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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Great Spotted Woodpecker


The Firecrest still present near the bridge and a Red Kite over.
D Palmer and C Woodhead.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Request for Info

Bonaparte's Gull in Cardiff 2014
I am compiling notes on the Bonaparte's Gull[s] in Cardiff during the period Jan/Mar 2014 for BBRC. I am especially looking for photos in Cardiff Bay. I have some shots from GNS on the foreshore and I have one from LM when he saw it at Cosmeston. I know that several observers saw two adults together in Cardiff Bay on 30th March - did anyone get a photo? Can anyone send me notes with drawings attached of the two, pointing out any differences between them (head pattern esp.). Please email me with any info. Many thanks DRWG. 


2 brambling in a chaffinch flock @ Whiterock, Pontypridd.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Dull gloomy Garwnant.

I struggled to find any colour.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

A wet Forest farm.

The only birds to come out and play in the rain were a few Snipe and Water rails.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Company Developing Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Plans Similar in Cardiff Bay.

"Following the public inquiry into the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon hydro scheme last year - on which the Planning Inspectorate is due to report and make its recommendations by March 2015 - the developers, Tidal Lagoon Power, have now informed the Inspectorate about plans to develop a further tidal lagoon in Cardiff Bay, with an application due in 2017. The eastern wall of the lagoon would be only 2km from the mouth of the River Usk, a Special Area of Conservation listed for its salmon runs. The risks from this new technology to migratory fish, which the developers say are minimal but which are still not clear, therefore look set to come under increasing scrutiny."

Firecrest : Ogmore

Few shots of the stunning Firecrest at Ogmore, nice to meet up with Steve and Alun, took ages to find and as long to photograph........

Firecrest at Ogmore

Not easy to photograph it`s very mobile.

Cardiff bay.

G N Diver feeding off the Skate plaza north of the sails,easily missed as spends 95 % of the time under water.

Cardiff Bay

With Hadyn Jones this morning the Lesser Scaup was present viewed from the boardwalk as was the hybrid( asleep initially trying to conceal its identity.)  Presumably offspring of a Male Tufted and female Pochard ?
Brief view of 2 flighty Black Redstarts near the marina, no sign of Great Northern Diver.

Friday, 16 January 2015


Cosmeston - No sign of the Glaucous gull unfortunately this morning. A Water rail was showing well at the start of the boardwalk, and it was good to see a few of the lads.

CBWR - Lesser scaup still in the reserve, as was the funky looking hybrid (tuftxpoch?). A scan through the gulls produced a ringed ad Med gull (PLE6 red on right), and a Kingfisher was zipping around.

No sign of the Glaucous Gull at Cossy,probably perished.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Forest farm.

The female caught at least 4 Newts as well as fish....she must have been stuffed!

Bittern Forest farm c 9.00am.

Forest Farm

The Bittern has showed again apparently.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Troes Lake

Ringtail Hen Harrier over. Per Slap.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Cardiff Bay today

Had a few hours out and about in Cardiff today with "Pedro".........

Cardiff Bay

Great Northern Diver still off Prospect Place mid bay.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

R G W.

3 S E Owls flushed together by the regular dog walker,he's here every F**king morning, he walks along the bank down to Jakes hide rests for a few minutes then walks back along the rocks,he's a pain.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Birds of 1989-90

Two amazing years of birding which holds some wonderful memories.
I thought the Harlequin Duck at Wick was 1990 but that was 1991. Then I realized what incredible years 1989 -90 was!
Just to remind some of you of the delights from those years.


Golden winged Warbler
Naumann`s Thrush
Blue cheeked Bee-eater
Red breasted Nuthatch
Double crested Cormorant
Baillon`s Crake
Dark eyed Junco
Black Headed Bunting. Marloes.
Whistling Swan
Ring necked Duck on the Gower. Yours truly.
Long billed Dowitcher. Rumney Est. Phil Bristow.


Ancient Murrelet
Tree Swallow
Yellow throated Vireo
Alpine Accentor
Northern Oriole
Swainson`s Thrush
Grey cheeked Thrush
Sardinian Warbler
Alpine Swift. Cardiff. Phil Bristow.
.....and probably a few more.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Forest Ganol

7 Hawfinches plus Goshawk circling over the woods this morning.

Great Northern Diver

In Cardiff Bay again. Viewed from ice rink car park looking distantly over towards other side. May be better from St David's Hotel per MM.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Identify the Gull - part 2

Not Ethiopia this time, Cardiff Bay this evening just before dark. 

Dartford Warbler

Barn Owl Hawling

Friday, 2 January 2015

Barn Owl : Hawling, Gloucs

Other than one distant bird the "Shorties" did not come out to hunt until after 4.00pm due to the stiff wind, a Barn Owl did however appear about 2.30pm and then disappeared only to return a little later giving superb views......

Dartford Warbler : Cheltenham

Myself and "Smudger" made a return visit to Hawling, Gloucs today for the "Shorties" and called in to Pittsville Park, Cheltenham on the way where the male Dartford Warbler performed quite well for us........

Ogmore river

1 Water pipit 2 med gulls1 adult 1 first winter a few colour ringed herring gulls mostly blue coloured rings orange letters JDJ  a small number of goldeneye redshank goosander gadwall teal


A Woodcock flew over CCR and 3 S E Owls were roosting out on the marsh.Other birds of note included Peregrine, Water rail and a couple of Stock doves.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Cardiff Bay

Great Northern Diver just flown into Bay per PB

Cardiff Bay

The Lesser Scaup was on the reserve dinner time alongside the hybrid type that has been at Cosmeston recently. Much nicer was a male Pintail, as well as Ad Med Gull & 2CY Yellow-legged Gull. 

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Water Rail : Parc Slip NR

Water Rail showed briefly on occasions this morning on pool behind visitor centre, in fact there may be two there, nowhere near as confiding as in previous winters though, will have to take some Braces Medium White sliced on next visit..........

Parc Slip

I was chasing Goldcrests. Sometimes you win

Black Redstart : Penarth Marina

Had another go for the male bird yesterday, nearly got the shot I wanted.......

Female/imm type put in an appearance as I walked back to the car, just love the natural surroundings of hoop topped railings, satellite dishes, garden walls etc

Parc Slip

firecrest present and showing well.

Shorties at Hawling

Certainly worth another look in the new year on a sunny windless rainless day


Apparently a Bittern was present p.m. in front of the hide with no door Forest Fm.