Kenfig NNR

It was our monthly public walk this morning. 13 folk braved the wind and rain and were rewarded by finding 39 (!) species.  Highlights – good views, in the bushes by the hide, of a Siberian Chiffchaff,  2 very close Goldcrest, a Treecreeper,  a moving flock of long-tailed tits,  then on the pool, a Goldeneye and 4 Shovelers.

Black-headed Gull,  Blackbird,  Blue Tit, Canada Goose,  Carrion Crow, Cetti’s Warbler, Chaffinch,  Chiffchaff (Siberian – tristis),Collared Dove, Coot , Dunnock, Gadwall, Goldcrest,  Goldeneye,  Goldfinch,  Great Black-backed Gull, Great Crested Grebe , Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit , Greenfinch (7), Herring Gull , House Sparrow,  Jackdaw,  Long-tailed Tit , Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen,  Mute Swan,  Robin, Shoveler,  Song Thrush,  Sparrowhawk,  Starling, Teal,  Treecreeper, Tufted Duck, Wigeon , Woodpigeon,  Wren.

Good to see some new folk, welcome!                                                                                                Many thanks to Strinda for leading.


Cosmeston 8th & 9th Feb

On 8th a Kingfisher flew along the far shore of W lake with a small fish in its bill. There were c20 Fieldfare feeding in W paddock together with just 6 Redwing and 2 Mistle Thrush.A fem Kestrel was haunting over W paddock and there were 80- Tufties on W lake. Didn’t count E lake.

On 9th during storm Ciara, 80+ Fieldfare feeding in W paddock and I counted 7 Pochard on E lake

Talygarn Lake

An early WeBS today, in view of the bad weather forecast!

Tufties here today, a first for for us at Talygarn.  Down to three swans, just one cygnet left

Blackbird , Blue Tit , Canada Goose ,Carrion Crow ,Coot, Chaffinch
Dunnock, Great Tit,  4 Little Grebe,  Magpie,   Mallard,  Moorhen ,  Mute Swan
Nuthatch , Robin,  Shoveler,  Starling, Teal , Tufted Duck,  Wren .

Plus, flowering, – Snowdrop, Violets(almost white) Dog’s Mercury, Lesser Celandine .


Good numbers on the Ogmore in the sunshine this afternoon, including a Black Swan.

Black Swan,  Black-headed Gull,  Blackbird,  Buzzard, Canada Goose , Carrion Crow
Chaffinch,  Collared Dove,  Cormorant,  Dunnock,  Goosander (4),  Herring Gull , Linnet
Little Grebe (2),  Magpie , Mallard,  Mute Swan,  Pied Wagtail , Redshank (6) , Shelduck
Teal (12) , Woodpigeon

Penarth Marina

c.4:15 p.m. the Black Redstart showed briefly on the roofs of the tall houses facing the Bay about 100m beyond the sign for Plas St. Andresse. These are the houses that on the marina side, face into the small square, where the bird has all been seen. On the river Ely embankment there, just 4 Turnstone, 2 Redshank, 1Pied Wag male and 1 Grey Wag. One of the Redshanks was colour ringed and is probably the same bird that Annie Irving tweeted about a while ago. I couldn’t see the rings clearly as it was wading with the rings under the water but one was yellow.

Llanelli WWT

13 folk went to Llanelli today where it was less grey and overcast than in Penarth at least. Highlights were a Greenland Whitefront out in the salt marsh, 4 Spoonbill, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, hundreds of Black-tailed Godwits a flock fo which contained about 20 Knot. Alan common wildfowl were logged and out in the estuary on the falling tide, scopes managed to pick out 1000’s of Oycs, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Curlew and Redshank. A total of 58 species were seen. List will be added to the trip lists in due course.