Monday, 28 December 2015


Jack and Common Snipe this morning, flushed by our pooch from the large puddles outside the 'snipe paddock' [far end]. W lake had 3 Little Grebe, pr Gadwall, pr Pochard, and Common Gull on the posts. E lake 4 GC Grebes. The resident flock of Tufted distributed evenly between the two lakes. Loads of people and extremely muddy off the paths.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015


There was a Bar-headed Goose yesterday, first seen by Ceri Jones in the morning and still present when I paid a brief visit at 3 p.m., together  with 3 very plump white domestic geese! No sign this morning but a pair of Wigeon on W lake were 'new'.

Monday, 14 December 2015


Apart from the usual 100 or so Canadas and 70 odd Tufties, there was a pair of Gadwall on W lake plus 2 Little Grebe and a Common Gull on the posts. I had a report from a walking acquaintance of a brief view of a Bittern in the W lake reeds. 30-40 Redwing and 10 Blackbirds were around the W paddock area and 40 B-h Gulls were feeding on the very muddy ground there. 10 Long-t Tits by Med Village and 4 Goldfinch. The whole place is a quagmire off the main paths.

Monday, 7 December 2015


4 Pochard on W lake this morning!! Wow! :-) A few Redwing and Fieldfare plus a few Mistle Thrush feeding on sloes. Ad Heron in tree by W lake, and o/w just the usual.

Saturday, 5 December 2015


Other than the usuals on the lakes this morning were 1 drake Gadwall, 3 Wigeon [1m 2f] and a pair of Pochard. c.100 Canada Geese have taken over the place. No interesting gulls on E lake despite the wind.

Monday, 23 November 2015


100 Canadas on W lake, 6 Wigeon, 45 Tufted, 5 Pochard, 1 Heron on the posts, 1 Common Gull with 80 BH Gulls, 2 Goldcrest in trees by Med Village.

Saturday, 14 November 2015


An AdW Med Gull was in the middle of E lake this morning.
This video clip on YouTube was taken hand held at 50x optical mag, in the rain so quality not BBC Wildlife! :-)

Friday, 13 November 2015

Lavernock/St. Mary's Well Bay

Seawatch from lookout shelter: Common Scoter (3, all males), Gannet (1), Kittiwake (6), Common Gull (10+), c4500 Woodpigeons and good passage of Redwings & Fieldfares. [MCP & DRWG]

Wednesday, 11 November 2015


There was a Wood Lark at Lavernock this morning [per Lol Middleton & Andy Burns]. There have been several sightings over the last week or so.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Cosmeston 9th Nov

There was a fem Goldeneye in the W lake bay, and 2 Little Grebe,plus 20 Tufties on W lake but only 2 Pochard. Plenty of Redwing and Fieldfare flying around.
[Later addition] Lol Middleton and Andy Burns had a flock of c.20 Siskin [which I saw fly away] in Alders by the new dipping pond, and amongst them was a Lesser Redpoll [as revealed by Andy's photos afterwards].

Monday, 2 November 2015

Lavernock & Cosmeston

At Lavernock reserve there were many Fieldfare and Redwing going over and in the trees, and I met Graham Smith who had counted something like 1000 Chaffinch going over, together with Brambling. I heard a few Brambling calling and there were a number of Goldcrest about. In Rowlands Well fields there was a flock of 1500-2000 Linnet and the far hedgerow there had many Chaffinch dropping down to feed, and I did manage to see a few Brambling. Lol Middleton had a single Swallow at Lavernock Point, plus Peregrine, Kestrel, Sprawk and both winter thrushes, and a possible Wood Lark. As Lol & I left a Merlin shot through along the cliff line. There were up to 6 Goldcrest around the Church area. Graham Smith also had a pair of Goosander fly over the reserve, and a flock of Golden Plover.

At Cosmeston there were 4 Pochard on W lake and 2 Little Grebe were out in the open. Plenty of Redwing a Fieldfare there too, and I flushed a Jack Snipe as I walked past the ‘snipe paddock’.

Thursday, 22 October 2015


Couldn't find the Short-eared Owl that Lol Middleton saw this morning but looking for it was somewhat hampered by my being a total der brain and concentrating too much on getting my camera stuff ready and going out without my binos and taking my lightweight 'scope, but without it's eyepiece!!!! which I had not re-attached after return from our recent holiday. :-(
Here's a grainy pic of a Kestrel that appeared as the light faded, from an unusual angle.


pretty quiet this morning. Highlights were 2 Swallows heading west, and 2 very active Green 'Peckers, and a Lesser B-b Gull 1st yr with blue darvic left leg with characters in white F.281 which I think is a Flat Holm bird.

Thursday, 1 October 2015


Highlights this morning: 2 Red Kites over the edge of Cogan Wood by the dragonfly pond, then drifted off S. Also 1 Buzzard there, and a fly-over G S Woodpecker. There appeared to have been a small 'fall' of Meadow Pipits with around 40 in total, most of which were in the large field behind the play park, with about 20 Goldfinch. Green 'Pecker vocal there too. 2 Little Grebe on W lake and a few Swallows going over.

