Kenfig NNR

16 folk came along to the Monthly Public Walk at Kenfig on Saturday, good to see some old friends.
We found 51 Species! The highlights were a Brent Goose on the pool, rare for this location, lots of singing Whitethroat, one with nesting material, and a Sedge Warbler.
Full List-
Brent Goose (Not sure if dark or light bellied, seen at a distance, several observers.), Canada Goose, Greylag Goose , Mute Swan, Shoveler, Gadwall, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Feral Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Moorhen, Coot, Great Crested Grebe, Lapwing, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull , Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Raven, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Skylark, Sand Martin, Swallow, Cetti’s Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Wren, Starling, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Robin, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Linnet, Goldfinch.
Thanks to everyone for coming, and to Dave Carrington for leading. Here’s some of the group searching for that final species! Thx to John Western for the pic.

Kenfig NNR

A bright and breezy day for the Kenfig Monthly Birdwalk today, good company, welcome to some new folk. We were pleased to find 40 species.

The highlights were a Red-crested Pochard and a Marsh Harrier, both showing well in the sunshine. Lots of activity on the pool, some difficult to spot, bobbing about on the waves!

Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon , Mallard , Red-crested Pochard , Pochard,

Tufted Duck, Goldeneye , Feral Pigeon, Woodpigeon , Moorhen, Coot , Great Crested Grebe, Lapwing

Herring Gull , Lesser Black-backed Gull , Cormorant , Marsh Harrier , Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker 

Magpie , Jackdaw , Carrion Crow, Raven, Blue Tit , Great Tit, Chiffchaff, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Robin

House Sparrow, Dunnock , Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Greenfinch , Goldfinch, Reed Bunting .

Many thanks to Dave Carrington for leading.

Park Slip

A good trip on Sunday morning with Strinda, birding with a keen young family from Brecon. We were very pleased to find 22 species, good numbers of waterfowl on the pond, Skylark and Mistle Thrush calling well.

Canada Goose , Mallard , Teal, Moorhen, Tufted Duck , Woodpigeon, Coot, Little Grebe, Jay, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit , Skylark, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Mistle Thrush , Blackbird, Robin , Dunnock , Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Goldfinch 

Kenfig NNR

21 folk joined us on our first public birdwalk of the year, on a cold , overcast day. It was good to meet friends old and new.

We were pleased to find 41 species, the highlights being Ring-necked Duck, Siberian Chiff Chaff, Scaup, and 5 very smart displaying male Goldeneye with at least 1 female.

Full List-

Canada Goose , Mute Swan, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard, Teal, Pochard , Ring-necked Duck , Tufted Duck ,
Scaup, Goldeneye , Woodpigeon , Collared Dove , Coot Great Crested Grebe, Black-headed Gull Mediterranean Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Magpie , Jackdaw , Carrion Crow , Blue Tit , Great Tit , Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff (Siberian – tristis) , Goldcrest , Starling ,
Song Thrush , Mistle Thrush , Blackbird , Robin, House Sparrow, Dunnock , Chaffinch, Bullfinch , Greenfinch , Goldfinch.

Many thanks to Dave for leading and Rhos , deputy leader.

Kenfig NNR


16 folk braved the cold wind to come on the Kenfig public birdwalk on Saturday, and were rewarded by finding 40 species, and having hot mulled fruit juice, mince pies and chocolates!

Highlights were a flying Bittern, a Water rail, 12 Bullfinch in the same tree, 14 Lapwing over, Wigeon, Scaup, and 3 Goldeneye.

Full list

Canada Goose , Greylag Goose , Mute Swan , Gadwall , Wigeon, Mallard , Teal , Tufted Duck , Scaup Goldeneye , Goosander , Feral Pigeon , Woodpigeon , Collared Dove , Water Rail, Moorhen, Coot
Lapwing , Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Cormorant , Bittern , Grey Heron , Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie , Jackdaw , Carrion Crow , Blue Tit , Great Tit , Long-tailed Tit , Wren, Starling , Blackbird , Robin, House Sparrow , Dunnock , Bullfinch , Greenfinch

Thanks to everyone for coming, and to Dave Carrington for leading.


