Penarth

Juvenile Hawfinch found in garden yesterday evening with a broken neck and slight damage to bill – presumably flown into window. Not a happy ending I’m afraid, but notably unusual species here.

Lavernock Point seawatch

Seawatch 1030-1210

Highlight was Red Throated Diver d/c. Also surprisingly high numbers of Swallow (30) heading in the same direction.

Otherwise, c.150 BH gulls u/c, 4 Curlew d/c, 1 GBB gull d/c. Other species; Oyk, Carrion Crow, Herring gull, LBB gull, Goldfinch, Mipit, Pied Wagtail, Linnet 

Lavernock Point seawatch

Seawatch first thing (0715-0830) was relatively quiet. Apart from large numbers of BH gulls, birds of note were; 1 juv. Gannet, 3 Curlew and single Kestrel, all down channel. 7 Oyks up channel.

Also 3 Rock Pipits on the beach and numerous flocks of Goldfinch, Linnet & Meadow Pipit, with quite a few Wagtail in the mix.

Lavernock nature reserve

Hundreds of hirundines over heading south (mainly Swallows), with a single Swift in amongst them. Large (c.100) flock of Goldfinch and smaller group of Linnet present. Also single Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler.

Butterflies were probably the highlight though – I saw more in the wild flower meadow than the rest of the year combined! Present were; Clouded Yellow and Painted Lady along with Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Large White and Speckled Wood.

Grey Phalarope

Single grey phalarope seen this morning (0730-0800ish) at Ogmore by Portobello House (likely the one in the RH picture of Mike Cram’s post). Very confiding, giving views to about 3 metres as it swam past. Quite mobile and sharing time on the eastern side of the river either foraging on the bank or swimming. Didn’t have time for a full search, but no sign of the other phal on that part of the river.

Also; 7 goosander and single greenshank, common sandpiper and redshank.

Lavernock Point

Seawatch this morning was better than expected. Highlights were; Little Gull, Pale phase Arctic Skua, Great Skua (2) – one of which took a Kittiwake out of the air while I was watching it! Also: Kittiwake (80+), Guillemot (1), Auk sp. (1), Curlew (4), Oystercatcher (15), Common Gull (2), Cormorant (7)

Lavernock Point seawatch

Seawatch from 0840 to 1150 was busy at first then calmed down after a major squall passed through mid-morning. Counts were: Auk sp. (5), Diver sp. (1) (prob. Red Throated based on observations by others), Kittiwake (71+), Peregrine Falcon (1), Kestrel (1), Oystercatcher (30), Cormorant (2), Shelduck (3), Curlew (5). All down channel except the oyks.

Lavernock Point

Seawatch 0815-1115. The undisputed highlight was my first Leach’s Storm Petrel, but there were plenty of other species of interest. Guillemot (1), Great Skua (1), Common Scoter (3), Kittiwake (25+), Gannet (3), Curlew (7), Oystercatcher (18) and a number of Common Gull. Most, apart from the oystercatchers, were heading down channel.