RGW – Peterstone Sluice Farm

Spent the morning over high tide walking from RGW to the farm and back . Best of the bunch was a Short Eared Owl – flew to the saltmarsh just passed the marker stones . Also 1 Wheatear , small movement of Meadow Pipits, 3 Skylarks and at least 500 Starlings plus a couple of singing Cettis.

Good numbers of ducks , at least 300 Shelduck but probably a lot more along the whole walk . Wigeon , Pintail , Teal and Shoveler also present .

Waders seen were Oyks , Curlew , Redshank , Snipe (2) and Lapwing (84) .

Also of interest , 1 each of Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and 3 Little Egret . 48 species in total.


Spent a few hours this morning at Aberthaw – 64 species seen in total . Highlight was a male Black Redstart at the power station near the purple tanks on the west of Breaksea Point . Also of interest were at least 8 Med Gulls at the rivermouth along with a Kingfisher fishing there . 2 Wheatear , 6 Swallow and 8 Chiffchaffs present . 22 Wigeon at the rivermouth also . 1 each of Peregrine , Kestrel , Sparrowhawk and Buzzard .

Waders present were , 1 each of Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Ringed Plover and Snipe , 2 Lapwing , 20 Oyks , 15 Turnstone and 13 Curlew . Also notable were 2 Stock Dove , 3 Raven , 1 Cetti’s singing at the lagoon , 40+ Alba Wagtails , 2 Grey , 100+ Linnet , 3 Little Egret and plenty of Rock and Meadow Pipits , Skylarks and Stonechats .


Good few hours this morning best of which was a surprisingly late Short Eared Owl seen flying along the beach from Sker direction before flying into the dunes towards the pool . Also a Peregrine hunting over the pool catching a hirundine and plucking it midair was good value . Lots of Hirundines and Swifts over the pool , fields and dunes .

Warblers seen were Chiffchaff , Willow , Blackcap , Cetti’s , Sedge , Reed , Whitethroat ( everywhere ) and 1 Lesser Whitethroat .

Waders at Sker were Oyks , Purple Sand , Ringed Plover , Dunlin , Sanderling , Turnstone and Whimbrel . Also 3 Wheatear ( 2F 1M ) .


A pair of Pied Flycatchers at the north end of Llwyn-Onn was the highlight this morning . Also flyover Red Kite and 3 Ravens . Swallows , Sand and House Martins and a single Swift over the res and 3 female Goosanders on it as well as a couple of Common Sandpipers . At least 2 Dippers on the river as well as Grey and Pied Wagtails . Lots of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers everywhere ! No Tree Pipit for me but bumped into Graham Powell who had seen one in the car park .

Hailey Park

On the daily dog walk today , still 2 separate pairs of Goosander on the Taff . Plenty of singing Blackcap , Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers plus displaying Greenfinches .

Over the last week have noticed a pair of Great Tits occupying a nestbox but unfortunately today it has disappeared , can only assume someone thought it would be good fun to rip it down or steal it . Also workmen cutting down bushes / small trees , why do they do it at this time of year ?


Very cold walk from RGW to Peterstone Sluice Farm and back this morning produced some good birds . The Avocet mentioned earlier was near to the marker stones about 11.10 before being disturbed by dog walkers , it flew off east and didn’t stop . Also a flyover Red Kite was a nice surprise . My first Wheatear , Willow Warbler and Swallow of the year were all good to see .

SE Owl

Short Eared Owl about half way between RGW and Peterstone Sluice Farm @ 11.15am. Flushed by a woman walking through the saltmarsh . Couldn’t pick it up again even though I saw where it landed . Also about 40 Pintail , 13 Grey Plover , 60ish Dunlin , 4 Little Egret and most of the usual ducks/waders . 2 Fieldfare in with a flock of Starlings were nice but only 2 Chiffchaff as far as spring migrants are concerned .

Glamorgan Canal/Forest Farm area .

Total of 47 species seen over 3 hours this morning . Highlights were water rail and kingfisher from the hide , flyover peregrine and a couple of ravens . Dippers on the feeder and Taff along with a single female goosander . 6 redwing and a flock of 10 siskin , drumming great spotted and calling green woodpeckers . Lots of common woodland birds including 6 goldcrests and this hungry sparrowhawk .

East Aberthaw

Highlight was a female black redstart at the power station , on the building nearest to Breaksea Point at 10.20am .

Plenty of other bits about , c120 wigeon and 8 brents at the rivermouth . Waders were 25 Oyks , 6 curlew , 1 redshank , 4 turnstone and c10 snipe . 2 little egret and 2 grey heron on the saltmarsh along with rock and meadow pipits . At least 8 little grebe , 4 on the saltmarsh and 4+on the lagoon . Buzzard and kestrel hunting over the tip . Pair of stonechat and several skylarks on the tip . Water rail squealing and cettis singing at the lagoon plus a pair of blackcaps and a whole load of thrushes and bullfinches feeding on the berries .

