Talygarn Lake

Late WeBS on Wed 16th Oct.   The highlights were -7 returned Little Grebe, a Kingfisher and 5 Redwing

Mute Swan, Gadwall , Mallard , Teal, Little Grebe, Moorhen , Coot , Woodpigeon Kingfisher, Magpie , Carrion Crow, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit , Wren, Nuthatch Blackbird , Redwing, Robin , Chaffinch.

Goldcliff and Newport Wetlands

Amazing turnout for our mid week trip to Goldcliff and Newport Wetlands today – 29 participants!!! Must have been the weather. Full species list yet to be ratified but is a little over 50 I think. Nothing outstanding as water levels in the lagoons at Goldcliff were too high for waders apart for a small group of resting Lapwing and some Curlew. 10 Grey Plover were on the beach with a few Dunlin, and there was a large if distant wader flock offshore at Newport Wetlands which contained Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin and a few Knot. Thanks to all who attended. Substantive list will go on the web site soon.


Another abortive attempt to find the Hobby late afternoon so no joy, although it was apparently seen briefly this morning. On W lake a drake Pochard and a drake Shoveler, and amazingly two pairs of adult Gt Crested Grebes displaying, and three Little Grebes [distant but looked like 2 ads and an imm]. Edit… Forgot i had a fly- through Stock Dove uncommon for the site.


2 Ad Green Woodpeckers in W paddock and a Kingfisher W lake were the best of the bunch in a quick walk this morning. No sign of the Hobby seen recently by Graham Smith and Wayne Strong, but it wasn’t a concerted effort to look for it tbh. Only raptors were a Sparrowhawk over near the golf course and a very dark Buzzard drifting over. ….. also male Stonechat in W lake reeds. Hobby was seen again today by Graham.


A little activity this morning. The W paddock hedge produced 4 fem and 1 male Blackcap, 4 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Reed Bunting, and a Goldcrest and a Coal Tit, both unusual species for that stretch of hedge. There was a light passage of Swallows overhead and over W lake I had a House Martin in with some Swallows. The usual suspects on the water. The recent pair of Pochard seem to have departed.

Cosmeston a.m.

A pair of Pochard were on W lake with 5 Tufties. 4 House Martins were over W lake although I subsequently learned that there were another 15 over E lake. 2 adult Green Woodpeckers in W paddock. Approx 130 Canada Geese on E lake. Then the horizontal drizzle/rain set in ….


Uncannily calm at Cosmeston this morning [compared to the howling gales a group of Glamorgan Bird Club members were subjected to at Portland Bill the last couple of days!]. A Green Woodpecker posed nicely on one of the ‘snipe paddock’ posts albeit in poor light, and a juv Moorhen posed similarly on lily leaves at the dipping pond. There were about 50 Goldfinch feeding around W paddock.