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Friday, 19 May 2017

Glaucous gull in front of St Davids hotel C B W R this morning.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017


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

Tuesday, 9 May 2017


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


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


 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


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

Friday, 28 April 2017


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


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


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.



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


Very quiet down the wharf this am. Ducks have all but gone, a few Mallard & Shelduck left. 6 Curlew, no other waders. A few Swallows & a House Martin (which brought the my Cardiff Leisure List up to 100). A Cetti's Wbr & Chiffchaff in the boundary hedgerow. Lets hope that the gropper stays down at the CBWR till Thursday - next day off! Hey-ho.

Sunday, 9 April 2017


2 Y.L.Gulls yesterday gone today best bird this morning a pair of Shoveler, little bit quiet on the pools today


Lesser Yellowlegs mid morning.

Thursday, 6 April 2017


The drake Ring-necked Duck (5th for Cardiff UA) was still at Cardiff Bay this am, along with 2 Scaup. Reed Warblers were singing at CBWR & Hendre Lake. Cetti's Warblers were at CBWR, Hendre & Lamby Lakes. Cardiff Leisure List now at 95!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017


At 7.55pm there was a Hooded Crow on the roof top  2 houses away from the Blue Anchor pub at Aberthaw this evening. The house with a skip outside.

Lovely start at Cardiff bay yesterday morning before the thick mist rolled in. Looks like the L t duck has finally headed north.

Friday, 31 March 2017


best birds today Redshank, lapwings, 10 swallows over just 1 Jack Snipe ,6 there a week ago

Walking the dog

seen this tawny owl after midday. Taken from phone

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Ring-necked Duck : Cosmeston CP

A few pics of the cracking drake following a mad dash after work yesterday......

Cattle Egret : St Athan

Few pics of the bird from last Sunday morning......

Monday, 27 March 2017

St Athan

The Cattle Egret was slightly closer than usual.
The Iceland Gull also kept it,s distance at Cosmeston.


Just as I finished work mid afternoon I took a call from Alan Hughes saying that there is a Ring necked Duck at cossie.
What a Beauty it is! 28 years ago I was lucky to find Glamorgans first.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

New car & new bins!

Does it pay to find a 'first' for Britain. Yes says Seymour. "Just look at this hot-rod I won for that moment of magic on Shetland". His new bins are in the post and they're top-of-the-range too. (Made by a famous Hun company). @ResBirder looks on in admiration of Seymour's new baby! The photo was taken today at Portland BO, whilst dipping on the Hume's Warbler - again!
Note: The vehicle was paid for by the Mutual Society of Friends of Cardiff based in Maesteg.

Friday, 24 March 2017


4 LRP and Jack snipe with  good numbers of lapwing again this year 1 green sand and a peregrine  over and Chiffchaffs calling  this afternoon


The Cattle Egret still at St Athan this afternoon.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017


The Cattle Egret was still present at St Athan at 2.20 pm

Monday, 20 March 2017

Cardiff Bay

The SP Black-necked Grebe showed briefly at the Cardiff yacht club, then promptly disappeared - it reappeared later near St. David's Hotel (Nice find by the Dogger). The Little Gull was in the BHG flock along with a fully hooded ad summer & ad. W Med Gulls. The Long-tailed Duck was in with 9 Scaup at Prospect Place. Also Goosander there. Nice to see Tiger today. Brings my Cardiff YL to a round 80.

St Athan

Cattle Egret still present 5pm with 2 Little Egrets.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Gileston Llanilid

Black redstart  80 wigeon at gileston cattle egret at st Athens 9.00am Green sand and lapwing best birds Llanilid 12.00


St Athan - The Cattle Egret was on the field by the bus stop/ monument until around 2pm when it flew over towards The River Thaw and dropped down out of sight a couple of fields back.

Gileston- a single Gannet drifting around off shore.

Cardiff Bay - I couldn't see the Little Gull this evening from Prospect Place but there were 2 Yellow-legged Gulls and a Med Gull.