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Saturday, 25 January 2020

Firecrest at Bute Park.

Managed one half decent shot in poor light.

Great northern Diver at Mywndy

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Brynsadler Pontyclun

A Barn owl at 18.30 at a traditional site Brynsadler Pontyclun last night

Tuesday, 31 December 2019


A few Jack Snipe this morning 

Monday, 23 December 2019

Fuerteventura Mini Trips

A few pictures from our trips to Fuerteventura this year, Dwarf Bittern & CCC (Judd), Fuerteventura Stonechat (Phil). Decent flight prices with EasyJet from Bristol and the Dwarf Bittern seems to be performing well at the moment, but how long that will last, who knows!

Trip Reports March 2019 and December 2019

Sunday, 22 December 2019


A Barn Owl has been seen on several occasions recently.

Saturday, 21 December 2019


An Otter with fish on the pool late afternoon.
Black Redstart still near the point.
There were 19 Brent geese Friday. Only 1 being dark bellied.

Saturday, 14 December 2019


18 Brent Geese near the rivermouth. All appeared to be pale bellied.
1Black redstart still at the point.
8 little Egrets at the Thaw fields.

Monday, 9 December 2019


1 SEO 1 Woodcock 2jack snipe

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Llanilid near owl field

2 SEO quartering from 8.30 to 9.30 to the right of owl field and a distance probable LEO early this morning

Monday, 2 December 2019


A Ring Ouzel was seen at the rear of fairwater leisure centre by the rugby pitch this morning.

Sunday, 1 December 2019


2 Black Redstarts along wall

Sunday, 24 November 2019


Female type Black Redstart opposite first flight of steps on wall yesterday.

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Knap Snow Bunting

Cold Knap, Barry

The Snow Bunting was still present this afternoon at 4:20 by the mini roundabout at the entrance to the beach car park, at one point feeding in the road.


6 Pale bellied Brent’s
140 Wigeon
2 Kingfishers along the beach
2 Peregrines.
Snow Bunting still at the Knap yesterday .
Red backed Shrike still yesterday  which you wouldn’t know if your not on WhatsApp groups.

Saturday, 9 November 2019


Firecrest was again along the road just down from the Caravan Park at St Mary’s Well Bay. Lots of Redwings, Fieldfares & Song Thrushes in the West Paddock Cosmeston. Yellow-legged Gull in the roost at Cardiff Bay along with a Scaup.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Rhoose Pt.

There was a Short eared Owl this morning.


short eared and barn owls, possible long eared before darkness and rain plus several woodcock

Wednesday, 9 October 2019


2 Hobbies giving superb views hunting over the West Lake Conservation Area, occasionally sitting up in trees. One bird doing the same thing yesterday. Redstart in the West Paddock hedge along with a few Blackcaps. Tufted Duck numbers increasing also Pochard on West Lake.

Saturday, 5 October 2019


2 Cuckoos over Llancadle.
Cetti’s warbler still Aberthaw.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Tuesday, 10 September 2019


Birds seen this week Nightjar first record for me at Llanilid,one was heard at the beginning of the year churring,several whinchat on site two scaup southern pools 1 green sand teal L.whitethroat two wheatear 1 grasssnake

Monday, 9 September 2019


Spent a morning with this beauty on the weekend. First session this year.

The Wryneck from Ogmore.

Water Voles

Early summer at Cosmeston.

Friday, 30 August 2019

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Bay of Biscay – Day 3 – Thursday 22nd August

We were up on deck around 7am again, and the sea state was almost mill pond like. Looking at the GPS on the phone, we were in the Northern Bay, just south of Brittany and the Brest Peninsula. For the first few hours, we had good numbers of Common Dolphins logging and playing around on the surface. The good news was that seabird numbers were on the up today. With plenty of Gannets knocking around, we soon picked up a single and then a group of Sabine’s Gulls. As the Ferry heads through the channel between Ile-de-Sein, Ouessant and the mainland, it’s often a great area for flocks of Shearwaters. This trip was no different and we encountered several large flocks of Manx Shearwater, and good numbers of Balearic Shearwaters. One such flock also contained a group of 7 Sooty Shearwaters and we had some fabulous views of both Balearic and Sooty alongside the boat.