East Aberthaw

8.00am – 11.30am .

Really good few hours at Aberthaw this morning . Highlights were 10 Yellow Wagtails , 1 Whinchat , 2 Stonechat , 2 Wheatear , 1 Spotted Flycatcher , 10+ Chiffchaff , 2 Willow Warbler , 6 Blackcap . Heard Water Rail and had my first Cettis Warbler at Aberthaw in over 40 years of visiting there . 5 Little Egrets at Breaksea Point . Steady movement of Swallows 200+ eastward with a few Sand and House Martins and a steady movement of Meadow Pipits c150 westward .

Gileston/East Aberthaw

2 Yellowhammer , Stonechat , Reed Buntings and a single Whitethroat at Gileston . Large flocks of Linnet , Goldfinch , House Sparrow , Jackdaw and Rooks over the fields . Buzzard , Kestrel and Raven also present . 67 Oystercatcher , 2 Turnstone and 4 Little Egret at Breaksea Point at high tide .

At East Aberthaw 2 Buzzard , 2 Kestrel and a male Sparrowhawk around the tip area . 2 Raven over flying westward . A pair of Stonechat were near the rivermouth plus a pair sat on top of a bush with 4 Whitethroat in the lagoon area . Other warblers seen were Chiffchaff and Blackcap . Sand Martin , Swallow and a group of 11 Swift were also present . 12 Ringed Plover , 5 Turnstone , Oystercatcher and a single Little Egret were on the beach . Good to see the Mute Swan pair still have 5 cygnets .

It will be interesting to see what they do with the power station once it is completely shut down which I think is in March .


Most of the action around the fenced off area of west paddock – 2 Tree Pipit , 1 Spotted Fly , 4 Blackcap , 1 Garden Warbler , 4 Chiffchaff , 3 Willow Warbler , 1 Common and 1 Lesser Whitethroat . 1 Redstart on posts at lake end of west paddock . 1 each of Buzzard , Sparrowhawk and Raven over .

East Aberthaw

A good mixture of species seen this morning . 45 Canada Geese at the rivermouth with the usual gulls and a few waders , mainly Oystercatcher and Curlew and 2 Dunlin . Singles of Kestrel , Sparrowhawk and Buzzard hunting over the tip . At least 100 Linnet , 6 Greenfinch and 3 pairs of Bullfinch , plenty of Goldfinch . One group of 5 Wheatear were in the beach area along with several Rock Pipit . 6 species of warbler were seen , Blackcap , 2 Garden Warbler , Reed Warbler , at least 10 Common Whitethroat , Chiffchaff and some really smart looking Willow Warblers . 53 species in total 7.50am to 11.30am .

Cardiff Bay

A 3 hour circular walk around Cardiff Bay was generally quiet . A Common Sandpiper and 3 Turnstone were along the Ely embankment . Lesser and Common Whitethroat , Blackcap and Reed Warbler were seen near the boardwalk area at CBWR . 7-8 Swift seen in total with lots of Sand and House Martin and a total of 11 pairs of GC Grebes with chicks of varying ages .


Spent a few hours this morning wandering around Cosmeston before the hoardes arrived . Highlights were a handsome male Redstart , on fenceposts lake end of west paddock , a Stock Dove near fenced off area and a Little Egret circling quite high up before flying eastwards . Plenty of common species including at least 2 Willow Warblers , a flock of c50 Goldfinch and a flock of c30 Linnet .


An hour or so around CBWR/Hamadryad Park this morning produced 8 species of warbler , Sedge , Reed , Cettis , Garden , Blackcap , Whitethroat , Willow and Chiffchaff , a couple of Swifts and lots of Sand Martins .

Llandaff/Pontcanna Fields

Spent a few hours this morning searching in vain for the elusive Lesser Peckers . Although there was no sight or sound of them there were plenty of other birds about , green and gsw , treecreeper , nuthatch , goldcrest , lots of thrushes ( no fieldfare ) and finches including 2 siskin . Kingfisher and goosander were on the river and probably the most unusual thing were 3 greylags flying downstream .

Gileston/East Aberthaw

A 3 1/2 hour walk this morning produced a total of 59 species . The highlights at Gileston were yellowhammer and stonechat , both single males only , kestrel and great views of a peregrine hunting over the fields. 16 brent geese , 6 shelduck and 97 wigeon were near the rivermouth with redshank , rock and meadow pipits on the saltmarsh . A pair of ravens were flying around the ash tip and the highlights around the lagoon were a kingfisher , water rail calling , a chiffchaff , a pair of stonechats and a single male siskin feeding with a flock of goldfinches …… oh yes and lots of dog walkers .