Saw my first Common gull of this autumn this morning, a 2ndW on E lake by the feeding area. The latter had me going for a little while as it had a very pale grey mantle [Ring-billed Gull!] but sadly it’s not. In a short fight it had a broad black terminal tail band. Also pair of Stonechat in teh snipe paddock and a Common Sipe flew out of the W lake reeds and headed off high over E lake.
Imm Ring-necked Duck still on E lake Cosmeston. Not easy to pick out if asleep and in with 90 Tufties! Was active for a while but too distant for pix. Also drake Goldeneye still, 2 Pochard and an influx of c.200 Canadas!!
News for Cardiffians just rec’d. 3 Bearded Tits were seen at CBWR this morning. Last seen diving into reeds at hotel end.
Bit delayed posting this. Had a walk up the farm track opposite Cosmeston, up to the cooastal fields [which sadly may eventually be covered in tarmac and houses]. First bird was a Sparrowhawk chasing a Magpie, then as I crossed the big field, first one, then two then three Peregrines appeared and patrolled up and down parallel to the coast for about half an hour. A large mixed flock of Goldfinch and Linnet constantly flew up, and a distant Kestrel flew by. Having done a circuit of the field, as I walked back a group of 10 Skylark flew over, then a few Meadow Pipits and also a single Siskin, whose flight call I heard, and a few Chaffinches. Standing at the top corner of the big field I then noticed another raptor coming from inland – a Goshawk! It drifted slowly above the big field with the typical leisurely fairly deep wingbeats [unlike the rapid flick flick of a Sparrowhawk], and walost from view over Lavernock Point. All in all a good session. Below, 2 shots of one of the Perrys, and three of the Gos, one showing how high it was.
Cosmeston late a.m. Drake Goldeneye on E lake near the reeds – thx to Sharon Mullins the ranger for txt. Along the lower Dovecote meadow by Sully Brook, 8 Redwing. 2 Green Peckers, and 1 Gt Spotted Pecker on fence by dipping pond then the uprights of the gazebo.! A few Swallows over.
No sign of drake goldeneye on either lake (from earlier this a.m.) – prob scared off by swimming dogs in the small bay. Gone to Cardiff Bay?? E lake had 60 Tufties and a pair of Pochard.
Very briefly – The three Wigeon were still on W lake, one of which had a vigorous bathe. I had about 12 fly-over Swallows and for the first time in years, actually heard the harsh call of a fly-over Brambling. Didn’t get a good look at it tho’, but these new fangled hearing aids are ace! Also I saw what I believe was a Hornet Mimic Hoverfly, Volucella zonaria – what a huge beast. Sadly I wasn’t quick enough to grab a photo. It was in the wood behind the dragonfly pond. In the pix below the Green Pecker, Mistle Thrush and LTT were from the 13th.
We now have a firm date for our first Zoom talk. This will be on Tues 20th October with the Zoom meeting opening to join at 7:15 p.m., and hopefully beginning at 7:30 p.m. So, I hope all interested parties have now installed Zoom. To assist, I have put together a ‘dummies guide’ on its use for meetings of this type, which is available here:
so do have a look at that so you can see what to expect. The talk will be by Mike Shewring who is an ecologist, and he will be talking about the Lost Peatlands Project which has been funded by Heritage Lottery funding. There’s more info on the BBC Wales website here:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-49584671 so do have a look at that so you can see what to expect.
IMPORTANT: we are not making the meeting ID and password public so if you wish to partake and are not a recipient of our Club News email, you need to contact myself or another committee member for the details. Hope you can join us. John Wilson
Cosmeston a.m. 3 Wigeon W lake. Two feeding flocks with LTT, Goldcrest, Coal, Blue & Gt Tits but no Yellow-browed Warblers. Also Green Pecker and Mistle Thr W paddock and 6 Skylark flew over.
A few photos from a stroll along the Sully foreshore on 8th Sep. Highlights were a couple of lingering Wheatear, and amazingly around 20 Greenfinch near the dirt parking area. Also the usual Turnstones [c.20] , 4 Rock Pipits, around 20 Swallows low over the playing field, prompting me to try some flight shots [not v successfully!]. 1 Rock Pip was quite pale and had me going [putative Water Pip, but I don’t think it was]. The Heron was at Cosmeston.
2 Wigeon still on W lake Cosmeston. 30+ Swallows over the upper Dovecote field and 2 House Martin with them, and pr of Stonechat by the sapling plantation, plus Linnet, Mipit, & Goldfinch.
