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 .



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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 .


Good numbers on the Ogmore in the sunshine this afternoon, including a Black Swan.

Black Swan,  Black-headed Gull,  Blackbird,  Buzzard, Canada Goose , Carrion Crow
Chaffinch,  Collared Dove,  Cormorant,  Dunnock,  Goosander (4),  Herring Gull , Linnet
Little Grebe (2),  Magpie , Mallard,  Mute Swan,  Pied Wagtail , Redshank (6) , Shelduck
Teal (12) , Woodpigeon

Kenfig NNR

Fabulous weather and visibility for our first Public Walk of 2020 this morning. Twenty -six folk came along, and enjoyed a walk to the sea with a rising tide. (30+ surfers to entertain us)

Highlights were:- Marsh Harrier, being pursued by two Short-eared Owls, three very bright Greenfinch, Purple Sandpiper, lots of Curlew and a shag on the rocks at Sker, whilst folk with ‘scopes found us Red -Throated Divers, Great Crested Grebe and Common Scoter out to sea. We had a total of 49!  A really good start for our 2020 total.     If folk who went to the pool as well could give us any extras, that would be great.

Black-headed Gull , Blackbird , Blue Tit , Bullfinch , Buzzard , Carrion Crow, Collared Dove Coot , Cormorant , Curlew,  Dunnock , Gadwall , Goldcrest , Golden Plover,  Great Crested Grebe , Great Tit,  Greenfinch,  Herring Gull , House Sparrow, Jackdaw , Lesser Black-backed Gull , Linnet,  Long-tailed Tit,  Magpie, Mallard,      Marsh Harrier,  Meadow Pipit , Mute Swan,  Oystercatcher,  Peregrine, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Purple Sandpiper,  Raven,  Robin,  Shag,  Short-eared Owl, Sparrowhawk , Starling ,  Stonechat,  Teal , Turnstone , Woodpigeon, Wren,          Rock Pipit, Little Grebe, GS Woodpecker, Common Scoter, Red- Throated Diver.
Thanks to everyone for coming, sharing telescopes,  and for helping with ID.

Talygarn Lake

WeBS today, very quiet in the woods, not even a Magpie or Woodpigeon, but the Teal were looking fabulous.

Blackbird , Blue Tit,  Canada Goose,  Chaffinch,  Coot,  Dunnock , Great Tit,  Little Grebe ,
Mallard , Moorhen , Mute Swan , Robin,  Teal .

Talygarn Lake

Brilliant weather for our WeBS today, lovely in the woods, lots of birds about, and Teal have arrived back in numbers. First time we’ve seen a shovelor here.

Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit ,Carrion Crow, Chaffinch ,Coal Tit ,Coot ,Dunnock , Goldcrest Great Spotted Woodpecker , Great Tit , Jackdaw, Jay  3, Kingfisher , Little Grebe 6 ,
Long-tailed Tit , Magpie , Mallard 14 , Moorhen 6 , Mute Swan  9 ,Nuthatch ,Pied Wagtail ,
Red Kite , Robin , Song Thrush , Starling , Teal  22 , Treecreeper , Woodpigeon ,Wren.

Total Bird Species : 30


Kenfig NNR

Good to welcome some new folk on our Kenfig monthly walk this morning [it was actually Saturday {16th} – sorry to be picky! John W].

We went down to Sker to find the Long-Tailed Duck on the flood, then moved east along the coast to the edge of the Royal Porthcawl golf course where we located the juvenile Red-backed Shrike. (and lots of other friends!)

Other highlights were, -2 Sparrow Hawk, 30+ Lapwing,  Common and Mediterranean Gull,  50+ Woodpigeon flying over,  4 Raven, a Sanderling, and a Redwing.

This is my list, some members continued afterwards to the pool, so they have some additions.

Black-headed Gull , Blackbird, Blue Tit , Canada Goose , Carrion Crow , Collared Dove,    Common Gull , Curlew , Feral Pigeon , Goldcrest , Great Black-backed Gull , Great Tit,
Grey Heron , Herring Gull , Jackdaw , Lapwing , Lesser Black-backed Gull ,                  Long-tailed Duck , Long-tailed Tit , Magpie , Mallard , Meadow Pipit , Mediterranean Gull
Oystercatcher , Pied Wagtail , Raven , Red-backed Shrike , Redshank , Redwing , Robin,
Rock Pipit , Rook , Sanderling, Song Thrush , Sparrowhawk , Starling , Stonechat, Turnstone , Woodpigeon , Wren , Skylark.      41 species

Our  next Kenfig walk will be on the 21st December, for ‘Pies in the Hide’ !  … and some birdwatching …    all welcome.

PS others seen were Golden Plover [flock flew over at Sker], Cormorant, Dunnock, Linnet, Goldfinch. {John W}.

Talygarn Lake

Late WeBS on Wed 16th Oct.   The highlights were -7 returned Little Grebe, a Kingfisher and 5 Redwing

Mute Swan, Gadwall , Mallard , Teal, Little Grebe, Moorhen , Coot , Woodpigeon Kingfisher, Magpie , Carrion Crow, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit , Wren, Nuthatch Blackbird , Redwing, Robin , Chaffinch.

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GBC  Monthly Public Walk.

Twenty-four folk came on our walk on Saturday morning, Very pleased to see some new new people.  A special thanks to all for helping them feel welcome.