The cafe is closed now until Monday, for refurbishment before new management takes over.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015


highlights from a brief walk. Kingfisher W lake, Little Grebe W lake. Also a juv LBBG with an orange Darvic ring on R leg with black characters thus - G+T, and metal ring left leg. Also several vocal Green 'Peckers and a few Chiffchaff.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015


Quiet but quality this morning. Spotted Flycatcher 80 m beyond the dragonfly pond on the left. Male Goshawk over Cogan Wood then lost to view. Then to to top all an imm Hobby seen from the main bridge circling around over the play area then drifted off west. Hobby and Gos I think new site ticks for me.

Monday, 17 August 2015


Some interest this morning. A fem/imm Common Redstart was in the long hedgerow by west paddock and a Kingfisher flew across E lake. Also an interesting gull on E lake found by Lol Middleton which cd be a candidate for Caspian although opinion is that the upper parts are rather dark.  These are my best 2 cropped shots. Lol got a couple of good shots when it was closer - see the South Wales Birding Facebook page, or the Glamorgan Rarities Committee blog.

Friday, 7 August 2015


Lots of people this morning, but away from the crowds, took a few snaps. Didn't even take my binos!.
juv Robin

Common Darter fem

Common Darter male

Friday, 31 July 2015


Both GCG nests seem to have failed due to rising water levels - such a shame. 7 Tufted Ducks present this morning. Also quite a lot of 6-Spot Burnets around:

Saturday, 18 July 2015


A Clouded Yellow was at the far end of the east paddock this morning, plus Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper. Black-tailed Skimmer on the boardwalk. Bird-wise the GCG is still sitting on the nest in the Water Bistort in W lake 'bay' and there's a seemingly completely free-floating nest with a GCG sitting, currently near the main bridge. Mute Swan with 6 half-grown cygnets, 2 ad Herons incl a very confiding one by the cafe. Also 4 Tufted Ducks present and 16 Black-Headed Gulls on the posts. Oh I forgot, an old friend, Lesser BB Gull with blue Darvic ring 3UF in white characters. Here's three phone pix:

Thick-legged Flower Beetle

Cinnabar Moth caterpillars

Monday, 6 July 2015


A slightly autumnal moment this morning when I came across a mixed feeding flock of c.30 birds in the trees by the golf course, consisting of Long-t Tit, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Blue Tit and Great Tit, which included juvs of all but the Gt Tits. LTTs were the most numerous and all seemed to be juvs. 1 ad Heron W lake. The other day there were 3 Tufted Ducks on E lake. Cetti's sang today by the boardwalk and there were 2-3 Reed Warblers singing there too. There was also an Ad LBB full with blue Darvic ring on left leg, white symbols 3UF - been around for a while that one.

Sunday, 28 June 2015


Nothing very exciting but one pair of Gt Crested Grebes have finally decided to nest, same place as last year – a floating nest in the Water Bistort. Other than that, a Green ‘Pecker in W paddock and a Cetti’s singing at the end of the main boardwalk.

Monday, 22 June 2015


There's been an adult Little Egret in the trees by W lake for a couple of days, and 2 imm Grey Herons present. The Pyramidal Orchids are particularly nice this year.

Monday, 15 June 2015


The Greater Butterfly Orchids are still surviving although this was the better of only 2 flower spikes I cd find. Also a nice patch of Pyramidal Orchids of which these were 3. Both cropped phone pix.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015


Not much bird activity although 6 Cormorant on W lake was a good count. Here's some interesting pix. Click on each for a bigger size.
Bee Orchid
Pyramidal Orchid

Yellow Flag

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Lavernock Pt

1 adult and 1 2nd yr Gannet d/c this afternoon [3:30 - 4:00]. Found this Common Twayblade in flower.

Friday, 1 May 2015


No passerine activity this morning - too windy. Around 30 Swallow and 10 Sand Martin over E lake. 2 Herons W lake. Nesting Mistle Thrush seeing off Magpie. Also ringed LBBG whtie Darvic with red 9ZF and the interesting 2nd yr bird below with completely un-streaked head & neck.
[cropped digi-phone-binned photo].

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Lavernock WT Reserve

A Lesser Whitethroat was singing by the first field this morning, and there are plenty of Blackcaps. This Early Purple Orchid was in the wood.
There are plenty of Cowslips - this is a little clump with some Primroses:

Thursday, 23 April 2015


Pair of Wheatear on the plateau above the dragonfly pond this morning, a Little Egret, 2 Grey Herons and a drake Shoveler on W lake, 2 Shelduck briefly on E lake, a Sedge Warbler by the cafe boardwalk and 2 Cetti's singing, 1 at each end f the board walk.

Saturday, 18 April 2015


Pretty quiet this morning but a Mistle Thrush was collecting food in W paddock and several Blackcap were singing, and there was a fem Mallard with 9 ducklings on W lake.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Lavernock Pt

There were 2 Wheatear in the second coastal field this morning and a Chiffchaff by the coast path, and I saw my first Comma.

