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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Ring-necked Duck : Cosmeston CP

A few pics of the cracking drake following a mad dash after work yesterday......

Cattle Egret : St Athan

Few pics of the bird from last Sunday morning......

Monday, 27 March 2017

St Athan

The Cattle Egret was slightly closer than usual.
The Iceland Gull also kept it,s distance at Cosmeston.


Just as I finished work mid afternoon I took a call from Alan Hughes saying that there is a Ring necked Duck at cossie.
What a Beauty it is! 28 years ago I was lucky to find Glamorgans first.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

New car & new bins!

Does it pay to find a 'first' for Britain. Yes says Seymour. "Just look at this hot-rod I won for that moment of magic on Shetland". His new bins are in the post and they're top-of-the-range too. (Made by a famous Hun company). @ResBirder looks on in admiration of Seymour's new baby! The photo was taken today at Portland BO, whilst dipping on the Hume's Warbler - again!
Note: The vehicle was paid for by the Mutual Society of Friends of Cardiff based in Maesteg.

Friday, 24 March 2017


4 LRP and Jack snipe with  good numbers of lapwing again this year 1 green sand and a peregrine  over and Chiffchaffs calling  this afternoon


The Cattle Egret still at St Athan this afternoon.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017


The Cattle Egret was still present at St Athan at 2.20 pm

Monday, 20 March 2017

Cardiff Bay

The SP Black-necked Grebe showed briefly at the Cardiff yacht club, then promptly disappeared - it reappeared later near St. David's Hotel (Nice find by the Dogger). The Little Gull was in the BHG flock along with a fully hooded ad summer & ad. W Med Gulls. The Long-tailed Duck was in with 9 Scaup at Prospect Place. Also Goosander there. Nice to see Tiger today. Brings my Cardiff YL to a round 80.

St Athan

Cattle Egret still present 5pm with 2 Little Egrets.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Gileston Llanilid

Black redstart  80 wigeon at gileston cattle egret at st Athens 9.00am Green sand and lapwing best birds Llanilid 12.00


St Athan - The Cattle Egret was on the field by the bus stop/ monument until around 2pm when it flew over towards The River Thaw and dropped down out of sight a couple of fields back.

Gileston- a single Gannet drifting around off shore.

Cardiff Bay - I couldn't see the Little Gull this evening from Prospect Place but there were 2 Yellow-legged Gulls and a Med Gull.

This mornings breakfast. Watched for 10 Mins. it put up a brave fight

Saturday, 18 March 2017

St Athan

No sign about 9 am this morning but 3 Little Egrets there.
Retuned an hour later and just 1 little Egret.
There are 6 knocking about. Usually on the thaw.
The Cattle Egret is on bird guides this morning.
Also Little Gull down the bay!

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Cattle Egret at St Athan

Nice to have such a rarity minutes from the house.
Still present at 5 pm  though always distant.

The Garth

Nice sunny day on the mountain. Peregrine, Kestrel, Buzzards, Raven, Stonechat 2, Sky Larks & Chiffchaff plus several other commoner species all in song. Cardiff Year (Leisure) List now at 74. 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

RGW (high tide)

Red-throated Diver 1, DC @ 08.15, Wigeon 86, Pintail 3, Teal 33, Curlew 133, Blackwit 15, Knot 1, Redshank 30. Meadow Pipit 30, Reed Bunting 8, Cetti's Wbr. 2 (both singing) & Sky Lark (both in song flight). Of note: Field Vole 1 & Bumble-bee 3.

Head's Up: Avoid Prospect Place, Cardiff Bay - it's full of foreign gypsies with their caravans...!!


2 Redshank one green sand 1 small wader Good numbers of Jack snipe up to 6 and breeding lapwings  barn owl  seen last night

Monday, 13 March 2017

From this to this in 4 months. Amazing !

Aberthaw and Llanilid

Yesterday at Aberthaw best birds grey plover and  red kite with wheatear and A flyby med gull Today at Llanilid  first LRP and Green  sand and a calling Chiffchaff  with loads of sky larks just 1 snipe wigeon and tuffed duck good numbers of little grebes on pools

Sunday, 12 March 2017


At least 5 Wheatears aoing the coast with 30 Grey Plover on the beach.
180 Fieldfare at Llancadle.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Chilly Snaps

MCP standing on the Baltic Sea at Parnu. Those little black dots behind are ice fishermen - over two miles out. We didn't find a Greggs but had a Estonian Hesburger in Tallinn!
Believe me it was bloody parky 'up north' in the Baltic. The southern UK is positively balmy in comparison to Estonia!

Estonia 2017

 A sandy lane at Undva Bay on Saaremaa Island watching Stellers' Eider, LTDs & other sea duck.
 You know who, drove the car down the sandy lane - when.......!!!!!
Cardiff Bird Tours - We never make a crisis out of a drama. Yes we did dig ourselves out.

Saturday, 4 March 2017


A Black Redstart still about inside the power station.80+ Wigeon and the Skylarks becoming more vocal.


A white-winger at lunch time on East Lake that seemed to best fit "Viking Gull"

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Cardiff Bay

Both Glaucous Gulls were in the roost tonight along with 2 Med Gulls and a Yellow-legged Gull. Earlier a 2 hour stint along the footpath at Wern ddu failed to produce the Bluetail.

Saturday, 25 February 2017


Jack Snipes at Aberthaw and Llanlid this morning.
Probable Short e Owl near Llanharan being mobbed by crows late afternoon yesterday.

Monday, 20 February 2017


A Bittern is present in the reed bed near the entrance to Barry docks.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Who ate all the Pies 16/02/2017

On top of Brains Brewery - Taffs Mead Embankment - full of Clarkies - can a bird get more Caardiff than this?

Friday, 10 February 2017


Waxwing again this morning Cardiff Bay, Mermaid Quay. The Glaucous Gull has been seen again at Taffs Mead Embankment & an Iceland Gull on East Lake Cosmeston found by Graham. The Red-flanked Bluetail had also been seen again this am in usual spot. Let's hope it performs on the weekend!

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

7 Feburuary Black Redstart at Nash Point lighthouse 

Sunday, 5 February 2017


Cosmeston- good numbers of Duck - Tufted Duck 250+, Pochard 29, Gadwall 13.

Cardiff Bay - the 8 Scaup & Long-tailed Duck were just off the Barrage late afternoon. With good weather, the Gull roost was not the best & nothing of note could be picked up.

RF Bluetail

Anyone know who saw the bird at 12 50 reported to Birdguides " along the forest track" - long track !

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Waxwings in Neath

Belated record of 16 waxwings in Cadoxton, Neath in a private garden on Jan 16th.