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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.

Friday, 18 December 2020


Cardiff Bay - The 1CY Caspian Gull showed reasonably well off the Ice Rink Car Park this evening amongst the rain and general gloom. Otherwise the Scaup was still amongst the Tufted flock but no sign of any Ring-necked Ducks. Earlier at Cosmeston the Wigeon was still present along with a Chiff Chaff in Cogan Wood, where yesterday the Marsh Tit showed well in the general area of the Dragon Sculpture. 

Sunday, 13 December 2020


The 1CY female Ring-necked Duck was still on Cosmeston West Lake this pm along with a male Wigeon and a few Gadwall. Elsewhere, a look from the boardwalk in Cardiff Bay at the gull roost produced at least 3 Yellow-legged Gulls and a 1CY Caspian Gull sat on a buoy.

Saturday, 5 December 2020

Cardiff Bay

The 1CY Caspian Gull that has been gracing the Bay since last weekend again appeared in the roost this evening. However, it was quite distant sat out in the middle of the bay viewed from the boardwalk from 16:15. There were also at least 3 Yellow-legged Gulls amongst the roost.

Saturday, 14 November 2020

St Mary’s Well Bay

Firecrest this pm by the ruined house. Presumably the same bird Graham saw recently.

Sunday, 1 November 2020

Cardiff Bay

The Ring-necked Ducks were back in the Bay late afternoon with the main Tufted Duck flock in front of the Ice Rink Car Park. 

Saturday, 31 October 2020


Both Ring-necked Ducks were showing very well on East Lake, Cosmeston this afternoon, although the main Tufted Duck flock appears to be elsewhere, presumably down the Bay. At Lavernock, Crossbill & Swallow.

Tawny owl.

Tawny owl taken at Roath park and the moon from up in the sky.😂

Sunday, 25 October 2020

Ring-necked Ducks

The Cosmeston Ring-necked Duck was joined by a second bird today (thanks Graham), and both birds were showing very well late afternoon in the SW corner of East Lake.

Friday, 23 October 2020


The Ring-necked Duck was still at Cosmeston on West Lake this morning, whilst the male Goldeneye was on East Lake. Plenty of  Thrushes still in West Paddock along with a few late Swallows. 

Wednesday, 21 October 2020


There’s been a 1CY Ring-necked Duck at Cosmeston for the last few days and there was a Yellow-browed Warbler briefly this evening half way along the West Paddock Hedge. Also quite a few Redwing and Fieldfares.

Thursday, 15 October 2020


Tuesday 2 YB WARBLERS Thursday 1 SEO same place as last year

Friday, 9 October 2020


Flyover Cranes between Llanharry and cowbridge

Thursday, 3 September 2020

Pembrokeshire Gann

MAX 6 Greenshank 1 L Stint 8 Redshank 6 Dunlin 3 R.Plover 1 Wheatear St Anne's point Wheatear 6 chough

Wednesday, 2 September 2020


Gann 2 Curlew sands 4 R shanks 9 Dunlin 1 med gull weather turned bad on to saint Ann's head wheatear x3 1 juv yellow wag dale airfield R plover and 1 wader spec gave up after weather got worse

Tuesday, 1 September 2020


West Williamson 2 brown hairstreak 1 term spec Carew mill 1 curlew sand 15 redshank 1 L Egret Angle light house point 2 gannets star bird Osprey over

Saturday, 22 August 2020


 8-11am Storm Petrel 6, Manx Shearwater 21, Gannet, Fulmar & Med Gull.

Friday, 21 August 2020

Lavernock Point

A seawatch this morning produced Arctic Skua 1, Sandwich Tern 1, Commic Tern 2, Common Scoter 1, Gannet 50, Manx Shearwater 70, Med Gull 2, Little Egret 1, Whimbrel 4 & a few Fulmars. 

Sunday, 16 August 2020


A scattering of migrants yesterday and today in West Paddock and Sully Brook included small numbers of Willow Warblers, several Tree Pipits, 1 Whinchat, 2 Wheatears, Blackcaps and a few Whitethroats. 

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Llanilid southern pools

1 Greenshank 2 Green sands 3 Snipe