Kenfig NNR

Kenfig Public Walk, Saturday 20th November 2021

We welcomed 11 folk to our walk, good to meet to old friends , and a new GBC member, Martin. In spite of the overcast sky giving poor viewing conditions, the rain held off, and we saw/heard 45 species! The highlights being a Scaup, a distant Kingfisher and a large number ( 20+- Dave will give us a more exact number …) of Common Gull all on the pool. 2 Cetti’s Warbler were calling, as were Chiffchaff, Redwing flew overhead, while we were pleased to find a Fieldfare. Some of us saw a small flock of distant Golden Plover towards the coast, while Barry found us a last minute raptor, a hovering Kestrel.

Full list.

Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Gadwall, )Mallard, Tufted Duck, Scaup, Feral Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Moorhen, Coot, Golden Plover, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw Carrion Crow, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Cetti’s Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff, Wren, Starling, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Robin, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Linnet, Goldfinch. total – 45

With thanks to all who came, and to Dave Carrington for leading

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GBC Kenfig monthly public birdwalk.

Eight folk set off in hope on a wet morning, and were well-rewarded when the clouds lifted.

Highlights of our 37 species were -four Curlew fling very closely towards us, a very distant Kingfisher, a calling water Rail, five Mistle thrush in a far away tree , a juvenile Bullfinch, a single Swift, mixed flocks of hirundine over the pool- at least 30 House martin, 40 Mallard. Towards the end, up near the centre, a small bush held two Goldfinch, a whitethroat, a Dunnock, and three young Swallows waiting to be fed.

Full list

Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Mallard , Swift, Woodpigeon , Collared Dove , Curlew, Black-headed Gull , Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull , Cormorant , Grey Heron , Kingfisher , Great Spotted Woodpecker , Kestrel , Magpie , Jackdaw , Carrion Crow, Blue Tit , Sand Martin , Swallow , House Martin , Chiffchaff , Whitethroat, Starling , Mistle Thrush , Blackbird , Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch , Bullfinch- juvenile-, Goldfinch .

Plus – Robin, Wren, Water Rail and Black Cap heard.

Great to see some old friend, thanks for coming, and thanks to Dave Carrington for leading.

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Monthly birdwalk, 19/6 /21

We had a very enjoyable morning yesterday, good to see old friends and meet a new member.

On what seemed to be a quiet day, we found 46 species, the highlights being a Red Kite, 40+ Swift with associating Martins, and a Nuthatch.

The wildflowers were stunning- at least 3 species of orchid, huge Viper’s Bugloss, etc. Among other notable things were-

Azure, Blue Tailed and Common Blue Damselfly, Four Spot Chaser and Hairy Dragonfly, a Yellow Underwing Moth, and a Common Frog.

Canada Goose 100+ Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Mallard, Pheasant (H), Swift 40+, Feral Pigeon , Woodpigeon , Collared Dove, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Grey Heron (2), Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, Buzzard , Kestrel Magpie , Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Skylark, Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin , Cetti’s Warbler, Long-tailed Tit , Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat , Wren (H), Nuthatch, Starling, Blackbird, Song Thrush,(H) Stonechat, House Sparrow, Dunnock , Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch (H), Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Linnet, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting.

With thanks to Dave Carrington for leading, and everyone else for your expertise and company,


Kenfig NNR

This morning we had our first Saturday Kenfig birdwalk since lockdown , very enjoyable and productive too! Great to see some old friends.

We are still running these with Covid restrictions- only booked participants, not sharing equipment, not using the hide, maintaining social distancing.

