2019 Bird Records/Bird Report

The result of a rainy, self-isolated day chez Wilson: all the 2019 bird records from 5 different sources are now in a single spreadsheet which contains, wait for it …. 105,112 records!! Now to split it up into species groups for SECTION WRITERS, your bird report needs you! ūüôā Any volunteers? Usual requirements – must be familiar with MS Excel and able to sort data within them.

Covid19 situation

In view of the national situation regarding the Covid19 virus, and government advice in that respect, it has been decided to cancel all GBC meetings and walks until further notice. This includes the planned Kenfig walk that was to have been on Saturday 21st Mar. We shall monitor the situation carefully and hope to resume activities as soon as it safe to do so. This is in line with the similar decisions taken by our neighbouring clubs and societies.

Upcoming events

First a reminder about my talk on the Brazilian Pantanal tomorrow [Tues 3rd] eve. All details re venue under ‘Events’, ‘Indoor meetings’.

Second, there’s a field trip next weekend on Sunday, 8th March when we will visit the Forest of Dean. The aim is to see Goshawks from¬†the New Fancy View viewpoint overlooking the forest canopy, and to find Hawfinch, and there’s also a Great Grey Shrike in the area too. Mandarin¬†Ducks and Cannop Ponds and also Marsh Tit and other passerines.I plan to leave Cardiff promptly at 8 a.m., picking up at St Margaret’s Road in time for a departure at that time, for anyone who wants a lift. We try to encourage car sharing if possible. Some areas there could be quite muddy so come suitably shod. Please let me know if you intend coming. The first location will be New Fancy View where there’s a gravel car park, not far north of Parkend. Click¬†here¬†for a map. Please let me know if you’re coming and whether you will be at St Margaret’s Road. A map for that is on the web site under ‘Events’, ‘Field Trips’. John Wilson

Field trip – Aberthaw & Gileston

There’s a field trip next Weds, 19th Feb to the above. Parking is rather limited for¬†east¬†Aberthaw unless you use the Blue Anchor carpark which I am reluctant to do as it’s a popular pub/restaurant and we will be running past lunch¬†time. So I suggest meeting in the gravel car park on the west side of the power station, down past Gileston village. Easiest access, to avoid a very¬†narrow lane, is to go past the petrol station on the B4265 and turn left at the St Athan crossroads into Gileston Road [it’s the next left after the garage]. Follow this down into Gileston village where you need to turn right, sign posted Beach. Just follow this along¬†to the end where there’s a gravel car park by the west flank of the power station. I suggest meeting there at about 10 a.m.. We can explore there a bit then walk along in front of the power station to the¬†East Aberthaw end. It can be very muddy so bring appropriate footwear. I will not be picking up at St Margaret’s Rd as it’s in the opposite direction! Plse let me know if you are coming. Here’s a link to a map – the orange arrow is where to park:
https://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=301994&Y=166310&A=Y&Z=120

Two upcoming events

Apologies for the short notice. On this coming Sunday 2nd Feb there’s a field trip to Llanelli WWT reserve. We normally try and be there by opening time which is 09:30. This fits in with high water which is 11:30 so we’ll catch the rising tide. Please note there is a charge for non-members of WWT. Adult admission is ¬£9.70 or ¬£8.25 for concessions. If folk can car share all well and good. I’d rather not go to St Margaret’s Road as it’s in the opposite direction for me. It takes about an hour with a clear run from me so I’ll be leaving Penarth at around 08:30. Please let me know if you are coming.

The other event is an indoor meeting on next Tuesday 4th Feb, when Paul Bowden is giving us an illustrated talk on Birding in Eastern Europe, specifically Belarus and Bulgaria. As now announced on the Events page, this will be at the new venue of the Pencoed Miners Welfare Hall, which is 5 mins off J.35 of the M4. Click here for details. Meetings there start promptly at 7:30 p.m. so arrive before then.

Bird Records

It’s that time of year again! At the end of this month I will be tackling the dreaded BirdTrack download for East Glam for all the records from 2019. So this is a request to make sure that if you use BirdTrack, you are all up to date for 2019.

Also if you record in any other way, the the same applies. If you send records direct to me, then please do so, or if you use SEWBReC or any other method of recording, plus make sure your records are up to date.

Many thanks, John Wilson East Glam Report editor

Field trip Weds 22nd Jan

Late notice but I’ve been away on a birding trip to Thailand.

I’m at our hotel prior to our return fight from Thailand tomorrow, so whilst I have WiFi just to say that there’s a local field trip to Cosmeston and Cardiff Bay on Weds 22nd Jan. I propose to meet people at the Cosmeston car park at 09:30 or as near as poss depending on morning traffic. We will do a walk around¬†there and then probably go to the Penarth side of the barrage so look for the Black Redstart and anything¬†else that¬†might be around. I can’t promise¬†to be fully alert after the travel, plus I’ve had a persistent cough since¬†24th Dec which¬†has lasted all this holiday and has still not cleared up, but¬†we’ll see how it goes.

