Tirfounder Fields, Aberdare

Summary of Summer Migrants Arrivals for Tirfounder Fields, Aberdare 2017

12th Mar, Chiffchaff (11th, M.Bevan). 30th Mar, Blackcap. 1st Apr, Willow Warbler, Sand Martin. 14th Apr, Swallow. 18th Apr, House Martin, Sedge Warbler (17th M.Bevan). 21st Apr, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat. 5th May, Swift. Little Egret present intermittently from Jan, last seen 6th May. No Willow Tit reports for 2 yrs.

Other: Sat 6th May, Mynydd Gethin (Aberdare) : Crossbill x 3. Cuckoo x1. Kestrel x 1. Red Kite x1. Linnets x6.


Drunk Ewok

Tirfounder, Aberdare

Manic Chiffchaff (tentatively identified as species tristis (Siberian Chiffchaff) due to large size, paleness) travelling up the Cynon. Brief glimpse in the distance of a gleaming white floating oval on edge of lake could only mean a Little Egret or a rugby ball, time I got back with camera was spooked. Also Otter, Kingfisher, Mute Swan, Dipper, Sparrowhawk.

Cefn Y Gyngon, Aberdare

Spotted 4x cuckoos in a field together today (a cuckold) in the Country park. Unusual to see one, even more so to have them perch on a tree metres away from me. One was definitely a female from markings. Were chasing each other, on silent wing, diving to field for food, were not being mobbed. Also Redstart, Tree Pipit, Whinchat, Green WP, Snipe, Red Kite, Buzz, Kestrel, Stonechat, Wood Warbler etc etc

Cwmbach Aberdare. Hi can you guys please help with an ID, I found what appeared to be a Vulture-Crow on my lawn this morning?! No RSPB book in the world can say what it is! Was about 6 foot long and digging up the lawn while looking at me menacingly.