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Thursday, 26 November 2015


A swallow flying over 'The Rec.' Roath this afternoon and a pipestrelle flying over Ninian Rd at dusk this evening....spring has sprung.


Just popped in to see this bird down the Bay. Showing incredibly well from the start of the  boardwalk at 8am. Well worth a visit. 

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Knap ,Barry

Tufted x Pochard hybrid ( lesser Scaup lookalike) this lunchtime. And it was wary!

Monday, 23 November 2015

Cardiff Birders Curry - Update

Please note the date has moved out by one day to WEDNESDAY 16th DECEMBER.
Meet at 7.00pm at Plough, Whitchurch village for 8.00pm sit down at India Gate Restaurant.
Please advise if you are attending so correct number of places are booked.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Short-eared Owls : RGW

Few shots from a first visit of the winter this afternoon in company with Richard and also Paul Denning for the last hour, probably 6-8 birds present in total.
Nice to bump into Jake, Mike, Phil and Judd at the end of the day following their successful twitch of the Surf Scoter in Somerset......

Black Redstarts : Penarth Marina

Few "record" shots of  M + F birds present today in a little jaunt with Richard.....

Two male and two female birds present  but reluctant to come down from the high rooftops, at least three cats on the prowl as well.


Finally found Rumney Great Wharf, bumped into another photographer, along the way and got confirmation this was the place.
Stonechats, Little Egrets, Grey Herons, got to see the short-eared owl, well one at least.  Also spotted a kestrel and a buzzard while walking along the levy.


Another good couple of hours at Porthcawl seems to be best just after low tide on the way back in lots of birds still feeding in the channel numbers not as good compared to yesterday
3 Leachs petrels close in again going back out
1 Great northern diver feeding another diver spec going up channel
12 scoter up channel
30 Guillemots up channel with up to 10 feeding straight out ,one or two coming and going all the time
Lots of turnstone and small wader ? Movement
It went dead from 11 onwards with just gull movement


Very quiet there this morning, just 8 p b Brent's

Saturday, 21 November 2015


Porthcawl Iron Point
Porthcawl fantastic day for sea watching best I have ever experienced! On arrival there was nobody there so thought I was in for a rubbish day that soon changed.  There must have been a big movement overnight and birds pushed up the channel. This is the list of birds passing through Porthcawl today, all birds seen going back down channel
5 Leachs storm petrels together  no more than 100 yards out
4 Shearwater 2 of which were Balearic
250 Guillemots this is a conservative count with many missed all going down channel none seen returning all the ones in mid channel 50 50 birds not counted but auks ,at one stage 10 at a time amazing passage of birds
1 very small auk spec
80 scoter
4 Divers spec 2 Red throated
1 Dark Brent goose
1 Shelduck
4 Great Crested Grebes
1 curlew
3 Kittiwakes
Skuas,these were seen far out not sure about these but 1 def Great  2 dark phase 1 light never good views, Arctic?
Just wished I got here at first light.


A Black Redstart about the village this lunchtime.


Alun Hughes is having an unexpectedly amazing sea watch. Skuas, shearwaters and leach's and outrageous numbers of Gillys.  News to follow

Wednesday, 18 November 2015


1st light - 12:55 - Bonxie 5, Gulliemot 8, Auk sp 9, Gannet 15+, Kittiwake lots, Common Gull lots, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk.

Sunday, 15 November 2015


Porthcawl am - tough going particularly as news started filtering through of Leach's Petrel every where but here. News of the Black Gulliemot at Goldcliff was nearly the nail in the coffin. Anyway, persistence paid off when MH picked up a Leach's Petrel just before midday. Otherwise a few Common Scoter, a Great Northern Diver sat on the sea and a Shag were of note.

Cardiff Heliport - after a short lunch break. A transfer of location in the hope of catching a Leach's heading back down channel in the dropping wind. Even fewer seabirds than Porthcawl but at 15:20 the plan kicked into gear when a single Leach's Petrel headed past and on towards Flat Holm.

Saturday, 14 November 2015


A Gannet was unusual to see sat amongst the rocks near the outfalls.
4 Brent Geese at least 3 being dark bellied, also ad Med Gull.

S E Owls at RGW. Still showing on and off,they don't like the wind !


Leach's Petrel down channel 8:50 & Gulliemot. Also 3 Auk sp, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Gannet and a few Kittiwakes. Looking good for tomorrow morning looking at forecast.

Friday, 13 November 2015


Only 8 x Kittiwake, 3 x Common Scoter & single Gannet up to 10.20 today. Left ReservoirDog there so maybe an update later. (MCP & DRWG).

Sunday, 8 November 2015


Cardiff Bay - Goldeneye on reserve & 2 Yellow-legged Gulls in roost. Black Redstart Penarth Marina. 

Cosmeston - lots of Redwings in fields. Also Brambling, Swallow & Chiff Chaff.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Wednesday, 4 November 2015


2 Dark bellied Brent's. 20 Wigeon and a Black Redstart briefly.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Heol y cyw

2 shorties at dusk flew off towards Bridgend end report of ringtail

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Lanius type Shrike.

apparently a Shrike was photographed at RGW today.
Has anyone seen photos Or any other info?

Monday, 26 October 2015

Red-flanked Bluetail, St. Agnes, Isles of Scilly, found 12 Oct, these taken 16 th.

Cardiff Birders Curry

Provisional date for this years Cardiff Birders Curry is Tuesday December 15th in Whitchurch.
Time & venue to confirmed. Are you coming?

Sunday, 18 October 2015

A few more holiday snaps (3).......

A few more holiday snaps (2)

Dipped on Cream-coloured Courser the one bird that I wanted.

A few more holiday snaps....

A few holiday snaps.........

Canaries Cruise from Southampton and return 27th Sept - 10th Oct with a birding day out on Lanzarote......

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Cardiff Barrage

Yellow-browed Warbler in bushes just north of Cardiff Sailing Centre Building 8:20. Then flew over fence into bushes on other side of footpath/cyclepath. Also Crossbill over. 

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Mynydd illtud.

While out photographing the Milkyway last night i heard a few Golden Plover, Snipe, Redwing,Fieldfare and Mistle thrushes flying over.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Penarth Marina

20+ Crossbill over this am plus loads of Siskin.  Beats going to Lavernock!!

Friday, 9 October 2015

Quiet Heliport.

Had a good search this morning around the Heliport and up around the dirt bike track. About a dozen Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, small numbers of Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Meadow pipits, Pied wags and Skylark over.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Garden Sparrow Hawks 10 / 2015

Seems I now have a female to terrorise the finches and tits on the feeders.Add caption

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Rhoose Pools

Yellow browed Warbler at west end of pools briefly, but such a difficult are to work!

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Hobby at Kenfig this morning 3/10/15

Hobby at Kenfig just the one, and two very trusting Dunlin, pity about the cattle Egret Steve.


A pleasant morning birding. The Cattle Egret flew from reeds near North hide just after first light. Well done Neil, another great find! Later disappeared.
A call from Neil mid morning to say he had a Firecrest, that showed on and off a few times between the Beach and hide.
A dozen or  so White Wagtails were along shoreline. Overhead were 3 Yellow Wags.
The 2 Dunlin were still on the East pool shore and a Hobby hunting over the pool.