Field trip on Sun 5th Jan

The first¬†field trip of 2020 is the annual jaunt to Whiteford Point on Gower on 5th January. I will¬†be away so Alan Rosney has kindly agreed to lead this one. I am posting now before the Christmas¬†break as I will¬†be preparing for a long haul trip afterwards.¬†Due to the high tide time, the meet time will be 9 a.m. in the Cwm Ivy car park.Here’s a link to a map of its location:https://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=244155&Y=193559&A=Y&Z=120
In view of recent weather, wellies or sturdy waterproof boots are the order of the day [it’s a wettish walk in any case]. If you’ve not¬†been before be aware that it’s a longish walk out to the point [roughly 3 km each way]. Also be aware that on the walk back the last bit is a steep uphill stretch back to the car park. The main part out to Whiteford Point and back is level but uneven in places. Please contact Alan Rosney in case of any queries [alanrosney@gmail.com] and also to let him know if you are coming. Thanks, John Wilson.

More rarity acceptance news

The following records have now been accepted by the Glamorgan Rarities Committee.

  • 2cy Caspian Gull, Cardiff Bay, 16th Jan 2019
  • Yellow-Browed Warbler, KNNR, 8th October 2019 onwards
  • Siberian Chiffchaff, Oxwichm 17th November 2019
  • Citrine Wagtail, Llwyn-on Res., 27th April 2019
  • Wryneck – Ogmore-by-Sea, 25th Aug – 1st Sep 2019
  • Snow Bunting, Pink Bay – Porthcawl, 2nd – 4th November 2019
  • Siberian Chiffchaff, Cardiff Bay Barrage, 7th December 2019
  • Serin, Nash Pt, 24th November 2019 [2nd county record].

2018 Bird Report

At long last the 2018 East Glam Bird Report being collected by the printer from the binders’ in Bristol tomorrow afternoon. I hope to collect later tomorrow or poss he will deliver them to me. So … shd be able to get them to my local PO Thurs or Fri. Really sorry for the lateness.

Advanced info – first two events of 2020

The first event of 2020 is the more or less regular trip at this time of year, to Whiteford Point on Gower with a dusk stop at Llanridian marsh for roosting egrets and raptors. This will take place on Sunday 5th January. John Wilson will be away for this trip so keep a watch out on here or the GBC Facebook page or Twitter, for who will be leading, and the arrangements.

The second event is an indoor meeting comprising a review of the year 2019. Due to the closure of the Kenfig Reserve Centre, this meeting will take place at the Pencoed Miner’s Welfare Hall and will make a prompt start at 7:30 p.m. so please aim to be there at 7:15. This is because there is a finish time limit on the hall. It’s very close to J.35 of the M4. Here’s the details: Pencoed Miner’s Welfare Hall, 51-53 Heol-Y-Groes. CF35 5PE
M4 Junction 35
Take A473 North to Pencoed.
First left at the next roundabout, onto Felindre Road. Go past the Rugby Club and swimming pool on the left.
Turn right at the T junction onto Coychurch Road.
Turn right at the crossroads by the monument, just past a garage on the right.
The Miner’s Welfare Hall is on the left, access to the car park is just past the building. A map is below.

Accepted rarity reports

Here are some recent accepted rarity reports for 2019, published by the Glamorgan Rarities Committee, listed here with their permission.

  • Shore Lark, Newton Point, 10th Nov 2019
  • Snow Bunting, Knap, Barry, 11th Nov 2019
  • Red-backed Shrike, Nottage, Porthcawl, 15th Nov 2019
  • Richard’s Pipit, Nash Point, 13th Nov 2019
  • Glossy Ibis, Kenfig Pool, 28th Nov 2019
  • Ortolan Bunting, Caerlan Farm, Penrhiwfer, 26th Aug 2019
  • Long-tailed Skua, Port Eynon, Gower, 15th Oct 2019

Upcoming field trip

The last field trip of 2019 is to Ogmore Estuary and shoreline, on Weds 18th Dec. High tide is at 11 a.m,. so we will meet at 10 a.m. at the sloping grass car park by Portobello House/Island. If you can car share with someone please do, but I will not be going to the St Margaret’s Road meet point as it is in the opposite direction. I will be going from Penarth via Barry and the coast road. Perhaps folk can let me now if they are coming so I have an idea of numbers. John Wilson

2018 East Glam Bird Report

In case anyone’s wondering I contacted our printer on 28th Nov and was told that they had 3 days more of printing and collating, before sending the whole lot out to be bound. So I’m hopeful that it will be ready this week and that we can get them all stuffed in envelopes and posted before Christmas. John Wilson [Ed].