Upcoming trip – Blorenge 7th Aug

Apologies for lateness – only just back from holiday

So, on the coming Sunday, 7th Aug we have a trip to The Blorenge, just NE of Blaenavon. The main target will be Red Grouse, with possibilities of other upland species. This is moorland with rough paths and if we need to walk any distance to find the birds, some inclines will likely be involved [note the contour lines on the map below]. The meet point will be the Foxhunter car park [by two transmission pylons], which is on the minor road that runs ENE off the B4246, about a mile N of Blaenavon. It’s indicated on the jpeg map below. It’s about an hour run from Cardiff so I suggest meeting there at 09:30. The route can be either via M4/Newport/Pontypool or via A470/Merthyr/A465 heads of the valleys but I’m not sure what the A465 works are like at the eastern end [Clydach area]. For car sharing I suggest meeting at St Margarets Rd to leave there at 8.

So please [a] email me if you plan to attend – please include your mobile number in your message; and [b] indicate whether you will go straight there or wish to, or are willing to, car share.

John Wilson [johndw1948 at gmail dot com]

July 2022

Highlights: A Glossy Ibis was seen in flight at Llanilid (21st). Sightings at Cardiff Bay included a Whooper Swan of unknown origin, a Wood Warbler (28th, at the Wetlands Reserve), four Black-tailed Godwits and several Yellow-legged Gulls. Great White Egrets were at Barry Old Harbour and Kenfig, where a juvenile Little Ringed Plover was also seen. An Osprey flew west over Barry (31st). Hobbies were noted at Heol-y-Cyw and Ogmore Castle. Greenshanks were at Newton and Ogmore Estuary, where a Green Sandpiper also occurred. Several Yellow-legged Gulls (including a juvenile begging from an adult, on the 8th) were logged at Cosmeston. A few Yellow Wagtails were observed in the Lock’s Common/Rest Bay vicinity. A Pied Flycatcher turned up at Lisvane Reservoir (27th). A maximum of 12 Choughs frequented the Heritage Coast. Hawfinches were seen at both Tongwynlais and Rudry.
Summary by Paul Roberts

Rhymney Est./Cardiff Heliport bay

WeBS count this a.m. delayed from yesterday. Just 450 Redshank off Green Pt and 2 Whimbrel, and a pair of Shelduck with 3 small ducklings was nice to see, so they bred nearby. An imm Kestrel was sitting on one of the pylons. As I walked back to the Tesco car park, there were a good number of butterflies by the overgrown banking including a Painted Lady. At the Heliport bay just 2 Oycs. At both locations there were c.1000 Black-headed Gulls. The Welsh Coast path leading round to Lamby Way just past the boatyard entrance was completely overgrown and impassable.

Cosmeston 17th July

Apologies, this was posted in error by me {John Wilson} logged in as GBC – it shd have been posted on my own Blog! Decided to leave as general interest! 🙂
Fairly brief walk around Cosmeston this morning as other things to do, and it was too hot! Not much of birdy interest apart from 10 Tufted Ducks on E lake [a sign of autumn] allthough as we left two trailers of small sailing dingies arrived so hopefully the Tufties moved onto W lake. Also 3 young Gt Crested Grebes are doing well – too distant to photograph. A Heron in the small tree opposite the main bridge posed nicely. Other than that, photos are of Large Skipper female. Pyramidal Orchid [still a large number in flower], a Dwarf Thistle, and the first Ringlet I’ve seen there this summer.

Help needed for under-recorded species!

Hello all. From recent feedback highlighting the fact that some species are under-recorded, especially in respect of breeding information, a Committee sub-group was set up to look into it. They have come up with a list of species which need to be concentrated upon when you’re out and about. There’s a new page here on the web site which explains all – please have a read and see if you can help. Click here for the new page. This is also now in the menu under ‘Records’ on the main menu bar.


Pretty quiet this morning, but a small feeding group near the Medieval Village entrance comprised mainly of Blue Tits and a Great Tit, also had a male Blackcap and a couple of Chiffchaffs. Around the snipe paddock perimeter, there was a single Stonechat and another male Blackcap. A few Swallows were overhead. Green Woodpecker calling loudly by the east paddock.

Penllergare Valley Wood

Saturday, 14 April 2018

On a perfect spring morning 5 members set off from the car park along the Carriage Drive. We soon encountered the expected woodland species which included a coal tit nesting in a hole on the valley slope. Below us was the Upper Lake where a dipper was seen on the waterfall stonework.  Continuing along  Carriage Drive we descended to the Lower Lake where we added coot, moorhen, mallard and 3 little grebes trilling loudly.  Whilst here buzzards were heard ‘mewing’ overhead and in the space of 2 to 3 minutes 4 buzzards, a red kite and the bird of the morning, a large female goshawk flew over the valley.

As the path following the LLan back up stream was wet and muddy, we by-passed this lower section and picked up the riverside path at the Sapper Bridge to walk back to the Upper Lake.  Dead riverside alders showed evidence of woodpeckers and we were fortunate enough to find a tree creeper here.  At the Upper Lake we added grey wagtail –  giving a species list of 33.

Upcoming event – Portland Obs

There are 6 spaces on this trip, all in 3 or 4 bunk rooms. Please let me, John Wilson, know if you want to come. At the moment I’m thinking about leaving Cardiff at around 7:30 – I need to get out of Penarth sharpish before the morning queue. So if anyone wants a lift then meet up at St Margaret’s Rd at 7:30 but please let me know. If no-one’s doing that I’ll leave straight from Penarth. If you’ve not been before full details are HERE. It’s £22 per night for non-PBO members.

Cosmeston a.m.

Been away for a week! 2 drake Pochard on W lake this morning were new arrivals for me. A Raven flew over W paddock, and 1 poss 2 Redstart were seen by the W paddock hedge [Graham Smith] although I couldn’t find them myself during a brief look. Jeff Curtis had a Spot Fly by the lower dovecote field. 2 poss 3 Stonechat were near the snipe paddock [50m beyond the dragonfly pond].


Back after a week in N Norfolk. There were 37 Pochard on W lake [of which only 4-5 were female], plus 2 Gadwall, and the usual Tufties were distributed between both lakes. A sum plum pair of Gt Crested Grebes displayed briefly on W lake. There were 2 Common Gulls on the posts, 50 Redwing flew out of W paddock and a Buzzard was over Cogan Wood.

Indoor meeting Tues 10th

As I’m leaving for Norfolk for a week, I thought I’d post this as a sticky before I go, in case I don’t get a chance during the week. I apologise that it may have to remain as a sticky until I get back [unless I can do the necessary whilst away]. I will re-sticky the records post after the 10th. PS we have full strength WiFi at the hotel so no probs!

So, a reminder that there’s an indoor meeting on Tuesday 10th at 7:45 p.m. KNNR reserve centre. Club member Paul Seligman is giving a slide/video presentation about his trip to the South Atlantic last year so there will be lots of interesting wildlife on show. In addition Paul is offering a prize of a framed print of your choice from the show – details on the night. Do some along as it should be good. Just sorry I can’t be there. John Wilson


At 4:10 p.m. there was a murmuration of 3000+ starling seen from the mian bridge – performed pretty well and eventually dropped into W lake reeds. 2 Bittern were seen by Jeff Curtis [birds seen to fly briefly in 2 widely separate areas of W lake reeds]. Also 1 Kingfisher briefly at dusk. John Wilson [I posted this from the wrong login].