We saw/ heard (h) a total of 52 species! The highlights were ,a singing Tree Pipit, -a rarity for Kenfig, Dunlin, Sanderling, Turnstone and a purple Sandpiper at Sker, lots of Hirundines flying low over the pool, with Swift over too.

Full list

Blackbird, Blackcap,(h) Bullfinch, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Cetti’s Warbler( h), Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Collared Dove, Coot, Cormorant, Dunlin (6), Dunnock, Gadwall (1), Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe with young, Herring Gull, House Martin, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Lesser Whitethroat (h), Linnet, Magpie, Mallard – with at least 9 ducklings, Meadow Pipit, Moorhen, Mute Swan , Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Purple Sandpiper (1), Reed Warbler, Ringed Plover (2), Robin, Rock Pipit, Sand Martin, Sanderling (6), Skylark, Song Thrush, Starling, Stonechat [with young], Swallow, Swift, Tree Pipit , Turnstone (22), Wheatear, Whimbrel, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon.

With many thanks to Dave Carrington for leading.

Kenfig NNR

In spite of the blustery wet weather, everyone enjoyed the club birdwalk this morning, good to see friends old and new. Between us we found 41 species, and I think we all saw most of them- a bit tricky in the wind and drizzle. Highlights were 8 Turnstone at Sker, 4 Common Scoter wave hopping, visible with binoculars, 10+ Curlew over on the golf course- seen by folk with scopes, since they were quite far away, Tufted Duck and Great -Crested Grebe on the pool, 7 Lapwing over, and glimpses of an Otter at the far side of the pool. Some folk explored the back of the barn at Sker House, but couldn’t find the Little Owl today.

Black-headed Gull, Blackbird , Blue Tit, Carrion Crow ,
Cetti’s Warbler -heard, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff – heard, Common Gull,
Common Scoter , Coot, Curlew, Feral Pigeon , Fieldfare , Goldcrest ,
Goldfinch, Great Black-backed Gull , Great Crested Grebe ,Great Tit ,
Grey Heron , Herring Gull , Kestrel , Lapwing , Long-tailed Tit , Magpie,
Mallard, Meadow Pipit, Mute Swan , Oystercatcher , Pied Wagtail,
Raven, Robin, Rook , Shag , Skylark, Starling, Stonechat , Tufted Duck ,
Turnstone , Water Rail- heard, Woodpigeon , Wren .

Thanks to Dave Carrington for leading, and everyone for their cheerful company.

Talygarn Lake

We enjoyed being able to do our WeBS at last yesterday. Part of the site around the far side of the lake is closed at the moment due to Covid restrictions, so number of sightings are a bit short. Lovely views in the Autumn woodlands, and two brave Great Tits followed us till we gave them some crumbs.

Blackbird, Blue Tit , Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch , Coot Gadwall , Great Tit , House Sparrow Little Grebe, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Robin, Shoveler, Teal, Woodpigeon .

Kenfig NNR

Our first ‘Lockdown’, socially distanced, Kenfig Saturday walk was very successful. Eight folk came along, we went down to the pool, (not in the hide, too many folk) then across the dunes to the coast, where the view across the beach was stunning in the sunshine. 25 Gannet were seen over to the west of the Mumbles, by a couple of folk with telescopes. Everyone managed to see a Porpoise, there were at least three.

Highlights include – a fairly close Marsh Harrier, two Sparrowhawks, good views of a Kestrel, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, and a Snipe.

Full List- h – heard

Black-headed Gull , Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Buzzard , Carrion Crow, Chiffchaff, Collared Dove, Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant Curlew, Dunnock, Feral Pigeon, Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit ,h , Greenfinch, Grey Heron , Gannet, Herring Gull , Jackdaw, Kestrel Lesser Black-backed Gull, Linnet, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Meadow Pipit , Mute Swan , Oystercatcher, Robin Skylark, Snipe, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Stonechat , Swallow, Willow Warbler, h, Woodpigeon , Wren, h,Water Rail, h, Pied Wagtail, h, Tree Creeper, h,

A total of 45!

