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Tuesday, 15 June 2021

River Warbler HAM HALL

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Rose-coloured Starling

Nice Rose-coloured Starling at Lavernock this evening, found by Graham in the 3rd field back along the coastal footpath towards Penarth. There are nesting Skylarks in the field so please stick to the edges.

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Lavernock Point

An early morning seawatch from 05:50 - 09:00 in the hope of catching things coming back down the channel after the big blow was fairly productive. Down channel, Great Northern Diver 2, Bonxie 1, Storm Petrel 8, Manx Shearwater 35, Gannet 1, Kittiwake 1, Arctic Tern 1 and Auk sp 4.

Friday, 21 May 2021

Lavernock Point

13:30 - 18:30 - Great Northern Diver 8 (6 sat on sea for a couple of hours and 2 other birds down channel), Storm Petrel 5, Guillemot 1, Razorbill 1, Kittiwake 1, also a few Gannets, Manx Shearwaters, Fulmars & a distant Skua sp.

Saturday, 15 May 2021

Sunday, 9 May 2021

Lavernock Point

6.00 - 10.20 - Pom Skua 7,  Arctic Skua 1, Skua sp 1 all up channel, Black Tern 10, Sandwich Tern 1, Common Scoter 4 d/c. Also a few small groups of Dunlin and a couple of Whimbrel.

Monday, 3 May 2021

Lavernock Point

Nice little seawatch at Lavernock over the high tide from 11:30 to 15:30 was surprisingly good. 

8 Arctic Skuas all up channel, 2 Arctic Terns, 300 Manx Shearwater, 200 Gannet,  2 Auk sp, 4 Fulmar, 10 Kittiwake, 12 Whimbrel & 1 Little Egret. With Graham, Wayne & Mat.

Garreg Lwyd

A single Dotterel and up to 12 Golden plover seen briefly (Saturday) and a Barn owl at the end of my garden at dusk

Thursday, 29 April 2021


A few Garden warblers L whitethroat 1 Redshank And 1 C.sand south pools and a Barn Owl at the end of my Garden this evening

Wednesday, 28 April 2021


 Single Brent Goose with half a dozen Barwits  yesterday.

Black Redstart Barry Docks

Sunday, 25 April 2021

Cardiff Bay

Both Bonaparte’s Gulls were viewable distantly from Penarth Marina this evening, feeding in the middle of the bay. Also 4+ Little Gulls and a few Med Gulls.

Saturday, 24 April 2021


Up to 12 Little Gulls in the Bay this afternoon/evening and the 2CY Bonaparte’s Gull was joined by an adult. Also a few Med Gulls and earlier 15 Swifts were over the Marina. At Cosmeston the Ring Ouzel was seen again in Sully Brook, early morning best. 

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Llanilid South pools

1 Greenshank 6 Common sands 1 Sedge and 1 Gropper this morning

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Bonaparte’s Gull

Back in the Cardiff Bay after its little trip to Gloucs. Coming close to Penarth Marina on occasions other times feeding out in the middle. 

Sunday, 18 April 2021

Sunday, 28 March 2021



The easing of Welsh Travel Restrictions was well timed yesterday to twitch the Pembs Walrus. Phone scoped from distance as it lounged around on the Lifeboat Station Silpway in Tenby. A lot cheaper than going to Svalbard 😀.

Friday, 5 March 2021

Cardiff Bay

The adult Little Gull was still in the bay tonight along with Med Gull & 2 Sand Martins.

Sunday, 28 February 2021

Cardiff Bay


The Caspian Gull was coming to bread this morning. These days it seems to spend most of its time loafing around the buoys off Penarth Marina. Otherwise, both the Little Gulls were still out in the middle of the bay.

Saturday, 27 February 2021

Cardiff Bay

Lots of Black-headed Gulls in the Bay this evening along with 2 Little Gulls, several Med Gulls & the long staying Caspian Gull. 

Sunday, 21 February 2021

Cardiff Bay


The Bonaparte’s Gull was still showing very well at Channel View this morning. The female Ring-necked Duck was off the Ice Rink Car Park with the Tufted Duck flock & the Caspian Gull was in the Bay again.

Saturday, 20 February 2021

Bonaparte’s Gull

The Bonaparte’s Gull showed distantly from Channel View late afternoon. Seems to range from here down to road bridge.

Thursday, 18 February 2021


 A Male and Female  Black Redstart in the same area just inside the power station near the carpark.

Recently there were 43 Brent Geese off Gileston and a female Scaup at Rhoose Pools.

Thursday, 11 February 2021


 A  Black Redstart along the wall searching for food on the path and on the beach. This was a female type but not seen the male recently.

Saturday, 6 February 2021



With nowhere half decent within walking distance from my home to do any birding it's back out in the shed to carve a few. Keeps me sane.

Wednesday, 3 February 2021


 The male Black Redstart was again near the fence by the carpark.

16 Little Egrets there.

Sunday, 17 January 2021


 At least 10 Hawfinches probably more in trees along the edge of Cogan Wood just north of the Dragonfly Pond in West Paddock. Otherwise, Little Egret, Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler, Tufted Duck & Pochard.

Monday, 4 January 2021


 25 Brent geese all pale bellied.

Black Redstart, 120 Wigeon, 10 shelduck, 2 Peregrines, 2 Chiffchaff.

Saturday, 2 January 2021

Cardiff Bay

The female Ring-necked Duck was back on the Wetland Reserve this afternoon whilst the Caspian Gull appeared again not long after 3pm, as usual viewed from the boardwalk.


 The Black Redstart was again at power station at the point. 1 Bar t Godwit with Curlews.

No sign of any Brent Geese . 120 Wigeons.

At Rhoose pools there was a Short eared Owl recently.

Friday, 1 January 2021

Cardiff Bay

The Caspian Gull showed at very close range from the end of the boardwalk at around 3pm. Otherwise Yellow-legged Gull and the Long-tailed Duck appeared just as it was getting dark.

Monday, 28 December 2020


 A male Black Redstart being the first here this autumn/winter was just inside the compound about200m from car park. 6 Little Egrets

11 Pale bellied Brents with 75+ Wigeon.


150 Lapwing ,100+Cananda Geese also 2 Greylags. Are mostly flooded attracting a lot of birds.

Saturday, 26 December 2020


 A juv Glaucous Gull East Lake briefly at 1:20. 

Thursday, 24 December 2020

Cardiff Bay

The 1CY Caspian Gull was off the Ice Rink Car Park briefly this evening, although most of the gulls were sat over towards the Yachts off the boardwalk due to the northerly wind. Also Scaup still present.

Sunday, 20 December 2020

Long-tailed Duck

The LT Duck showed very well at dusk in Cardiff Bay just off the Ice Rink Car park. Otherwise, the 1CY Caspian Gull put in a brief appearance along with an adult Yellow-legged Gull.

Saturday, 19 December 2020

Cardiff Bay

A bit of a Cardiff Bay purple patch this afternoon with both Caspian Gulls, 1CY & 2CY appearing in the roost along with a Great Northern Diver and Long-tailed Duck, not that I got to see any of them 😕. Hopefully, the Diver and Duck will be there tomorrow, Elsewhere the female Ring-necked Duck and a Scaup were at Cosmeston.