A few photos from a stroll along the Sully foreshore on 8th Sep. Highlights were a couple of lingering Wheatear, and amazingly around 20 Greenfinch near the dirt parking area. Also the usual Turnstones [c.20] , 4 Rock Pipits, around 20 Swallows low over the playing field, prompting me to try some flight shots [not v successfully!]. 1 Rock Pip was quite pale and had me going [putative Water Pip, but I don’t think it was]. The Heron was at Cosmeston.


Had a walk round this morning with 2 new GBC members from Penarth. Highlights were a Red Kite high up just SW of Cosmeston being mobbed by 2 Crows. So distant I thought Harrier at first due to the long wings, but eventually got the forked tail. It drifted off in the general direction of Dinas Powis. Good views of Green Woodpecker near the dragonfly pond and a couple of Greenfinch and Song Thrush and a few Goldfinch there. A Stonechat was by the dipping pond and a Buzzard was sitting in a dead tree there too. A few Swallows and House Martins passed overhead.

Lavernock coast path

Paid my first visit here for quite a while having seen a Tweet that Graham Smith had found a Yellow-browed Warbler. Got on to it eventually as it was calling a lot. Very difficult to get a clear view of such an active bird in fairly dense canopy cover. Eventually showed pretty well, even allowing me to get a couple of shots off. There were several Chiffchaffs present too, allowing for comparison of the differing calls. YBW much higher pitched and ‘cleaner’ than Chiffie. Similar in some ways to Coal Tit, a fair flock of which moved through. A Kestrel with a damaged, loose primary was hovering over the coastal field, and eventually perched, and a Sparrowhawk had an aerial set-to with a Magpie. Big flock of Linnet present also. Location of the YBW was at ST 186689 where the farm track from opposite Cosmeston meets the coastal path.

Cosmeston 1st – 3rd Oct

On 1st there was a pair of Stonechat by the snipe paddock, plus a Wren, 20 Goldfinch and a Green Woodpecker flew over W lake. In heavy rain on 2nd there were c.30 Swallows feeding low over the lakes, with about 6 House Martins with them. Today, 3rd, there was a flock of 100+ Goldfinch beyond the snipe paddock, a few Swallows over the lakes, and I heard 2 Cetti’s Warblers, 1 by Sully Brook near the Medieval Village and the other near the dipping pond. Below, some somewhat abstract pix of the Goldfinches today.


1pm.Whilst watching and listening to Willow Warblers, Chiff Chaffs, Coal/Blue and Great Tits working their way along the Ivy and Hawthorn hedge along the railway, I became aware of a different, higher-pitched call -and there it was – a Spotted Flycatcher- which proceeded to preen itself and occasionally do a bit of fly catching before, I presume, flying South. Also 5 Swallows flying south. House Martins last seen 29th September. The Nuthatch, which has been vociferous for about a month, has either gone silent or, just gone.


Had a short, curtailed break in Oxwich Monday/Tuesday this week. Monday evening a Tawny Owl was calling from woods to the North of the beach. Over breakfast in the morning gloom on Tuesday I had the pleasure of watching two species of Woodpecker from our holiday chalet at the same time. I was watching a GreenW/P in a cherry tree not very far away when I noticed a “Great Tit” on a feeder beyond.However when it turned I saw it had a long beak and the face markings of a Spotted W/P. Before I could do any better it flew off low over the lawn. I realise the chances are it was a Great W/P but could it have been a Lesser?

Kenfig NNR

Thanks for posting the report and list Jean. As a follow up just thought I’d add on the pix I took. Three of the rapidly vanishing Marsh Harrier, the close hovering Kestrel, and the nice posing Common Gull which allowed for pointing out the salient features, and the fact that it’s quite a scarce bird for the location [on the posts near the Pool beach].

Kenfig NNR

Our first ‘Lockdown’, socially distanced, Kenfig Saturday walk was very successful. Eight folk came along, we went down to the pool, (not in the hide, too many folk) then across the dunes to the coast, where the view across the beach was stunning in the sunshine. 25 Gannet were seen over to the west of the Mumbles, by a couple of folk with telescopes. Everyone managed to see a Porpoise, there were at least three.

Highlights include – a fairly close Marsh Harrier, two Sparrowhawks, good views of a Kestrel, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, and a Snipe.

Full List- h – heard

Black-headed Gull , Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Buzzard , Carrion Crow, Chiffchaff, Collared Dove, Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant Curlew, Dunnock, Feral Pigeon, Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit ,h , Greenfinch, Grey Heron , Gannet, Herring Gull , Jackdaw, Kestrel Lesser Black-backed Gull, Linnet, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Meadow Pipit , Mute Swan , Oystercatcher, Robin Skylark, Snipe, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Stonechat , Swallow, Willow Warbler, h, Woodpigeon , Wren, h,Water Rail, h, Pied Wagtail, h, Tree Creeper, h,

A total of 45!

Many thanks to all who came, and especially to Dave Carrington for leading


At the plantation above Sully Brook, Cosmeston this morning, the Stonechat family are still around and there were several Meadow Pipits. A male Blackcap was in the island of scrub there. Also Greenfinch and 8 Linnet. Greenfinch seem to be more frequent these days and have made a bit of a recovery.

Excellent news from near Ogmore – a migrating juv Honey-buzzard was seen and photographed at Pant Norton by Gary Light.


Yesterday’s location was being mowed by a tractor mower this morning, up & down between the saplings. I only managed to see three Stonechat but Phil Bristow did manage to find the Whinchat and a Redstart about an hour later. He also had a Harris Hawk fly by over E lake whilst having a coffee! There was pretty constant hirundine passage going on and in W paddock I had Green Woodpecker and 3 Common Whitethroat in the adjacent snipe paddock.


At Cosmeston around the sapling plantation at ST169690 (far side of Sully Brook just outside Cogan Wood). 1 Redstart, 1 v brief Whinchat, m&f Blackcap, 2 Stonechat, Goldfinch, Linnet, Greenfinch and 1 Reed Bunt. Halfway back towards medieval village on same side of the brook, a Cettis Warbler was shouting at me inside social distance but refused to show. In the Snipe Paddock there were 2 Song Thrushes, around 6 Blackbird, Goldfinch Linnet and several Greenfinches.