We had a slight stringy moment when Ile-de-Sein got called as Ouessant but our GPS Map soon sorted that one out. We picked up a few Arctic and Great Skuas and as we moved up into the English Channel, we started to encounter Storm Petrels with several groups of 20-30 birds sat on the water. The sea state was ideal for spotting the rather unobtrusive Harbour Porpoise and we had regular small pods as we headed away from the Brittany Coast along with a few Ocean Sunfish. Final action of the trip as we came into Plymouth Sound were a few small groups of Manx Shearwaters and a final Sooty Shearwater. We arrived back into Plymouth at around 5pm and after a refreshment stop on the M5, we were back in Cardiff by mid evening.

Overall, not a bad 2 days, considering that the 4 berth cabin only cost £89 each for the mini-cruise. Prices on board the Pont Aven for meals and beers were reasonable enough, with the option to pay in either Pounds or Euros. The numbers of large Shearwaters don’t seem to be out there in the Western Approaches at the moment, so although disappointed not to see Cory’s, it was good to catch up with both Great and Sooty Shearwater, along with some nice views of Sabine’s Gulls. On the Cetacean front, it would have been great to see Cuvier’s Beaked Whale, but it was not to be on this particular trip but we had some fabulous views of Fin Whale and Common Dolphin.
Species - Arctic Skua 3, Great Skua 7, Storm Petrel c100, Manx Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater 15,  Balearic Shearwater 50+, Cormorant, Shag, Common Tern, Fulmar, Gannet, GBB Gull, Herring Gull, LBB Gull, Sabine’s Gull 9, Med Gull, Common Dolphin 200+, Harbour Porpoise 60+, Ocean Sunfish.

Assuming, the same route is available next year, Plymouth – Santander – Plymouth, then plans are already afoot to firm up a date for an August 2020 trip. Hopefully with a bit of notice and cabin availability we can get a few crews on the trip. Watch this space!

Bay of Biscay – Day 2 – Wednesday 21st August

After quite a few trips over the years, our preferred viewing location is on the side of the boat on Deck 6. Although the top deck gives a better all-round view, the lower decks give better opportunities for photography, particularly of Fin Whales and Dolphins. We started off on the Starboard side and ended up on the Port side coming into Santander as the Sun moved around. Starting off in the Northern Bay, south of the Brest Peninsula, we spend all day on deck from around 7am until we arrived in Santander at 5pm British time.

Bird wise it was extremely slow, with only 7 seabirds of 4 species seen. But it was quality rather than quantity, and we did have good views of both Great Shearwater and Sabine’s Gull.  A pair of Common Swifts following the boat for an hour or two, were a great example of migration in action and with bird numbers so low, most of the time was spent looking for Whale blows and Dolphin splashes. We had regular blows as we headed south through the Bay, and several great views of Fin Whales that surfaced along the boat. Dolphin numbers were low, but we did manage both Common and Striped, although disappointingly, no Pilot Whales or Beaked Whales.

Mini-cruise passengers have to disembark in Santander and after checking in and collecting our boarding cards for the return trip, we headed straight over to our favourite Bar/Restaurant, in the square next to the Cathedral. With the Ferry in Santander for only around 3 hours, you get just about enough time for a quick meal and a beer or two and at 5 Euros, our Burger and Chips was great value.Heading back out of Santander, it was dark, so no more birding for us and straight to the bar for the evening Cabaret.
Species - Great Shearwater 1, Sabine’s Gull 2, Yellow-legged Gull 3, Kittiwake 1, Common Swift 2, Fin Whale 7, Rorqual sp 19, Common Dolphin 5, Striped Dolphin 5, Dolphin sp 20+

Bay of Biscay – Day 1 – Tuesday 20th August

Leaving Cardiff around midday, we made good timing to Plymouth Ferry Port for our 6pm sailing, with a stop at Taunton Deane Services on the way. Parking is available right outside the terminal building, and we paid the £12 per day for 3 days, working out at £9 each. Once inside, the news was that the Pont Aven was running 2 hours late, so we settled in to await boarding and departure. Once on board, after finding our cabin, we headed to the self service restaurant, for 4 lots of Fish and Chips. After eating, myself and Phil opted for a quick look on deck in the last of the daylight, whilst Steve and Alun headed to the Bar!

Species - Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Sandwich Tern.

Thursday, 1 August 2019


2 wood and 3 green sands this morning 1wood left tonight before  flying off high  1 green also left southern pools

Monday, 29 July 2019

Southern pools Llanilid

Wood and green sand kingfisher and juv redstart
400  plus  wintergreen plants

Friday, 26 July 2019


A Lesser Emperor found dead there this morning.
Hobby over Llancadle.
Great White Egret over Gileston yesterday.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019