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.
Rhymney Est. – 500 Dunlin, 1 Heron, 2 Cormorant, 330 Shelduck, 18 Shoveler, 55 Pintail, 36 Teal, 20 Mallard ands very surprisingly no Redshank. Alan Cripps was there and had seen 2 Jack Snipe. At the Heliport bay, 49 Shelduck, 27 Pintail on the beach and just a single lonely Turstone.
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.
Having got the Bird Report files to the printer today, I treated myself to a local ‘twitch’ for the Snow Bunting at The Knap, Barry. It didn’t disappoint – an incredibly confiding bird. Light was v poor but I got some nice photos.
Also late news for today, a Red-backed Shrike was found along a fence line adjacent the Royal Porthcawl Golf Course.
Pleased to say that I took the files for the 2018 Eastern Glamorgan Bird Report to the printer today, and thanks to fancy software after about 30 mins I came away with a proof copy! I need to check carefully through that then hopefully will be able to give the go-ahead for the print run early next week.
Female Pintail on the grassy ‘beach’ W lake, c.15 Tufties on W lake plus 2 Pochard and 3 Gadwall. 57 Tufties on E lake. Sully brook by Medieval Village was as full as I’ve ever seen it.
The Snow Bunting has apparently been present around the lake this afternoon, mostly around the seaward side paths and near the skate park.
The Snow Bunting was reported at the Knap Lake this morning by the beach of Barry Old Harbour/Watch House Bay, and the Long-tailed Duck was still on Sker farm flood.
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.
News just noticed on WhatsApp – Snow Bunting at The Knap Lake Barry – post timed 16.34.
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.
Also today from social media – Slavonian Grebe on Kenfig Pool [poss the returning bird form last winter], and the Long-t Duck still on the flood at Sker.
In case anyone hasn’t seen it on social media or any other forum, a Shore Lark was found Newton Point – Porthcawl late today. Photo on the #glambirds Twitter link on the right.
Gt White Egret present yesterday and went to roost – per Martin Bevan. Present since Weds apparently.
There were 20 Teal on W lake plus a pair of Gadwall and the usual Tufties. In the recently mowed far end of W paddock there were at least 30 Pied Wagtails and a Meadow Pipit feeding amongst the grass and vegetation on the ground. A Jay by the golf course.
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.
We had an excellent talk last night [5th Nov] from Dave Carrington about Kenfig Nature Reserve, it’s wealth of wildlife and the complexities of managing this gem in our county. So many thanks to Dave and the 34 people who attended.
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.