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Monday, 23 October 2017

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Saturday, 21 October 2017


Porthcawl first light to 12:15 - Leach’s Petrel 2, Commin Scoter 24, Guilliemot 1, auk sp 10, Pom Skua 1, Arctic Skua 1, Bonxie 2, Skua sp 2, Med Gull, Purple Sandpiper 1.

Lavernock - an hour mid afternoon produced just a single Common Scoter.

Cardiff Bay - 2 Yellow-legged Gulls in roost.

I can't wait for another go at this beaut.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017


Vis-Mig today included 8 Hawfinches >W, Swallow, House Martin, Siskin, Bullfinch, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Coal Tit [10] & Reed Bunting. The Dogger was there earlier and saw more hirundines & Coal Tits. (Photo - the point looking East.)

American Golden Plover Gann Estuary 11 Oct.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Rock Thrush Pwll Du Quarry, Gwent

The bird found earlier in the day was present until dusk when it appeared to roost in a gorse bush in the lower edge of the bracken slope above the quarry. 

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Wigeon on Cors crychydd reen.

Early morning visit to Rhymney est this am.

A few Dunlin and Ringed plovers were on the rocks at the old Black pipe site and single Greenshank and Green sand flew over. Plenty of Chiffies around this morning too with single Sedge warbler. A Wigeon on Cors crychydd reen was unusual.

Saturday, 16 September 2017


High Tide pm – Ruff 5, Spotted Redshank 1, Greenshank 8, Dunlin 25, Ringed Plover 15, Little Stint 2, Curlew Sandpiper 1, Knot 2, Snipe 4. Also Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Curlew, Lapwing, Wheatear.

Thursday, 14 September 2017


Firecrest in with the goldcrest  this morning walk along the track that runs  at the back of the southern pools also plenty of Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers THIS SITE IS NOW UP FOR SALE ANYONE WITH SPARE CASH

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Grey Phalarope at Ogmore Est 12/09/17

The trials of mobile phone scoping for NPR

Little Beauty

Monday, 4 September 2017


No rarer waders but snipe and juv water rail hope the Lesser yellowleg gets pick up again

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Lesser Yellowlegs

Kenfig Pool found by Neil D.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Woodchat Shrike : Frog Moor, Reynoldston, Gower

A few pics from a visit late afternoon Sun 27. August 2017.....

Celtic Deep Pelagic : Sat 26. August 2017

A few pics from a very enjoyable trip last weekend......

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Spiders in the Vale

Found this Larinioides  Cornutus, The furrow Spider yesterday  whilst searching for Wasp Spiders which are expanding much further than first thought.! Just a handful of records.

Gileston early morning

4 Grey Partridge, 2 Yellow Wags over.2 Yellowhammers.
Steady stream of hirindines.

Saturday, 26 August 2017


Studio pool A family of 4 Kingfisher,s and a family's of Grey Herons plus Swifts House martins Swallows 1 Green sand ,South pools 1 Green sand Grass and Reed warblers  and a single blackcap Black darter  and a single Clouded yellow  were seen

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Grippers not Dippers!

A rather happy group of Cardiff Birders at Portland on Monday 21st. This was followed by two rather nice moths: Four Spotted & Hummingbird Hawk and finished off with a chip shop supper from the Cod Father.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Straits of Magellan - seabirds

Grey headed Gull
Black-browed Albatross
Southern Giant Petrel

A few from Chile - earlier this year.

Tufted - tit - Tyrant - Torres del Paine

Fire eyed Diucon

Magellanic Horned Owl - Tierra del Fuego

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Wasp Spiders

Still in the Vale and expanding in large numbers!


A nice selection of migrants at end of the Paddocks included Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart, Chiff Chaff, Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Reed Warbler & Tree Pipit. Highlight though was a Goshawk low over West Paddock presumably the same bird as seen in the area yesterday. 

Llanelli WWT and coastal path 12.8.17

Llanelli wetlands Spoonbill x 3  Greenshank x 5 Godwits x 20 Redshank x 5,  walked along coast path towards Llanelli Greenshank Common and Green sands lots of small wader out on the estuary

Friday, 11 August 2017

Gambia 2006

Taken 5/12/2006 as we were ready to depart the Hotel for the flight home. All looking chilled & younger!!

Thursday, 10 August 2017


Good passage of common migrants this am. Willow Wbr. (17), Chiffchaff (2), Common Whitethroat (5), Lesser Whitethroat (1), Blackcap (8), Bullfinch (2 both juvs) & Garden Wbr (6, my best ever count there). Leps: Red Admiral (4), Ringlet (1), Holly Blue (1), Speckled Wood (20+), Large White (3) & Small White (30+). Migrant Hawker (4) & Emperor (1).

Sunday, 6 August 2017



Goshawk  and red kite and a single common and green sand  at southern pools male and female clouded yellow

Thursday, 3 August 2017


Hard work this evening. 

Bonxie 1, Manx Shearwater 1 & Guillemot 1.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Few birds from Kenya.

 Grey Wren Warbler
 Fischers Sparrow Lark (Female)
 Golden Palm Weaver
Great white Pelican

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Porthcawl and Ogmore river

Porthcawl  6.15 to 7.15 best birds singles of Storm Petrel and Gannet moved to Ogmore river 8 summer plumage Dunlin 4 Redshank 10 Common sand  1 lrp 1 Whimbrel 2 Curlew till dog walkers and high tide

Wednesday, 26 July 2017