Vis mig -Rudry

160 Redwing most heading N (one flock c120) 8.30am, 9 fieldfare (W) but most impressive a big influx of Lesser redpoll, largest flock over of 65 but a total of 135 min. most continued over roughly SW but a flock of 30 stopped to feed. Almost all Redpoll over in a brief 5 min around 10am. Nice to see as i usually only see a handful here most Autumn/winters.Smaller numbers of Chaffinch and Greenfinch around too.


2 tired looking Redwing flew over the car park on the Common yesterday afternoon the first for me this Autumn, definite influx of Goldcrest too. Little else of note other than  the  dumped sofas,neat  piles of fly tipped builders rubble and off road motorbikes trespassing on the Common!!


A hobby shot through yesterday-looked like it was pursuing swallows, came from Caerphilly direction and then headed off towards Rumney river at Bedwas. The second Hobby i have seen in the area this year, one on 29.7.16 coming up the R. Rumney towards Caerphilly.

Rudry common

Some signs of migrant movement over past couple of days -yesterday 4 Redstart, 20+Blackcap, a dozen each of Willow warbler and Chiffy and a few Whitethroat- all concentrated around the car park bushes-This evening a Sprawk took a blackbird and this Whinchat was a nice surprise as don’t get them on the Common very often these days(former breeder).Whinchat

Kenfig and Ruperra

Purple heron was still showing well but distantly from South hide at around 4.30pm,

Nightjars have relocated a little in Ruperra from previous haunt around the motte to clearfell which can be found south of the motte off the main mettled path ,perhaps best reached by following the footpath up to the woods which rises from behind the Hollybush Inn in Draethen.