Many thanks to all who came, and especially to Dave Carrington for leading

Talygarn Lakes

WeBS count on a blustery day, but sheltered down in the woods.

Couldn’t make a full count since the permissive path across the lake bridge is still temporarily closed, due to it being too narrow to negotiate safely in these strange times.

Mute Swan (1) it appears that the nest has failed.   Coot(2), Mallard (35)  lots of well- grown juveniles, Moorhen (2),  no Little Grebe again, it appears that they nest elsewhere.

A special treat was a spotted flycatcher, a first for us at this site.

Robin,  Blackbird,  Blackcap singing,  Blue Tit,  Great Tit, Chiff Chaff,  Dunnock, House Sparrow, Swallow, Song Thrush- at least 4



Talygarn Lake

We were able to conduct our WeBS today, first time since ‘Lockdown’ began!

It was glorious in the woods and down by the lake – so green, lots of birdsong, ducklings and wild flowers. Unfortunately our WeBS was not so accurate because the permissive path across the lake bridge has been temporarily, but reluctantly, closed by the landowner since it is too narrow to maintain safe distancing.                                                The swans nested as usual, but this failed. It was very close to the bridge and path. We’re hoping they may try again.

Coot , Mallard , Moorhen , Mute Swan  , Blackbird , Blackcap , Blue Tit , Carrion Crow ,
Chaffinch , Chiffchaff , Collared Dove , Dunnock , Great Spotted Woodpecker ,           House Sparrow , Magpie , Robin, Song Thrush , Swallow , Woodpigeon , Wren

Talygarn Lake

A damp WeBS count this lunchtime,   Teal and Shoveler appear to have gone, along with most of the Little Grebe.  First spotting of a Sparrow Hawk here.

Blackbird,  Blue Tit , Canada Goose (2), Carrion Crow,  Chaffinch , Coot (9),
Dunnock , Great Spotted Woodpecker,  Great Tit , House Sparrow ,
Little Grebe (1), Magpie,  Mallard (11), Moorhen (1), Mute Swan (3), Robin ,
Song Thrush,  Sparrowhawk , Starling , Woodpigeon, Wren .



Kenfig NNR

It was our monthly public walk this morning. 13 folk braved the wind and rain and were rewarded by finding 39 (!) species.  Highlights – good views, in the bushes by the hide, of a Siberian Chiffchaff,  2 very close Goldcrest, a Treecreeper,  a moving flock of long-tailed tits,  then on the pool, a Goldeneye and 4 Shovelers.

Black-headed Gull,  Blackbird,  Blue Tit, Canada Goose,  Carrion Crow, Cetti’s Warbler, Chaffinch,  Chiffchaff (Siberian – tristis),Collared Dove, Coot , Dunnock, Gadwall, Goldcrest,  Goldeneye,  Goldfinch,  Great Black-backed Gull, Great Crested Grebe , Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit , Greenfinch (7), Herring Gull , House Sparrow,  Jackdaw,  Long-tailed Tit , Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen,  Mute Swan,  Robin, Shoveler,  Song Thrush,  Sparrowhawk,  Starling, Teal,  Treecreeper, Tufted Duck, Wigeon , Woodpigeon,  Wren.

Good to see some new folk, welcome!                                                                                                Many thanks to Strinda for leading.


Talygarn Lake

An early WeBS today, in view of the bad weather forecast!

Tufties here today, a first for for us at Talygarn.  Down to three swans, just one cygnet left

Blackbird , Blue Tit , Canada Goose ,Carrion Crow ,Coot, Chaffinch
Dunnock, Great Tit,  4 Little Grebe,  Magpie,   Mallard,  Moorhen ,  Mute Swan
Nuthatch , Robin,  Shoveler,  Starling, Teal , Tufted Duck,  Wren .

Plus, flowering, – Snowdrop, Violets(almost white) Dog’s Mercury, Lesser Celandine .