Saturday, 11 April 2015


This is the Egyptian Goose that was present on 8th April and a Willow Warbler was singing near the golf course that day and a Swallow flew over. A Wheatear was present on 10th Apr in W paddock.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015


The hybrid Tufted Duck x Pochard [probably] was present today with 4 Tufted Ducks. It's been around for a while - looks superficially like a Scaup but has a coppery tinge to the head rather than the bottle green tinge of a Greater Scaup. The drake Lesser Scaup has been around but was back in Cardiff Bay today apparently. A Mistle Thrush is on territory and singing most days, by the east paddock [behind the play area].

Friday, 27 March 2015


Pretty quiet but Mistle and Song Thrush ad Chiffchaff were in song. A Sprawk flew over E lake and 2 Jays were active. Lol Middleton saw the hybrid Tufted x poss Pochard [looks like the Lesser Scaup but has a coppery tinge to the head and an extensive black tip to the bill. Some good shits next to the Lesser Scaup by Paul Denning on the South Wales Birding Facebook gout.
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Thursday, 12 March 2015


The drake Lesser Scaup was on W lake Cosmeston this morning with a small group of Tufties. Pretty confident it was the bird and not the hybrid Lol & I saw a couple of weeks ago. This had a tiny black bill 'nail' and very flat nape, and a plummy tone to the head rather than the coppery tone and extensive black nail of the hybrid. Also 4 prs of GC Grebes 2 pairs on each lake. A Mistle Thrush was singing by the central path near W paddock.

Monday, 9 March 2015


Short walk late a.m. Drake Wigeon on W lake tog with 4 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 30 Tufted Duck, 3 Cormorant. Pr GCG displaying on E lake. 30 each of Redwing and Fieldfare flew out of trees on N side to E lake, and 2 Green Peckers by the playground.

Monday, 2 March 2015


Interesting Aythya hybrid on W lake Cosmeston this morning. Looked superficially like Lesser Scaup, but had bronzy tinge to head and was slightly bulkier than Tufted. When Lawrence arrived with his scope, the black bill nail could be seen the too extensive. Nape was flat-ish but not flat enough IMO although it did have the small bump at the join of nape & crown. Back was nicely vermiculated grey. You have to wonder whether the regular Lesser Scaup is cross-breeding.

Also present of interest, 1 drake Wigeon and 3 Gadwall

Wednesday, 18 February 2015


The only things of interest in a shortish walk this morning were two very smart Greylags on E lake. Also there was the unusual sight of the drake Pintail wandering around on the footpath near the bird table by E lake. W lake had the usual Tufties and Pochard and some Teal hiding in the reed edges, and there were 2 Little Grebe and a total of 5 GC Grebe.

Saturday, 7 February 2015


Mute Swan 20; Canada Goose 12; Teal 10+; Gadwall 4; Pochard 26: Tufted 176; Cormorant 2: GCG 2; Buzzard 3 incl some apparent display over Cogan Wood; Water Rail 1 heard; Coot 50+; Bh Gull 231; LBB Gull 70; Herring Gull 30; Mipit 3 in W paddock; Bullfinch 4 grp of 2 pairs feeding together.

Friday, 6 February 2015


There was a drake Pintail on W lake near the bridge this morning, and a Little Egret was in Sully Brook by the dovecote field [per Lol Middleton]. Up to 25 Teal present at the moment too [again per Lol]. The Little Egret was only the fifth record for the site. I had 1 in Nov last year, then prior to that 1 in Aug 2004, then 1 in Oct 2003 [Jake Gilmore] and 1 inMay 1995 [myself & Lol Middleton].

Wednesday, 28 January 2015


In the west paddocks a mixed flock of Redwing and Fieldfare totalling around 100, Redwing outnumbering the FF, plus about 6 Mistle Thrush with them. A single Snipe visible in the Snipe 'paddock' behind the dragonfly pond. No sign of Marsh Tit by the dragon tree in Cogan Wood, but Nuthatch there. On W lake 3 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall and in total on both lakes around 150-200 Tufted, ~30 Pochard, and 4 G C Grebe. Ad Yellow-legged Gull and the usual v pale imm Herring Gull middle of E lake.

Monday, 26 January 2015


There were 2 ad Med Gulls present this morning and also the regular ad Yellow-legged Gull [per Andy Burns].
Yesterday I had around 50 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare and 2 Mistle Thrush on a quick walk round with the dog.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Glaucous Gull at Cosmeston

This imm Glaucous Gull was a surprise find at Cosmeston this morning, just before I was about to leave. Must have got blown in by the storm - it was very very tired.

Saturday, 10 January 2015


Just a few common bird pix from this morning. Was hoping the Water Rail would show but it didn't.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Cosmeston, a.m.

70+ Tufties and 27 Pochard W lake. Also 8 Gadwall and 4 Teal. No sign of Pintail. 1 Green'Pecker. 6 Bullfinch [4m 2f] 3 nr dragonfly pond and 3 in conservation scrub area, 40+ Redwing and 10+ Fieldfare [again nr dragonfly pond], 2 Common Gulls W lake, 4 Cormorant, 1 GC Grebe and 1 Little Grebe, 1 very showy Water Rail by the cafe end of the boardwalk [prob the one that Andy Burns got some shots of t'other day].