Pyle area

Single Skylark flying over Pyle today and single Meadow Pipit yesterday, vanguard of  migratory flocks yet to come? Grey Wagtail active on Afon Cynffig near the weir and plenty of Goldcrest calling in Collwyn woods. One singing male.

Red Kite, Pyle

Red Kite over Pyle yesterday afternoon, approx 4pm. Soaring over Pyle church end of Collwyn woods and then checked out the fields being mowed on other side of Afon Cynffig. Treated to close views as almost over my garden at one point.

 

Collwyn Pyle

Treecreeper singing in the wood along Afon Cynffig yesterday, heard and then seen. I may previously have thought of it as Goldcrest song, will listen more carefully from now on. 2 Chiffchaff singing and Crow gathering nest material.

Dipper and Goldcrest

Dipper singing on Afon Cynffig in Pyle yesterday. Water level has to reveal perches which are either rocks or fallen branches,  as bird has been absent during, and after, heavy rain.

Excellent view of pair of displaying Goldcrest in trees above singing Dipper. Male with fully revealed crest (more bright orange than yellow). First such sighting for me.

KNNR

Mid-morning walk at Kenfig began with a fiesty Chiffchaff chasing off Long Tailed, Blue and Great Tit from its favoured tree, where it was making aerial forays for insects. Then a female or imm. Blackcap was showing well feeding on Blackberries near the bird table below the Centre.

Had 2 second sighting from South Hide of a Bittern landing deep into reed bed on West of Pool just as I was describing them,  in comparison to a Grey Heron, to a first time visitor to the reserve.

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Kenfig

Seven keen birders on the monthly walk today. 37 birds in all of which 3 heard only. Highlights were Great C Grebe with 3 young, Black Tailed Godwit flushed from East Shore close comparison views of Sand and House Martins. 4 Swift.

Kenfig NNR

Male Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Buzzard at Kenfig early this evening with Grey Heron circling the dunes. Bullfinch, Whitethroat, Goldcrest, large group of young LT Tit, Swallow, Sand Martin and Swift. 26 species in all plus 8 heard. Hopeful for monthly Club walk at Kenfig this Sat 16th.