Had a walk round this morning with 2 new GBC members from Penarth. Highlights were a Red Kite high up just SW of Cosmeston being mobbed by 2 Crows. So distant I thought Harrier at first due to the long wings, but eventually got the forked tail. It drifted off in the general direction of Dinas Powis. Good views of Green Woodpecker near the dragonfly pond and a couple of Greenfinch and Song Thrush and a few Goldfinch there. A Stonechat was by the dipping pond and a Buzzard was sitting in a dead tree there too. A few Swallows and House Martins passed overhead.
Highlights: A Turtle Dove turned up at Lavernock (21st ). A Honey Buzzard over Pant y Cwteri, Ogmore was a good site record (10th ). A juvenile Caspian Gull was identified at Cosmeston (3rd ). Six Whooper Swans flew east over Aberdare (28th ). A very early Yellow-browed Warbler was heard at Mynwent Penyrheol, Caephilly (21st ). Four Cattle Egrets (29th ) and three Great White Egrets were noted at Kenfig, with another of the latter species found at Bute Town Pond, Rhymney (1st ). Two Red-throated Divers – an adult and its attendant juvenile – were close inshore at Newton Point (22nd). Several Marsh Harriers were seen at Kenfig, while at least two were still frequenting crop fields at Durval Farm and Dunraven, with yet another passing Lavernock. Ospreys were moving past Cardiff Heliport and Penywaun. Merlins were observed at Kenfig, Dunraven and Laleston (Bridgend), with Hobbies from Pant Norton, Ty’n-y-Caeau Farm, Kenfig and
Cosmeston. A Spotted Redshank was heard flying south over Cosmeston and
then Lavernock. Single Ruffs were recorded at Lavernock, Kenfig, Ogmore Estuary and Newton, where a Curlew Sandpiper and three Bar-tailed Godwits were also present. A Green Sandpiper was at Ogmore Estuary. A Little Gull was briefly at Newton. Short-eared Owls were at Nash Point and Lavernock. Yellow Wagtails were fairly poorly represented, excepting a gathering of 50 at Rumney Great Wharf. Both Pied Flycatcher and Grasshopper Warbler were observed at Kenfig. Firecrests occurred at Dunraven and Maesteg Cemetery.
Summary by Paul Roberts
Paid my first visit here for quite a while having seen a Tweet that Graham Smith had found a Yellow-browed Warbler. Got on to it eventually as it was calling a lot. Very difficult to get a clear view of such an active bird in fairly dense canopy cover. Eventually showed pretty well, even allowing me to get a couple of shots off. There were several Chiffchaffs present too, allowing for comparison of the differing calls. YBW much higher pitched and ‘cleaner’ than Chiffie. Similar in some ways to Coal Tit, a fair flock of which moved through. A Kestrel with a damaged, loose primary was hovering over the coastal field, and eventually perched, and a Sparrowhawk had an aerial set-to with a Magpie. Big flock of Linnet present also. Location of the YBW was at ST 186689 where the farm track from opposite Cosmeston meets the coastal path.
On 1st there was a pair of Stonechat by the snipe paddock, plus a Wren, 20 Goldfinch and a Green Woodpecker flew over W lake. In heavy rain on 2nd there were c.30 Swallows feeding low over the lakes, with about 6 House Martins with them. Today, 3rd, there was a flock of 100+ Goldfinch beyond the snipe paddock, a few Swallows over the lakes, and I heard 2 Cetti’s Warblers, 1 by Sully Brook near the Medieval Village and the other near the dipping pond. Below, some somewhat abstract pix of the Goldfinches today.
Hi everyone. Humble apologies but due to the short time left until Tuesday we have decided to postpone Mike Shewring’s talk [with his agreement], to enable folk to have time to get set up with Zoom and have a look at it to see how it works. The last thing we would want would be our first effort ending in chaos. If you are interested in participating in online presentations we suggest you download the app now so you can see how it works. The download site is https://zoom.us/, and you choose the free option. We will issue invites to these talks via email rather than publicly, so if you want to participate, please get in touch, unless you are already on our email news group, when we will contact you via that. In the interim we will try and draw up a ‘dummies guide to Zoom’ which we can make available. John Wilson
With all of South Wales now in lockdown, all trips including walks are now suspended, sadly. We will keep watching to see how things develop.
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Stonechat 1, Greenfinch 2, Chaffinch 1, Goldfinch, Song Thrush 3, Blackbird 5, all around the snipe paddock. Green Woodpecker 1, Long-t Tit, Blue Tit E paddock. Cetti Wblr at Sully Brook.
Thanks for posting the report and list Jean. As a follow up just thought I’d add on the pix I took. Three of the rapidly vanishing Marsh Harrier, the close hovering Kestrel, and the nice posing Common Gull which allowed for pointing out the salient features, and the fact that it’s quite a scarce bird for the location [on the posts near the Pool beach].