Sully high tide

28 Turnstone on the beach, 5 Oystercatcher and 5 Rock Pipit on grassy area between primary school and beach;

18 Curlew on the playing fields along with 3 Oystercatcher and 100+ Starling;

2 Grey Plover, 23 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 95 Oystercatcher and 4 Shelduck on Sully Island

Sully and Dinas Powys

A Green Sandpiper was at a shallow pool on Cog Moors between Sully and Dinas Powys today. Other species seen or heard on the moor included Mute Swan, Grey Heron and Cetti’s Warbler. In fields alongside the Cadoxton River there were Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle Thrush and an overwintering male Blackcap. Along Green Lane there were three Jays, a Goldcrest and a small flock of Goldfinch. An egret spotted from Pop Hill was always distant and landed out of sight on Sully Moor.

Cardiff Bay and Sully Island

On Sunday there were at least 600 Tufted Duck in total at Cosmeston (330+) and Cardiff Bay (270+). Other ducks in the Bay included:

  • Ring-necked Duck resting on a trapped log just south of the flyover
  • Female Goldeneye in the middle of the bay in very calm conditions
  • Teal (Wetland reserve), Goosander (4 near Watermark building, 1 drake downstream from Pont-y-Werin footbridge on the Ely) as well as a few Pochard scattered about.

On the walk home it was approaching high tide as I passed Sully Island where there were 20 Curlew, 39 Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Plover, 14 Turnstone, 4 Shelduck, 92 Oystercatcher and a Grey Heron

Barry and Cosmeston

37 species on yesterday’s walk to The Knap, Barry included:

  • Mute Swan on the flat calm sea off Knap beach
  • Adult Great Black-backed Gull on the shoreline below Knap Terrace
  • 41 Tufted Duck on Knap lake (my second-highest count here in the last ten years)
  • Adult Mediterranean Gull at Barry Docks
  • 17 Redshank and a Raven at Barry Old Harbour
  • Cetti’s Warbler singing at Cadoxton Ponds and a singing Goldcrest on Sully Moors Rd.

Highlights of a walk to Cosmeston on Thursday afternoon mostly in misty conditions were 22 Curlew on Sully playing fields (just as well they were there as Sully Island was invisible in the gloom), at least 29 Teal on Cosmeston’s partly frozen West lake and 31 Pochard, all but one on the East lake.

Sully and Barry

Local coastal sites this morning over high tide:

Cadoxton Rivermouth – Wheatear, Whimbrel, Ringed Plover, 2 Turnstone, 7 Oystercatcher, Rock Pipit

Barry Old Harbour – Wheatear, 2 adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 Whimbrel

Sully Island – 24 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 58 Oystercatcher, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Turnstone, Grey Heron

Llwyn On reservoir and Coed Taf Fawr

A dipper flew north up the west bank of Llwyn On reservoir to the Taf Fawr inflow yesterday morning. Grey Heron, 2 Snipe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, and a few Mallard, Canada Geese and Lesser Black-backed Gulls were also at the reservoir’s north end. In Coed Taf Fawr a pair of Grey Wagtail was on the Garwnant Fawr, and on a GBC Willow Tit survey square a Willow Tit sang close to the main forestry track. There were Siskin, Nuthatch, Chaffinch, Mistle Thrush and a Great Spotted Woodpecker at the Garwnant Visitor Centre car park.

Taffs Well circular

Circular walk on Thursday 7 March starting and finishing at Taffs Well railway station:

Gwaelod-y-garth and Garth Hill – Dipper, Siskin, Jay, Goldcrest, Green Woodpecker, drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, singing Mistle and Song Thrush, Skylarks, Meadow Pipit and Buzzard

Craig-yr-Allt/Twyn Garwa – Bullfinch, Raven, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers

Mynydd Meio/Nantgarw – Ravens, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Red Kite and Sparrowhawk

Eastern Vale

Cosmeston early morning: 7 Pochard and 5 Gadwall on the West Lake, 3 Chiffchaff (1 singing), a few Fieldfare and Redwing in trees on west side of play area, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers calling, several Coot nest building, 4 Little Grebe and 8 Great Crested Grebe (some displaying), Cetti’s Warbler in the East Lake reedbed and a Water Rail calling from the West Lake reedbed.

