Cosmeston [and elsewhere]

Pretty quiet at Cossie this a.m., with 2 Wigeon and 3 Gadwall on W lake of note. Elsewhere the Snow Bunting is still showing well at The Knap, Barry; the Red-backed Shrike near Sker was seen again; plus a Siberian Chiffchaff near the south pool hide at Kenfig, and a Short-eared Owl flew along Rumney Great Wharf.


A sibe Chiffchaff, Yellow-browed Warbler and a Firecrest were seen at Kenfig this morning! – in the same area, down the path past the bird table. Sorry this is late – didn’t discover it on social media until just now.

Kenfig NNR & Sker

The GBC monthly walk with 16 participants went out to Sker past Sker Farm and the huge flooded field there where the long-staying Long-tailed Duck showed well. There were many Pipits but none in the rare category – lots of Meadows and a single Rock Pipit. C.30 Golden Plover flew over. Up the path alongside the Royal Porthcawl course we eventually found the Red-backed Shrike found yesterday by club member Peter Harrop. It never came very close but I managed a couple of photos capable of being cropped. Overall we saw nearly 50 species.

Field trip to Garwnant

Apologies for the lateness of this but I have been away since Friday and had a hectic week last week. There’s a field trip to Garwnant on Wednesday [13th] and the plan is to meet in the car park there at around 10 a.m. Garwnant is the forestry centre at the northern end of Llwyn-on Reservoir, off the A470. There’s a brown sign where the turning is.


Today’s news from elsewhere: A Scaup at Prospect Place, Cardiff Bay this morning, Long-tailed Duck still on the flood at Sker, and best of all a Shore Lark [which was found yesterday aft], was still at Newton Point – Porthcawl this morning but flew off towards Merthyr Mawr dunes.

On a more mundane front in a cold wind at Cosmeston this morning there were 3 Little Grebes and 3 GC Grebes on W lake.

Cosmeston a.m.

A flock of c.50 Fieldfare flew over W paddock this morning and landed in trees by the central path. There were a few Redwing with them. Both E and W paddocks have now been mowed so a couple of areas are pretty muddy. At the far end of W paddock this morning, 2 Buzzards were on the ground looking for easy pickings in the cut vegetation lying on the ground. One thought it had got something and flew up into a tree with talons full of cut grass and stems. t soon became evident that there was nothing within and it flew off in a huff! One fem Great Spotted Woodpecker flew across the lower Dovecot field and landed in a distant tree. There is apparently a Pintail on W lake but it is being very elusive.

October 2019

Highlights by Paul Roberts: A Glossy Ibis was seen at Kenfig Pool, before moving to the flood east of Sker Pool. Further records from Kenfig included Yellow-browed Warbler, five Whooper Swans, Scaup, Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Merlin, Hobby, Greenshank and Jack Snipe. Ten Woodlarks at Lavernock was a noteworthy record (14th), with a single also seen on the 19th. A Long-tailed Duck turned up at Llanishen/Lisvane Reservoir (26th). A Scaup was at Cosmeston. Great White Egrets comprised two down river at Ogmore Estuarty (19th) and one east at Rumney Great Wharf (2nd). A Marsh Harrier was near Cwm Nash. A Merlin was at Nash Point. Two Hobbies were at Cosmeston. Jack Snipe, Greenshank and Green Sandpiper were at Ogmore Estuary, with four Green Sandpipers along the River Ely near Pendoylan. A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was at Newton Point, Porthcawl. A Short-eared Owl flew west at Lavernock. The annual late autumn Woodpigeon movements included 54,000 over Cardiff between 07:00 and 09:30 on the 28th. Ring Ouzels were seen at Pant y Ffald, Maesteg and Dare Valley Country Park. A Firecrest was at Pant Norton, Ogmore. A flock of 10 Crossbills flew over at Dunraven.


A pair of Green Woodpeckers were feeding along the edge of E paddock this morning. There were c.100 Black-headed Gulls in the W lake bay area, and a single Pochard on E lake.

Nice garden year tick was a Treecreeper by our feeder. The 6th record since 1994, the most recent in 2010.