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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Snow Bunting : Southerndown

Showing well yesterday about 200m east of "The Barn" in field and perching on stone wall near raised manhole cover and large opening in wall.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Aldi's waste ground 'gone!'

Shame to see this place has been cleared,it was a good place for Snipe holding 20+ birds when ever i visited also Jack Snipe and occasional S E Owl, Woodcock,Water rail,Green sand etc. Yet another Cardiff site gone forever !

Tuesday, 18 November 2014


There were 2 Dippers on the river Rhymney this morning by the bridge. A flock of 11 Stock Doves was nearby but very few birds in evidence in the surrounding woods. Need some colder weather.

Sunday, 16 November 2014


2 Yellow-legged Gulls (ad & 1CY) in the Bay along with a Norwegian ringed BH Gull. In Penarth Marina there were 2 Black Redatarts on the roof of my house. this afternoon.


Report of a snow bunting @ Southerndown, water pipit @ Ogmore. Per Birdguides.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Down on the farm.....again !

Cardiff , Queen St.

Numerous flocks of redwings going over (E/SE) this morning, circa 1000 birds in total.

Cardiff Bay

Lesser Scaup still on the reserve. Also Yellow-legged Gull & Kingfisher. 

Action at the farm

The Kingfisher was feeding well at the farm after the disturbance by the wardens cutting trees alongside the pond.

Going under

Friday, 14 November 2014


Male and Female hen harriers in to roost at dusk followed by woodcock on the walk in a lesser pecker was in the school grounds

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Kingfishers : Forest Farm NR

Paid my first visit of the Autumn/Winter this morning to Forest Farm for Kingfisher and two female birds duly obliged although only four visits over the same number of hours.

Cardiff Bay

The Lesser Scaup was on the reserve this morning amongst the Tufted Ducks. Also Shoveler and Teal. This evening in the Gull roost, ad Yellow-legged & Med Gulls. 

Pant norton / ogmore

2 ring ouzel pant norton and water pipit on the lower part of the river ogmore and a fly past male merlin were the best birds seen this morning

Sluice Farm and Rumney Great Wharf

A single Water Pipit showed well this morning just west of the blockhouse until flushed by a Sparrowhawk. Good numbers of Pied Wagtails around but otherwise quiet. c120 Dunlin flew past but no other waders and few duck.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Llanishen [Res] Marsh

Long-tailed Duck still present this morning.

Kingfisher Face Off

Wednesday, 5 November 2014


A deaths head hawk moth was at Kenfig today.

No luck at RGW this morning so called in to F F instead.

Sunday, 2 November 2014


Lavernock - Good numbers of Blackbirds  & Dunnocks, along with a few Redwings and Song Thrushes. Also Chiff Chaff 1, Blackcap 2, Siskin, Skylark & Peregrine.

Cosmeston - Chiff Chaff 3, Fieldfares 50+, Redwing 30+, Song Thrush 10+, Mistle Thrush 4, Green Woodpecker 2, Blackbird lots, Goldcrest 5+.

Cardiff Bay - 2 Yellow-legged Gulls from Ice Rink car park.  

Angle shades??

I found this in the garden this morning, is it  Angle shades?

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Hendre Lake

A Green Sandpiper was on Faendre Reen this morning and 2 Chiffchaffs were still present around the car park. Several parties of Woodpigeons were heading south west, about 800 birds in total and lots of Redwings in the area.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Newport Wetlands

A Hobby, Marsh Harrier, Little Egret and many Stonechats. Heard a few Bearded tits too, didn't see any. No starlings.

Corn Bunting - Herefordshire

Spotted 6-8 Corn Buntings while staying in a holiday cottage in Much Dewchurch, Herefordshire this week. Red on the conservation list.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

That Izzy Shrike in Pembs.

It was 3 years ago that we had the pleasure of this beauty!

Thursday, 23 October 2014


Yellow browed at Pant Norton this afternoon, per DCB.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014


6 Grey Partridge just north of the village.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Hendre Lake

The Wood Pigeon movement appeared to have started this morning with about 300 heading SW in an hour. C30 Redwings present, 3 Kingfishers, 2 Grey Wagtails, 9 Meadow Pipits and a male Blackcap. 3 Cettis were heard and more of the common species in evidence.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

3 cropped record shots from Scillies trip this week

Crymlyn Burrows

Bird still there at 12.00 cracking bird to see, a ghost of a wader in amongst the ringed plovers lots of waders moving across the beach with grey plover added to Phils sighting below. A large group of 80 knot moving across the beach with a possible curlew sand in tow did not stay long enough to get on to it,  still more waders arriving when I left

Crymlyn Burrows

Kentish Plover still present this morning at low tide on the shoreline with Sanderlings, Dunlins, Knot and Ringed Plovers.


Pretty quiet this morning with the wind direction not ideal for a heavy movement of stuff. A couple of Peregrines and Sparrowhawk along with a Merlin earlier (per WS). In the bushes Bullfinch & Chiff Chaff and overhead small numbers of Chaffinch, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Siskin, Swallow. The usual large Linnet flock knocking around and also a few Reed Buntings calling.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Cardiff Bay

The Lesser Scaup was on the reserve this afternoon viewed from the boardwalk. Otherwise, lots of Tutfed Duck, a few Shoveler and Teal, along with 2 ad Yellow-legged Gulls in the roost.

Friday, 17 October 2014


Little Stint, Spot Red. and 2 Ruff this morning but no sign of the Pec or Great White Egret.Lots of Wigeon now in.