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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Wasp Spiders

Still in the Vale and expanding in large numbers!


A nice selection of migrants at end of the Paddocks included Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart, Chiff Chaff, Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Reed Warbler & Tree Pipit. Highlight though was a Goshawk low over West Paddock presumably the same bird as seen in the area yesterday. 

Llanelli WWT and coastal path 12.8.17

Llanelli wetlands Spoonbill x 3  Greenshank x 5 Godwits x 20 Redshank x 5,  walked along coast path towards Llanelli Greenshank Common and Green sands lots of small wader out on the estuary

Friday, 11 August 2017

Gambia 2006

Taken 5/12/2006 as we were ready to depart the Hotel for the flight home. All looking chilled & younger!!

Thursday, 10 August 2017


Good passage of common migrants this am. Willow Wbr. (17), Chiffchaff (2), Common Whitethroat (5), Lesser Whitethroat (1), Blackcap (8), Bullfinch (2 both juvs) & Garden Wbr (6, my best ever count there). Leps: Red Admiral (4), Ringlet (1), Holly Blue (1), Speckled Wood (20+), Large White (3) & Small White (30+). Migrant Hawker (4) & Emperor (1).

Sunday, 6 August 2017



Goshawk  and red kite and a single common and green sand  at southern pools male and female clouded yellow

Thursday, 3 August 2017


Hard work this evening. 

Bonxie 1, Manx Shearwater 1 & Guillemot 1.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Few birds from Kenya.

 Grey Wren Warbler
 Fischers Sparrow Lark (Female)
 Golden Palm Weaver
Great white Pelican

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Porthcawl and Ogmore river

Porthcawl  6.15 to 7.15 best birds singles of Storm Petrel and Gannet moved to Ogmore river 8 summer plumage Dunlin 4 Redshank 10 Common sand  1 lrp 1 Whimbrel 2 Curlew till dog walkers and high tide

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Roath park lake this morning.

Lesser black backed gull and Little Egret fighting over a Pigeon.

Peregrine site.

Disappointed not to find any juvs here.

Sunday, 9 July 2017


South pools 1wood sand 1 green sand and 1 common sand

Friday, 7 July 2017

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

GWE at Roath Park Lake

Crap photo via digi-scope. Found by MCP on his way home from work. Also present PB, DRWG and cub scouts who ticked it off too. 5th record for Cardiff. 

llantwit Major

No sign of Cattle Egret early morning.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Caspian Tern : Sker

Few 'record' pics from yesterday afternoon..........

Cwm Ivy

Red-backed Shrike per Graham by track before you walk out to Beach,

Sunday, 25 June 2017


4 Whimbrel at Aberthaw this morning

Caspian Tern

Speaking to a gent in the hide earlier today who was watching the bird  explained how he was watching and photographing the bird yesterday !!
So at least it's second day!
Steve Hinton and Alun Hughes.

Caspian Tern

Not so easy to Phone Scope due to the wind. Appeared on the beach at around 2.20 and still there after 4ish following the early morning sighting at Briton Ferry. 

Caspian Tern

Showing well on Kenfig Beach still between River mouth and Sker Point, 4pm at least.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Jim Ellis

There was a really good turn out from the Cardiff birders today to see Jim off. Some old birding faces not seen together for many a year. Some good stories from twitches from the 80s & 90s. Really nice spread put on in Fleurs by Jim's family too. They certainly threw away the mould when Jim was born. Great Chap, will be sorely missed by all the birders who knew him.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Jim Ellis's funeral tomorrow.

I'm gutted i can't make it tomorrow,i have to be in Swansea by 9 am. I hope a lot of his old birding mates turn up,he deserves it.

Sunday, 18 June 2017


The Night Heron was still present at dusk feeding under trees on the north shore of East Lake. Earlier it had been viewable from the bridge sat in a tree on the edge of West Lake Reedbed.

Thursday, 15 June 2017


A family of Red kites were out feeding, they were following a tractor cutting grass in a local field picking up small mammals as it went along. The Llanilid Quail that had arrived in a different area  was flushed by grass cutting in a area never cut before and did not need cutting around 40 bee orchids also went with it

Sunday, 11 June 2017


A seawatch this evening produced Manx Shearwater 100+, Gannet 50+, Fulmar 10+, Auk sp 5 and a summer plumaged Red-throated Diver sat on the sea. Also a Porpoise showing really well just off the surf. 

Rose-coloured Starling : Gowerton

A few pics of the stunning adult bird at Cedar Close, Gowerton from a visit earlier today........

Saturday, 10 June 2017


A quail was seen twice at a probable breeding site with  70 bee orchids also

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Castell Coch

One singing Wood Warbler & another calling - possible pair, in beech woods above Castell Coch. Also one large spike of Bird's-nest Orchid & several Broad-leaved Helleborine.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Jim Ellis

Jim's funeral will be held at Thornhill 11am Friday 23/06/17. All Jim's old birding friends are welcome. Afterwards there will be refreshments at The Fleurs Club, Portmanmoor Road, Splott Cardiff.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017