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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Willow tit at Garwnant.

Sunday, 18 March 2018


Large numbers of Thrushes in the snow this afternoon in West Paddock including 100+ Fieldfare. On East Lake 2 Yellow-legged Gulls. Duck included the male Scaup and several Shoveler. Also Sand Martin and Chiff Chaff.

Saturday, 17 March 2018


Friday, 16 March 2018

Forest Ganol

A quick few minutes between work calls this afternoon produced 2 Hawfinches (both m.) and at least 30 bramblings. Fortunately neither of the Hawfinches were adorning jewellery, as rumour has it that mist nets were evident earlier. 

Tuesday, 13 March 2018


The Willow tits are attracting a regular stream of admirers at the moment. Not many reliable sites left now.The Crossbills are a nice bonus too.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Barry Docks

still 2 Great n Divers.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

About 40 mixed Thrushes spent the day in my garden today.

They were also joined by 3 Blackbirds, 2 Song thrushes, single Mistle thrush and a pair of Blackcap.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Lamby lake yesterday.

Both leucistic Herring gull and Black headed gull present.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Leucistic gulls on Lamby lake.

The leucistic Black headed gull on Lamby lake yesterday was replaced by this leucistic Herring gull today.

Saturday, 24 February 2018


This afternoon at Cosmeston there were ad & 3CY Yellow-legged Gulls on East Lake. Also Peregrine over West Paddock. At Cardiff Bay there was a nice 2CY Caspian Gull in the roost, viewable from Prospect Place towards Ice Rink side of Bay.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Drake Scaup. Lamby lake this a.m.

I think this is my 1st record at this site. The Glaucous gull was seen briefly this morning at grid ref ST246790.

Llantrisant Forest

A male anad female Goshawk showed for 5 minutes this morning, they were chased off by buzzards and not seen again

Monday, 19 February 2018

Barry Docks

2 G N Divers together on East dock this morning.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Llantrisant Forest

12 Crossbill 1Woodcock  5 Siskin A Red kite over were the highlight of a long walk today

Monday, 12 February 2018

Iceland Gull

A few screen grabs from some IPhone Video of the 2W Iceland Gull that has been seen at Cosmeston  a few times in the last week. The bird which is presumably the Heliport bird that Graham found a little while ago, has been dropping in to bathe for 15-20 minutes before flying off, so somewhat difficult to catch up with.

Central Thailand January 2017 Trip Report

Better late than never 😉 Trip Report

Lanzarote & Fuerteventura November 2017

A copy of our Trip Report can be found here
Houbara Bustard pic by Judd.

Barry Docks

Still 2 G n Divers west dock.
Yesterday the Firecrest was still at Sofia Gardens.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Flemingston Moor

Didn`t expect to see a Hooded Crow this morning. Bird flew north.
Also a Red Kite there and 400 Lapwings with a few Goldies.
The G N Diver still on East Dock.
Sofia Gdns, the Firecrest also still.

North East of Cardiff earlier this week.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018


A Barn Owl hunting alongside the road late afternoon approaching Llancadle  was the first for a few years.

Friday, 26 January 2018

Barry Docks

The GN Divers were present today.
1 on East and 1 on West Docks.
And 1 flew in circled 4 times and flew out to sea, it had left as far as I know.
On return short while later ther were 2 on west dock together and the other bird still Eas Dock.
So there are 3 G N Divers about. It must have flown back in!
I watched the bird on East Dock and on return to west dock could only find 1 there.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018


Woodcock was taken prey by a sparrow hawk y.morning

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Cardiff Bay

Juv Iceland Gull in roost picked up by PB.

Saturday, 20 January 2018


Ring tail Harrier and a Short eared Owl and a few Jack Snipe.
Per Alan Hughes

Sophia gardens.


Nice views of a Hawfinch sat up in the rain this afternoon, in trees at the bottom of West Paddock (SW corner)  just by the fence between the paddock and the path around West Lake.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Cardiff Bay

Evening roost attracted more observers than usual, patience rewarded with 1w Caspian Gull in gathering gloom, expertly pointed out by Lee Gregory. Second record for Eastern Glamorgan, well done Gareth Stamp for persistence.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

sofia Gardens

The Firecrest showed briefly mid morning.
G n Diver still Barry Docks.y

Sunday, 14 January 2018


Both Great Northern Divers were at Barry Waterfront this pm ranging up and down the dock. Also Med Gull. Earlier the Whooper Swan was viewable distantly at Flemingston Moor. Yellow-legged Gull and Med Gull in the Cardiff Bay gull roost.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Barry Docks

Spent a few hours here today but could only find 1 Diver.
The Whooper Swan was still at Flemingston moor.

Great northern Diver

Barry Docks

Friday, 12 January 2018


6 Jack snipe best birds this afternoon

Barry Docks

The Great n Diver was joined by another this pm, presumably the bird from the Bay. Also the Slav briefly.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Barry Docks

The G n Diver was present this pm also the Slav Grebe still but both birds distant.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018


Brent Geese numbers back up to 21 with 3 being dark bellied. Just before christmas I had counted 25.
Wigeon back to about 50 with numbers about 150 before Christmas.
There was a Pipit showing just inside fence between the 2 flights of steps which probably is a Littoralis Rock Pipit, in with about 10 Rock and a few Meadow Pipits.
A walk over Barry Island yesterday I saw which was very propably a northern Herring Gull.
Still no sign of the Ivory Gull at Gileston- 20 years to the day!

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Glaucous Gull

A juv bird appeared in the roost of 3000+ large gulls in Cardiff Bay late on picked up by MM. Also Yellow-legged Gull.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

A few more Lanzarote Pics

Stone Curlew picked up dead whilst searching for Houbara Bustard.

                               Phil watching a live Stone Curlew.