Portland Bird Observatory

We’re back from the GBC annual weekend visit to the Portland Bird Observatory in Dorset. Clear skies meant that many migrants went straight through, although we did see some special birds, including Corn Bunting, Lesser Yellowlegs, Brambling and Short-eared Owl. The trip list was 99 species. Full list below:

Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Brent Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Common Scoter, Grey Partridge, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Spoonbill, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Gannet, Shag, Cormorant, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine, Water Rail, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Knot, Dunlin, Ruff, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Lesser Yellowlegs, Redshank, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Sandwich Tern, Feral Pigeon, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Little Owl, Short-eared Owl, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Raven, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Skylark, Swallow, Cetti’s Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Common Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Goldcrest, Wren, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Starling, Blackbird , Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Redwing, Robin, Stonechat, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Chaffinch, Brambling, Goldfinch, Linnet, Bullfinch, Corn Bunting.

Ogmore field outing

Fab day out with the Glamorgan Bird Club to the Ogmore Estuary yesterday. The full trip list was:

Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Eurasian Wigeon, Mallard, Little Grebe, Little Egret, Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Eurasian Curlew, Greenshank, Common Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Raven, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Skylark, Long-tailed Tit, Common Chiffchaff,  Goldcrest, Wren, Nuthatch, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, European Stonechat, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Linnet, Bullfinch

Llandegfedd list

Here’s the full list of species seen on the GBC trip yesterday.

Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Barnacle Goose, Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Goosander, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon, Coot, Ringed Plover, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Jay, Carrion Crow, Raven, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Swallow, Long-tailed Tit, Willow Warbler, Wren, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Blackbird, Robin, Northern Wheatear, Pied Wagtail

St David’s Vale

This morning, Ceri Jones and I did a recce of this site, north of Abergavenny, in advance of the club trip there on 23rd May. Some good sightings including Whinchat, Cuckoo, Redstart, Wood Warbler, Tree Pipit and Curlew. We had expected Pied Flycatcher and Red Grouse but sadly there was no sign of either. It was probably a bit early for Spotted Flycatcher but the site looks promising.


Excellent morning’s birding around Garwnant Forestry Centre. The highlight was an Osprey flying north. A Willow Tit showed well in the car park area as did 5 Crossbills. On the trails were Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, Dipper, Sparrowhawk, Goshawk, Grey Heron, Peregrine, drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker plus several very showy Mistle and Song Thrushes.

Porthcawl, Kenfig & Pant Norton

Sea watching from 7:30 til 9:00 produced 9 Common Scoter and 2 Kittiwakes d/c. 2 Mediterrranean Gulls and a Shag were also present. Also surprisingly there was a Merlin battling the winds off-shore. A Harbour Porpoise was close in.

At Kenfig the Great Northern Diver showed well but spent long periods under the water.

A search in vain for the Ring Ouzel at Pant Norton did produce 2 Yellowhammers however.

Peterston Moors

Excellent morning’s birding. 44 species recorded inc. Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Common Snipe and Grey Wagtail. Still a steady stream of Swallows overhead with lesser numbers of Sand and House Martins. Quite a few thrushes about but no sign of any “winter” thrushes yet.

GBC trip to Goldcliff/Uskmouth

A bit belated I’m afraid. Here’s the trip list from the GBC trip last Wednesday courtesy of Gareth Jenkins:

Total list 62 species; Little Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Buzzard, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Knot, Dunlin, Black tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper (seen by 1 ! ), Turnstone, Mediterranean Gull (1 seen), Black headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Swift (1 seen)Great spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker (heard), Skylark, Sand Martin,Swallow, House Martin, Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Stonechat, Blackbird, Cettis Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting.

One other notable sighting was a Water Vole swimming across the reen at Goldcliff.