Sunday, 25 November 2012


A Kumliens type Iceland Gull was seen briefly on E lake yesterday by Glamorgan Bird Club gull guru Dave Rich. Sadly it had gone by the time I got down there after he'd 'phoned me. Keep yr eyes peeled though. For non gull buffs, you're looking for a biggish gull, about the size of a Lesser Black-back, with v pale grey upper parts and upper wings, and v pale wing tips [i.e. no black as in Herring Gull] but some pale grey marks on the tips of the primaries, the same shade as the mantle. Will look v ghostly in flight.

Friday, 23 November 2012


3 fem type Scaup on E lake this morning [offshore near the bird table area]. 16 Pochard is an increase on recent numbers.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Lavernock Point

Good passage of Redwings c300 with a few Fieldfares. Raptors were Sparrowhawk, Kestrel & Buzzard [2]. Not many finches moving, a single Sky Lark & 3 Meadow Pipits. Best was a Swallow  over the top stubble field and a Chiffchaff with two Goldcrests along the coastal path hedgerow.

Saturday, 10 November 2012


The Glamorgan Bird Club monthly walk this morning - 8 participants. Highlights were around 20 Redwing by the feeder table with a Fieldfare in with them, GS 'Pecker and Green 'Pecker in flight, mixed tit flock with L-t Tits and Goldcrest, 3 Snipe. Water Rail showed briefly by the boardwalk. Also a Black Swan present.

Thursday, 8 November 2012


This morning. LBB Gull with green Darvic ring right leg P:Z. 190 Tufted Duck in total now. Only 1 drake Pochard seen. Common Gull still present on the posts. Around 20-30 Redwing on Hawthorn by the bird feeding table. Also 1 large fem Sprawk flew from the snipe 'enclosure' and 1 Snipe sitting in the open there. This Sat - GBC guided walk at 09:30 from the cafe.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012


late news from Sun - 1 Common Gull on the W lake posts was the first of this autumn/winter.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Lavernock Point & LNR

Highlights at the point, Hawfinch (1, south), Lesser Redpoll (5, north), Swallow (1 over top stubble field), Common Crossbill (4, west over LNR), Stock Dove (7 on LNR). Also Redwing (c200), Mistle Thrush (4), Song Thrush (16), Wood Pigeon (c400), Buzzard (3 point, 1 LNR), Sparrowhawk (2), Jay (1), Blackcap (1m), LT Tit (13) & Blackbird (c30 + many more noticed in Penarth).

Sunday, 4 November 2012


just back from a week away. c.120 Tufted Duck on W lake and c.10 Pochard. Also 1 Wigeon. A few Redwing also evident.