'm gutted i can't make it tomorrow,i have to be in Swansea by 9 am. I hope a lot of his old birding mates turn up,he deserves it.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Cosmeston

The Night Heron was still present at dusk feeding under trees on the north shore of East Lake. Earlier it had been viewable from the bridge sat in a tree on the edge of West Lake Reedbed.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Glamorgan

A family of Red kites were out feeding, they were following a tractor cutting grass in a local field picking up small mammals as it went along. The Llanilid Quail that had arrived in a different area  was flushed by grass cutting in a area never cut before and did not need cutting around 40 bee orchids also went with it

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Porthcawl

A seawatch this evening produced Manx Shearwater 100+, Gannet 50+, Fulmar 10+, Auk sp 5 and a summer plumaged Red-throated Diver sat on the sea. Also a Porpoise showing really well just off the surf. 

Rose-coloured Starling : Gowerton

A few pics of the stunning adult bird at Cedar Close, Gowerton from a visit earlier today........









Saturday, 10 June 2017

Glamorgan

A quail was seen twice at a probable breeding site with  70 bee orchids also

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Castell Coch

One singing Wood Warbler & another calling - possible pair, in beech woods above Castell Coch. Also one large spike of Bird's-nest Orchid & several Broad-leaved Helleborine.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Jim Ellis

Jim's funeral will be held at Thornhill 11am Friday 23/06/17. All Jim's old birding friends are welcome. Afterwards there will be refreshments at The Fleurs Club, Portmanmoor Road, Splott Cardiff.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

My New Garden Pond LLanharry

Four spotted Chaser



Rodborough Alun Hughes Steven Hinton


Roman Snail and Green Hairstreak

Good day out at Rodborough with Steve,  Large skipper Small Heath Green Hairstreak Comma Peacock  Duke Of Burgundy Small Blue Common Blue Adonis Blue Brown Argus Speckled wood impressive Roman Snails

Rodborough common Alun Hughes Steven Hinton

Small Blue

Wood Tiger

Brown Argus


Rodborough common

Duke of Burgundy
Adonis blue

Monday, 29 May 2017

Jim Ellis

Sad News. Just to inform all Glamorgan birders who knew Jim Ellis that he passed away last night aged 91. Jim was well know to Cardiff birders as a regular in the Gower pub & on Cardiff Nats. trips. He was Cardiff's oldest birder. RIP.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Llanilid

No birds of note this afternoon but more dragonfly hairy and four spotted dragonflies

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Peregrines.

Fascinating watching a pair of Peregrines yesterday hunting. 3 times they left the cliffs together obviously hungry and hunting as an organized pair,the female attacked from above while the male came in from below. There were some very lucky Pigeons yesterday. Awesome !

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Llanilid

A pair of hobby also at Llanilid with a good show of swift a large emergence of Hairy dragonflies a single summer p Dunlin Cuckoo calling first thing

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Aberthaw

 Exciting morning as far as hirindines are concerned.
Great to see a Swifts moving through into windy easterlies along with House Martins and Sand Martins.
A brief glimpse of a swallow with orange underparts was lost but 30 mins later was seen well in same area. Transivita I suppose, not seen one here for a few years.
Following the hirindines was s Hobby which also flew off east.
Half a dozen Whimbrel about, also 8 Tufteds on the pool.
Yesterday there were 22 Stock Doves in fields at Llancadle.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Aberthaw

At least 14 Whimbrel, 3 Smart Barwits and a single Knot.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Llanilid

Bean and Greylag  geese one of each this morning

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Cardiff UA

Garth Mt. this rather cool am produced Cuckoo, Garden Wbr., Tree Pipit, Willow Wbr., Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Stonechat, Jay & Bullfinch of note. Brings my Cardiff Leisure List to 110.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Llanilid

On site this morning 8 common sands 2 greenshank that was the good news the sad news is  the police are practicing a firearm drill with blanks  and dummy explosive devices right in the middle of a breeding sch one  area  for the next  seven weeks  I informed the officer in charge but it still went on I doubt the Lapwing chicks will last a week. Can you imagine this happening anywhere else  no waders left after this

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Llanilid

6 Lapwing chicks hope they survive

Bryngarw to Llangeinor

Went looking for redstart and pied fly with no luck but Lesser peck near Llangeinor was a nice surprise (found by my wife) plenty of blackcap,chiffy ,blue and great tits a single goldcrest near  bryngarw house

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Birding in Leh. High in the Himalayas when this lot passed us on their pilgrimage.

https://www.facebook.com/stephen.hinton.351/videos/10207224506144800/?l=8489856694673057420

Laugharne

Myself and Alan Hughes popped down to try our luck with the Lesser Yellowlegs. It`s still about with Redshanks.
A poor record shot!
Late afternoon a look for the Greenshank down the bay in the rain!



Friday, 14 April 2017

Down west

Early purple orchids

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Cardiff UA

RGW High Tide: Wigeon (4), Teal (34), Curlew (65), Oystercatcher (85), Grey Plover (4), Whimbrel (3), Dunlin (4), Lapwing (4) & Greenshank (1).
Cardiff Bay & Barrage: Med Gull (ad S.), Wheatear (4), White Wagtail (4).
Swallow, Sand Martin, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Wbr. & Cetti's Wbr also recorded.
RN Duck seen today at CBWR (per GNS).
Cardiff Leisure List now 104.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Llanilid southern pools

Ruff today rare at this site and 1 common sand  both left hand pool looking down