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Friday, 29 August 2014

F Farm.

Popped in for a hour to get out of the rain and found the feeders very quiet.It might have been due to a Male Sprawk which came through twice while i was there making everything edgy.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Cardiff Bay

Gull roost this evening - 2 ad Yellow Gulls & 2 Med Gulls (ad & juv). A couple of Shoveler still on the reserve & Kingfisher. 

The famous Black pipe ( R Est) has gone! Pykies ?

Greedy Grebe,Lamby lake.

A Spotted Redshank flew along R G W heading for Rhymney est,also 4 Wheatears and a Whinchat seen.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Waders on the Move


From the A470, 5 swifts over the Taff opposite the crematorium at 18:00hrs

Troglodytes Penmarkii


Only bird of note in a one hour sea watch.

Lisvane res.

1 black necked grebe on the SE side of the res.this morning @ 09:50

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Barn Owl- Gloucester.

Pleasant afternoon with the Dabchicks.

Little Owl- Gloucester.


Lisvane Res - Black-necked Grebe still. 

Goldcliff - early am Ruff 3, Greenshank 2, Dunlin 100+, Ringed Plover 60+, Knot 6, LRP, Marsh Harrier eating a Mallard in front of first hide. Plenty of Yellow Wagtails. 

Not my shots.

 These are not my shots, but a number of us will most certainly be in the 2nd one. The 1st photograph was at the Grey cheeked thrush in Herts (2005?), the second was at a Black-billed cuckoo on St.Mary's 1985 and what a day that was! We got of the Sickonian and within hours we had Rose breasted grossbeak,Parulla warbler,yellow-billed cuckoo,black-billed cuckoo,bobolink and red eyed vireo. Is that Steve Howell in the bottom left?

Saturday, 23 August 2014


3 swifts over te Taffs well/Radyr junction of the A470 at 14:00

Friday, 22 August 2014

Kingfisher perched on my head at a session with them this morning! I must be spending too much time with them. No selfie available I'm afraid - KF didn't have a camera!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Wednesday, 20 August 2014


Greenshank green sand 1 yellow wag barn owl hunting along fence line main scrape south pools green and common sand later and a different pair of barn owls have done well with 2 maybe 3 young now flying


Just received a very interesting record of 3 Choughs recently at Nells Pt. Barry.
This has to be the most easterly record in Glamorgan. A record of a group at Aberthaw a few winters ago and a chough heard but not seen at Rhoose Pt.


Redhead Goosander on the Thaw, not seen one here before!

But, please sir, I can only do Kingfishers!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

That Tern.

Little Tern from Kenfig Nature Reserve. Silver ring on left leg, last three digits read 382- possibly 3382. Probably 5 digits if anyone would like to follow it up with the BTO.
Excellent bird - never seen one this well before! A real cracker!

Monday, 18 August 2014


Red Kite over A48 at Pentre Meyrick.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Main scrape Llanilid

1spotted redshank flew to south pools but could not find after ,still on main scrape  2 greenshanks 2 green sands spotted fly on fence  line

Lisvane Res

Black-necked Grebe still present today, at least until 15.45, viewable from the car park.

"star" Tern, Kenfig pool east shore 11 00 to 13 00.

The Vale hide last week.

Heliport (Foreshore rd).

Female type Marsh Harrier over Heli heading towards Car-bay at 8.10am.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

KNNR juv Little Tern this a.m.

Smudger executing the Wader manoeuvre for Little Tern


4 greenshank flew to main scrape from south pools. Per AH

Lisvane Res

B n Grebe viewable from car park.

Newton to Ogmore river Friday 15th

Lots of waders on this stretch of coast feeding on the rock beds ringed plover 200 smaller numbers of dunlin sanderling turnstone curlew 1whimbrel 1 med gull. A smaller wader spec was feeding with the dunlin and sanderling which I could not id it was pushed up and down the beach and was lost on the beds towards Newton after a short 1 hour search ,it was a different bird from the juv little stint the day before,worth keeping a eye-out if you go down this way birding

Friday, 15 August 2014

Cardiff Bay

2 Yellow-legged Gulls in the roost tonight. A couple of Great Black Backed Gulls knocking around too. 

August 14th another day with the kingfisher

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Little Tern (Juv) : KNNR

Took a chance this evening that the juvenile Little Tern which showed this morning but flew off south at 9.30am may have returned to the pool,after about half an hour at 7.00pm it appeared at the south end of the pool and flew on to the posts mid-way between the south end and the boathouse,it stayed for about 30 mins and after feeding at the northern lagoon disappeared again.
Have a feeling it may be commuting between Kenfig Pool and Eglwys Nunydd Res'r.

little tern at Kenfig Pool this morning

Called in Slimbridge y day, pr. Blue-head Wags with 2 juvs on the Dumbles, good scope necessary !