12 GBC members enjoyed a nice sunny day at sites along the south Gower coast – Oxwich, Port Eynon and Rhossili. Highlights included Red-throated Diver, 2 fly-by Great Northern Divers, and a distant raft of Common Scoter at Oxwich, Guillemots, Med Gulls, Rock Pipits, Curlew, Turnstone and fly-by Kittiwake at Port Eynon, and 6 Chough [2 near Rhossili car park and a group of 4 to the south of the Worm], 2 Kestrel, Buzzard and a brief fly-by Merlin, unfortunately only seen by a couple of us and a couple of Seals. We made it back to the cars just as the rain started to come in. Trip total yet to be compiled.
Sunday afternoon – about half a mile inland from the estuary – Pair of Peregrines tussling over the hillside. 7 female Goosanders apparently hunting in a pack. 2 pairs of Goldeneye also diving frequently.
Snow bunting reported this morning by nearest tee to green lifeguard hut at Pink Bay.
4 red kites circling over the house and surrounding fields today. Whilst red kite is a regular sighting, this is the first time I have seen 4 together in this location. Joined by a raven and several carrion crows.
In the garden today, 2 treecreeper (only had singles before), great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, blackbird, robin, dunnock, blue/great/coal tit, chaffinch, wood pigeon (7), collared dove, magpie, jay, grey wagtail (2), tawny owl calling this evening.
There were eleven Goosanders on the moat this afternoon three of which were drakes. Others; Tufted Duck 1Treecreeper 2 Mistle Thrush 3 and a ringed first winter LB/B Gull K=Z
11 species seen at Lisvane and Llanishen reservoirs this morning including the long-tailed duck. Full list here https://ebird.org/checklist/S61084645
On Port Road Barry to Cardiff, surprised to see a Red Kite low over the roundabout between Wenvoe and Cardiff.
There were four Dipers on the Taff this morning in what appeared to be a territorial despute. There was lots of singing and chasing.
Monday 28 Oct am. 7 fem Goosanders, 1 Green & 1 Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher
Following a small movement ssw of 1,100 on 22nd and 4,000 on 27th there was a large movement ssw over Canton and Leckwith this morning: c 62,000 birds passed over with the greatest numbers between 7.30am and 7.45 am when 20,700 were counted. Birds still passing over when counting ended at 9am.
A Peregrine cruised over the reserve this morning. A Heron in St. Mary’s Well Bay plus a few Oycs, and a Buzzard over Rowland’s Well field. Otherwise pretty wet & muddy!
Saw my first Redwings of this season this morning – c.10 were in trees bordering W paddock and the Mile Road at Cosmeston.
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.
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.
First Song Thrush for me for 3 months from Ogmore riverside footpath. 4 Lapwings and Heron seen from Watermill Pub. Tues 22nd Oct afternoon.
per David Rich – 2 Great White Egrets flew down river at about 2 p.m.
2 GWE flying down river at Portobello Sat pm. Only wader was a C. Sandpiper. Also Kingfisher.
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 Hobby has been active by the W lake conservation area and nearby St Marys Well Bay Road (1st field on left past the railway bridge) for the last 3 days or so – per Graham Smith and Wayne Strong.