Sully Island – 2 Great Black-backed Gull on the mud and stones below the Captain’s Wife car park as the tide dropped; overhead a Raven mobbed by Jackdaws.

Barry Docks – a Skylark singing over what’s left of the rough ground at the eastern end of the Waterfront.

Flemingston/Llanbydderi Moor – 13 Lapwing, Stock Dove, Greylag Goose and Common Gull.

Pontypridd Circular

Walk around Pontypridd area today starting and finishing at Treforest railway station:

River Taff at Treforest – Dipper, Grey Wagtail, 2 Cormorant including one fishing
Glyntaff cemetery and fields/lanes up to Eglwysilan Road – Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Raven, Bullfinch
Cefn Eglwysilan – 2 Stonechat, Meadow Pipits, Reed Bunting, and on the top near the trig point lots of singing Skylark
Woods adjacent Pontypridd Golf Club – Treecreeper, nest-building Nuthatch, Buzzard
River Taff at Pontypridd (Berw Road) – Goosander pair, Grey Wagtail, Moorhen
Craig-yr-hesg Nature Reserve – Jay, Siskin, Redpoll, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Fieldfare
Barry Sidings CP/Mynydd Gelliwion/Maesycoed – Grey Wagtail on River Rhondda, in forestry Siskin, Redpoll, Crossbill, at least 5 singing Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 2 Bullfinch

Barry and Sully

This morning (high tide 1024):

Bendrick Rock – 23 Dunlin, 17 Ringed Plover (both high counts for this site), 9 Turnstone and 8 Oystercatcher

Sully Island – 42 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, 2 Shelduck

Sully/Swanbridge playing fields – 5+ Curlew (19 here on 23/2),
3 Oystercatcher, 1 Mediterranean Gull (2 here on 23/2)

Sully Beach – 6 Oystercatcher, 23 Turnstone

Barry Dock – 1 Mediterranean Gull

Barry Old Harbour – 6+ Redshank, 3 Shelduck, 1 Curlew

Vale of Glamorgan

A full day’s birding today around a few sites in the eastern Vale produced 74 species, including:
Gileston/Aberthaw: 9 Golden Plover, 10 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, 20 Ringed Plover, 13 Curlew, 2 Snipe;
Flemingston Moor: 300+ Lapwing, 4 Stock Dove;
Barry Docks: Mediterranean Gull
Cosmeston: Marsh Tit, Water Rail, Cetti’s Warbler, Siskin

Cosmeston and Barry Dock

Two redhead Goosander were on the East Lake at Cosmeston at noon today. The female Goldeneye was still on the West Lake along with at least 7 Gadwall and 25 Pochard. An over-wintering Chiffchaff was in Cogan Wood.

Later in the day an adult Mediterranean Gull was with 45 Black-headed Gull on railings at Barry Waterfront.


Yesterday afternoon at the lagoon a Snipe sat out in the open on one of the islands, 8 Little Grebe, a Kingfisher, 2 Water Rail calling and 2 Mute Swan. On the saltmarsh a Redshank, 11 Rock Pipit and 3 Mute Swan.

At the rivermouth 14 Brent Geese (2 dark-bellied, 12 pale-bellied) and 135 Wigeon on the sea (flew in from up-channel).

Barry and Sully

This afternoon at local sites (high tide 1535):
Barry Old Harbour (about 1.5 hours before high tide) – 13 Redshank, 5 Dunlin and 7 Oystercatcher
Sully Island/Beach/Bendrick – 8 Lapwing (on Sully Island), 22 Ringed Plover, 27 Turnstone, 8 Curlew, 46 Oystercatcher

Cosmeston, St Mary’s Well Bay Road and Sully beach

Ring Ouzel still in the West Paddock at Cosmeston earlier this morning, in the shallow valley between the dragonfly pond and the fenced area (snipe field) to the north. On the lakes 5 Shoveler, 2 drake Pochard and the Aythya hybrid.

Yesterday afternoon a male Brambling with Chaffinch flock in tree along St Mary’s Well Bay Road between the disused railway bridge and the caravan site. The flock was mobile over the fields and hedgerows east of the road. Fieldfare and Redwing there too.

On Sully beach yesterday afternoon a single Grey Plover close to the water’s edge between the sailing club slipway and Burnham Avenue beach car park. My first there this autumn.