We were delighted to find 45 species, a good count for for a blustery September day. Highlights were-: Bar-tailed Godwit, Wheatear, Whimbrel. Sanderling, Golden Plover, Wigeon, Mistle Thrush, Lapwing, Ringed Plover, Teal, and…… a Marsh Harrier. Complete list was Mute Swan,  Gadwall , Wigeon,  Mallard,  Teal, Great Crested Grebe , Grey Heron , Cormorant, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Coot, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, Curlew,  Sanderling, Dunlin , Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-headed Gull,  Mediterranean Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Skylark, Swallow, House Martin, Long-tailed Tit, Starling , Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Robin,  Stonechat, Wheatear, House Sparrow, Dunnock ,Meadow Pipit, Linnet, and Goldfinch .

Kenfig NNR

Eleven folk came on our Kenfig monthly walk- thanks!

A blustery morning down at Sker, but the tide was just going out, and rewarded us with a list of 50 species. A few people went down to the pool afterwards,  it was quiet, but they found us a few more for the list.

The highlights today were a Whimbrel, Curlew, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Turnstone, Sanderling, Willow Warbler, Wheatear.

Full list-

Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan , Mallard , Grey Heron, Little Egret Cormorant, Coot, Oystercatcher , Ringed Plover , Whimbrel ,Curlew, Turnstone Sanderling , Dunlin  ,Black-headed Gull ,  Great Black-backed,  Gull Herring Gull Lesser Black-backed Gull,  Feral Pigeon , Woodpigeon, Collared Dove,  Swift, Kestrel Magpie,  Jackdaw, Carrion Crow,  Blue Tit , Great Tit , Skylark, Sand Martin, Swallow House Martin, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Wren , Starling, Blackbird,  Robin Stonechat , Wheatear , House Sparrow , Dunnock , Pied Wagtail , Meadow Pipit  Rock Pipit,  Bullfinch,  Greenfinch,  Linnet , Goldfinch.


Talygarn Lake

Late WeBS today, warm and fragrant in the woods, lots of wildflowers, birdsong,  spotted a dragonfly too. Still no Little Grebe, must be off nesting somewhere else.

Blackbird , Blackcap , Blue Tit , Canada Goose with 2 goslings,  Chiff Chaff,
Carrion Crow , Coal Tit , Coot with 2 chicks, Gadwall , Great Tit , Grey Heron 
House Sparrow , Mallard with 1 duckling, Moorhen , Mute Swan ,Reed Warbler 
Robin , Swallow , Woodpigeon , Wren 



Kenfig and Sker

12 folk enjoyed the GBC monthly walk on Saturday, a lovely day, lots of birds, ( 46 species) including – 12 Whimbrel on the golf course, a pair of Bullfinch, Sedge Warbler, lots of Whitethroat, and at Sker point – Golden Plover, Ringed Plover , Rock Pipit, Yurnstone, and at the farm,a family party of Greenfinch and ….. a Little Owl.

Blackbird ,Blackcap, Blue Tit, ,Bullfinch ,Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch 
Chiffchaff ,Collared Dove , Dunnock, Feral Pigeon ,Goldfinch , Great Tit 
Greenfinch , Herring Gull , House Martin,  House Sparrow , Linnet ,Magpie ,Mallard 
Pheasant, Pied Wagtail , Robin ,Sand Martin, Sedge Warbler, Skylark, Song Thrush, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon, Wren, Cormorant , Golden Plover 

Grey Heron , Lesser Black-backed Gull , Little Owl , Oystercatcher , Ringed Plover 
Rock Pipit , Sanderling , Stonechat , Turnstone , Whimbrel (12), Swallow, Starling, Meadow Pipit,
Thanks everyone!

Talygarn Lake

A fabulous day for this month’s WeBS survey,  lots of dappled shade in the woods, fragrant wildflowers, birdsong, clear reflections on the still lake…

Blackbird, Blackcap , Blue Tit , Buzzard,  Canada Goose,  Carrion Crow, Chiffchaff ,
Coal Tit,  Coot,  Dunnock , Great Spotted Woodpecker , Great Tit , Grey Heron ,
Grey Wagtail , House Sparrow , Jackdaw,  Magpie , Mallard , Moorhen , Mute Swan ,
Nuthatch,  Robin , Song Thrush,  Teal , Treecreeper, Woodpigeon , Wren .
Couldn’t find a Little Grebe, very unusual, maybe they are nesting …

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A brilliant GBC Public Walk this morning!  Lovely weather, 24 folk came along and helped to find 51 species,including Chetti’s Warbler,Sand Martin,Willow Warbler and Whitethroat everywhere, Lesser Whitethroat, and some people heard a reeling Grasshopper Warbler.  Thanks to Strinda for leading.

Black-headed Gull , Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit , Bullfinch , Buzzard , Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Cetti’s Warbler , Chaffinch, Chiffchaff ,Collared Dove,Coot ,
Cormorant, Dunnock ,Gadwall, Goldfinch , Great Black-backed Gull,
Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Greenfinch , Grey Heron, Greylag Goose 
Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Lapwing , Lesser Black-backed Gull ,
Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet , Little Egret, Long-tailed Tit , Magpie, Mallard ,
Meadow Pipit , Mute Swan, Pheasant, Reed Bunting , Robin , Sand Martin,
Sedge Warbler, Skylark , Song Thrush, Starling, Swallow , Tufted Duck ,
Whitethroat , Woodpigeon, Wren , Jackdaw, Willow Warbler, and the Grasshopper Warbler.
Hope to see you all at our Big Birding Day next Sunday, 28th April.