Barn Owl flew across the road and Tawny Owl heard in direction of Llanmaes. A total of 18 Redwing calls heard.
Pair of Stonechats, single Kestrel, single juvenile Wheatear and, back at Boverton, Chiffchaff singing away still.
Tawny Owl calling in the night and good to hear a Chiffchaff singing this morning – latest I’ve ever heard one.
Weds 2000-2045. Barn Owl flew across the road again also 2 Tawny Owls heard, 1 Eglwys Brewis direction the other Llanmaes direction.
Sunday afternoon female Wheatear flitting on and off the fenceposts around the sheep and 2 Kestrels over in quick succession.
Monday 1930 hours Barn Owl criss crossed the road a couple of times – hope it didn’t get as wet as we did!
Can’t follow that! But nice to hear brief Chiffchaff song the last two days.
Peregrine flying west over the car park 1600 hrs, also our only Painted Lady of the year (so far) about quarter of a mile west of the beach.
2 Kestrels together Weds 1500 hrs.
Amazed to see a lone Swift flying over the estate this morning (0830)
6 Wheatear, 50-60 House Martin briefly, 20 or so Linnets, 4 Meadow Pipits, 1 Kestrel, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Chough(no rings). This was feeding directly on the footpath just west of the small Hanging Valley about half a mile from Llantwit beach and my wife was about 10 yards from it taking a few photos when it called a few times probably in alarm as it appeared to be completely alone.We have tried to send photos but are not clear how to do this?
3 Swifts Sunday evening; 1 Swift Monday evening
One Swift seen and heard amongst small flock of House Martins Saturday pm
Enjoying a cuppa on the patio – looked up and there were 3 Peregrines circling quietly above – we watched them for the best part of 10 minutes before they drifted off East. Also 1 burst of Green Woodpecker call early morning.(7ish)
Evening Cycle Llanmaes Area
1 singing Greenfinch, 4 singing Yellowhammers, 1 Song Thrush, pair of Wrens heading in same direction carrying food, 2 Whitethroat, Chiffchaffs still singing away, a brief burst of Blackcap song (although our resident Blackcaps stopped singing last week) and some Linnets, Goldfinches, Chaffinches and Swallows.
3 singing Yellowhammers within a mile of Llanmaes this afternoon. At 2120 at least 10 Swifts flying silently over our Boverton house evidently catching lots of insects – up to tonight it has usually only been 2 or 3.
Good to see Blue Tit fledglings being fed noisily near our house (having mysteriously lost a nest boxful of 9 freshly-hatched chicks a few weeks ago) Also 50 or so Swifts along with some House Martins and Swallows not far from the Aston Martin factory and yesterday morning 7 Swifts circling low over Llantwit Town Hall.
2 Fulmars circling around the cliffs. 1 Kestrel hovering just inland from them, and a few Linnets,Stonechats and Whitethroats about and Bullfinch heard near the cafe at Llantwit.Good to see lots of Tadpoles entertaining the children and adults by the cafe also. ( also 1 Grey Seal spending the afternoon about half a mile off Atlantic College and 2 Brimstones seen along the path)
Greenfinch seen and heard calling from tree by the bridge over the stream with tuneful backing from an unseen Willow Warbler. Then very close to the above junction 3 Swifts flew low and silently over the field for a minute or two.
Pair of Bullfinches in shrub above cafe 1245 Weds also my first Swift of the year doing a solo flight above said cafe (which is open) at 1300 hrs.
Only a pair of Robins collecting mainly centipedes together as I turned my allotment yesterday and today. The new thing for me was that they were communicating with tiny squeaks: in all my (many) years of gardening and birdwatching I have never come across(or noticed) this before.