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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Dunlin : Portobello, Ogmore

There was a single juv Dunlin cosying up to the four Curlew Sandpipers as well........

Curlew Sandpiper : Portobello,Ogmore

Made a mad dash down to Ogmore after work and with only about 45 mins of usable light left managed to find one of the birds which performed nicely,then flew off and came back about 5 mins later with it's three mates,well worth the effort..........

Monday, 15 September 2014


Wood Sandpiper and 1 Curlew Sand this evening.
3 Curlew Sands at Ogmore.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Ogmore / Llanilid

Curlew sand still with Dunlin Yellow and White wags No sign of juv LRP or second
Curlew sand brief signting of otter on lower river Llanilid 3 juv r.plovers
this was caught in the moth trap last night (ok the cat brought it in ) Convolvulus hawk moth i think if anyone wants it i still have it

Dave Palmer found a Wryneck today at Aberthaw by the old bakehouse at 11 50 am but flew west

Llanishen 'swamp' (ex-Res)

Wigeon (5), Teal (3+), Shoveler (1), Gadwall (1 male), Wheatear (1).

Lavernock Point

Firecrest around car park/church yard 10:30. Also Willow Warbler, Chiff Chaff, Spotted Flycatcher. Steady stream of Swallows, House Martin, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail. A few Stock Doves knocking around top fields. 


2 Curlew Sands and a L r plover.
Aberthaw. 15 Wigeon.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Llanishen / Lisvane Res

Black-necked Grebe (juv, still present) plus Teal (5), Shoveler (4).

Cardiff Bay

Lesser Scaup from boardwalk. Also Wigeon,  ad Med Gull, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls. 

Monday, 8 September 2014


News recieved today of a juvenile Dotterel near the Studios.
Although looked for there has been no sign today.
2 Greenshank and a Yellow Wagtail.

Possible Eastern Phoebe in Glamorgan !!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Friday's frolics

 I managed to skive for an hour on Friday morning at Forest Fm. there were more rats than birds!

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Spotted Fly

Checked the hide for a few hours this afternoon but neither of the 2 present came to drink.

Llanishen & Lisvane Res

Black-necked Grebe (juv), still on Llanishen Res, this is the same individual that first appeared on Lisvane Res on 30 Aug. Also present today, Wigeon (2), Teal (6), Shoveler (1), Tree Pipit (2).

Friday, 5 September 2014

The Vale hide.

Popped in for a sandwich and a coffee and within minutes a Spotted Fly tried to land on the ledge just 18" from me.
Returned mid afternoon and 5 were present on various perches, also giving good views were Whitethroat, Blackcap, 2 Chiffys, 3 Yellowhammers, goldfinches greenfinches  and a few other common species, all that came to drink and bathe.
There were 2 chiffys drinking together and Spotfly and Yellowhammer together!
Spotfly was coming to drink and bathe about every 15 mins often as close as 12 ft.
Slap managed the last hour and we enjoyed several visits from the Spotfly  together.
Photos soon.

Vale Hide

At least 5 Spotted Flycatchers in front of the hide.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Knot : Llanilid "..........well everybody else has togged it "

Llanilid south pools

No waders tonight a quick trip over to south pools and up to 10,000 swallow house/sand martins came to feed  for around 10 to 15mins before moving through one of  those magical birding moments the air was thick with birds never seen so many birds stop to feed the whole place came to life


A few waders this am & a chance to try out the new viewing platform. Ruff 4, Spotted Redshank 1, Greenshank 6, Snipe 8, Black-tailed Godwit c60, lots of Yellow Wagtails, Whinchat, Chiff Chaff, Blackcap. 

Monday, 1 September 2014


Ruff and Knot upto 10 flyover waders were prob grey or golden plover heading towards parc slip

BNG Lisvane res = the remaining one on 01/09/14

Sunday, 31 August 2014


Juv Knot Ruff Greenshank and Green sandpiper on main scrape


The stupidly tame Med Gull was at Cosmeston again today on the shore of East Lake just past the end of the boardwalk.

Earlier at Cardiff Bay, in addition to swarms of police (must be something going on this week ?) in the bushes by the new Yacht club - Chiff Chaff 4, Willow Warbler 1, Blackcap 1, Whitethroat 1, Reed Warbler 1. Over on the ice rink side, Wheatear 2 & Willow Warbler 1

Lamby lake.

Single Spot-fly.

Saturday, 30 August 2014


A few migrants at Cosmeston late morning included Willow Warbler 6, Chiff Chaff 2, Sedge Warbler 1, Blackcap 1, Tree Pipit 2, Grey Wagtail 2. Also a showy 1CY Med Gull and a few Tufted Ducks starting to arrive back.

Lisvane Res

Black-necked Grebe, 2 birds present this afternoon, the long-staying bird since 16 Aug still plus a new bird, not the same as the moulting adult there a few days ago, the new arrival appears to be a juvenile. Otherwise, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Common Sandpiper.

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

Monday, 25 August 2014