Please note that all photographs,records and descriptions remain the property of the person(s) posting them.Permission must be obtained from the relevant owner before they may be reproduced or copied. Any record lifted from this site, without permission and added to any recording format will be pursued through legal recourse. You have been warned.

Membership of the blog is free to all. No membership fees are required to get involved, and we don't moderate anything (well almost). To participate simply email your details to swalesbirding@gmail.com
Note: if you click on Photographs then press F11 images will become larger. Please post a max of 3 shots/day,unless the shots are of rarities.

Sunday, 28 September 2014


Much quieter than last weekend. A few Chiff Chaffs knocking around the Church and Reserve. Otherwise Blackcap 1, and overhead Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Skylark, Mistle Thrush, Siskin, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon. Plenty of Jay sightings included one group of 17 birds.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Hendre lake am.

This poor mouse was sitting on the path wearing 2 large Ticks.

Hendre Lake

Male Redstart  in bushes north of lake earlier this afternoon. Best bird I have seen for some time.

I wouldn't mind finding another one of these beauties, this one was 3 years ago!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Dunlin : Portobello,Ogmore

A rather smart juvenile Dunlin joined the two Curlew Sandpipers as I was "togging" them......


Lavernock - An afternoon visit to the reserve was quieter than yesterday but still 1 Spotted Flycatcher lingering and a few Blackcaps and Whitethroats. The sycamores around the Church were crawling with Chiff Chaffs mid afternoon and also 2 Willow Warblers. Grasshopper Warbler and Ring Ouzel seen by Graham today too. Goldcliff - evening tide, Little Stint 4, Dunlin 7,Ringed Plover 16, Greenshank 15, Spotted Redshank 2, Ruff 4, Snipe 20+, Black-t Godwit 6, Common Sand 1, Lapwing 30. Duck numbers building up and a few Yellow Wagtails in the grass on the island.

Curlew Sandpiper : Portobello,Ogmore "Final Visit"

Made a final visit to Ogmore this morning hoping to catch the two remaining Curlew Sandpipers in better light,nice to bump into Steve and Alun............

Won't post any more,honest !!

"Who dares Rodders,who dares"................

R G W. Weasel.


In Poland recently


Llanishen Marsh (ex Res)

Common Teal (14), Wigeon (1), and light passage of Swallows and Meadow Pipits, by 09.30.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Curlew Sandpipers : Portobello,Ogmore (Return Visit)

Popped down to Ogmore this morning and managed to connect with what looks like just two remaining Curlew Sandpipers, just a shame the light was awful........


Lots of migrants but a prolonged effort failed to produce any rares. Early morning around the church and coastal path - Chiff Chaff 30+, Willow Warbler 2, Blackcap 10+, Whitethroat 2, Wheatear 1. Also, but not seen by me Sedge Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher. Overhead, Swallows moving through all morning, along with a strong movement of Meadow Pipits, together with Pied Wagtails, Skylark, Chaffinch, 2 Redpoll & 17 Jay. A return visit after lunch to the reserve this time, produced Spotted Flycatcher 2, Chiff Chaff 10+, Blackcap 5, Whitethroat 2, Lesser Whitethroat 1 and a few Goldcrests.

Llanishen Marsh (former Res)

Wigeon (1), Shoveler (3), Common Teal (8), Common Snipe (2). A few Swallows but very little evidence of steady passage normally seen at this site around this date.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Biscay 2014

Another excellent 2 days in Biscay with Slap, the Wader and Russ. A later trip than we have undertaken previously so some concerns about an unfavourable sea state, but we need not have worried as conditions were pretty good throughout.

Yesterday - Sooty Shearwater 1, Balearic Shearwater 1, Great Shearwater 15, Cory's Shearwater 6, Bonxie 2, Arctic Tern 1,  Common Tern 2, Black Tern 1,  Tern sp a few, Wigeon 5,  Fulmar, Gannet. Numbers of large whales in the Bay have been disappointing recently but we did manage a showy Fin Whale in the Southern Bay, along with 4 other large whales (prob Fins). Dolphin numbers were lower than usual with around 90 Common Dolphins, 2 Bottle-nosed Dolphins & 20 Dolphin sp. The main highlight were 2 Culvier's Beaked Whales around an hour before Santander. Also 5 Ocean Sunfish.

Today - The Northern Bay again proved good for seabirds, with the main highlight being several large flocks of Balearic Shearwaters very close to the boat as we passed Ouessant, including one of 111 birds. Totals - Great Shearwater 13, Sooty Shearwater 2,  Manx Shearwater 1,  Balearic Shearwater c450, Arctic Skua 1, Bonxie 6, Storm Petrel c50, Sandwich Tern 3, Med gull 1, Sabine's Gull 16, Gannet, Fulmar. On the Whale and Dolphin front we managed 20 Common Dolphins,  5 Harbour Porpoise & 8 Bottle-nosed Dolphins.

Plenty of passerines flying along side the boat during the 2 days with the strangest on board guest being a Quail ! Leatherback Turtle also seen but not by us unfortunately! Overall, as per usual excellent value for money and roll on next year! Slap will provide an update on the on-board entertainment shortly and if you don't like shots of Gannets avoid the blog for the next few weeks !

Leader of the pack


Little n large

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