Friday, 30 November 2012

Waxwings Forge Road

08:00 3 Waxwings on Forge Road Maesteg this Am, flew from Hawthorn to top of Poplars adjacent to GE Carpentry. Viewed while having morning coffee at home. Have record shots, very distant with extremely poor light.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Maesteg Cemetery

No sign of earlier waxwings from 13.30 - 15.00 hrs unfortunately, but had a female blackcap  appear from the yew tree

Maesteg cemetery.

                                    More Waxwing shots...
                                    ... found by Colin this morning.
                                       Red pwp.
                                     This Mistle thrush was desperately trying to defend
                                     it's berry tree from the Waxwings and other thrushes.

Waxwings, Maesteg Cemetery

4 waxwings were at Maesteg cemetery this morning, thanks for the heads up guys.


                                     Rustgill fungus

                                    Looking up to the darren valley

Monday, 26 November 2012

Nantyffyllon today.

A Red kite flew over Mynydd bach, a male Goosander flew up the valley, a Cormorant flew up, then down the valley and 22 Redpoll were feeding on Alders.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

my garden

just a couple of shots of a brambling that was coming to the feeders this morning,

Thursday, 22 November 2012


A search of the Maesteg and Bridgend area for waxwings ended in defeat so i decided to travel down to Cardiff to see if i could get a glimpse of the waxwings reported there, i had to wait about 1hr 45min before they appeared,7 birds at first then 8 in total, they were very flighty, staying for a couple of seconds and then they would disappear for half an hour before returning again, they were feeding on 2 large hawthorn outside 16 ty-mawr rd rummney Cardiff.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012


I keep forgetting about this blog so apologies for late news from yesterday morning.

A small flock 7/8 waxwings flew past my house around 09:35ish, they were above the main road but below the Forge road so almost eye level, very fast close flock, almost starlingesque in flight with hints of jay in the colouring, unmistakeably waxwings. : -)

Sunday, 18 November 2012


Reports of waxwing in cardiff i decided to drive down to bridgend to check out some trees i've been keeping an eye on near brickability in bridgend industrial site, no sign yet but photographed this female blackbird with a silver ring on it's left leg but i can't quite make the numbers out.
As you can see plenty of berries there at the moment, just hope some waxwings show before the thrushes eat them all
Wood Pigeon

cwmdu - mynydd bach

Quiet on this frosty morning, a few fieldfare over with a couple of redwing, cemetery fields (hurling) just the 1 reed bunting, 1 jay and a couple of magpie's. Cwmdu - redpoll, siskin & goldfinch feeding in the alders at the back of cwmdu also present was 2 bullfinch and 3 dunnock. Mynydd bach - 2 sparrowhawk hunting along the summit edge also 1 male kestrel, highlight of the morning was a WOODCOCK, that flew out of the grass below the ruin.

 A view of the Darren Valley from new track behind cwmdu

Friday, 16 November 2012

kenfig saltmarsh area

a pleasant if somewhat dreary early morning walk from the orion factory to kenfig saltmarsh, highlights were a single firecrest and flyover brambling near the bottom end of the railway sidings along the new coast path, a male blackcap and a chiffchaff in amongst the tit flocks, 16 greenfinches in the reedbed at the saltmarsh with a few linnets and stonechat

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Kenfig pool sunset.

                                 Of note, 42 Magpie flew to roost in the west pool bushes.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Help protect ash trees from killer disease

Ash trees make an important contribution to biodiversity and wildlife habitat and this includes use by bats for roosting where suitable opportunities arise. The recent confirmation of dieback in ash trees (Fraxinus excelsior) has implications for bats and UK biodiversity from the loss of trees to the disease and potentially from the measures put in place to limit the disease spread. BCT is working with the Forestry Commission to assess the situation as is it develops and put protocols and procedures in place that ensure that whilst carrying out the vital work to control the spread of the disease, that bats are protected.
The disease caused by the fungus Chalara fraxinea causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees, and it can lead to tree death. It is a significant threat to one of our widespread native trees. Ash is the third most common broadleaf native tree species in Great Britain after oak and birch and is the predominant tree species in approximately 129,000 hectares of woodland in Britain. The fungus has caused widespread damage to ash tree populations in continental Europe and has the potential to kill millions of ash trees if it becomes widely established in Great Britain. The spread of this disease would pose a serious threat to associated biodiversity, including bats, and measures to prevent its spread are imperative. However, the potential for large-scale destruction of mature ash trees has raised concerns about the impact on roosting bats.
The current situation
The reported 50,000 trees already destroyed were all young transplants and nursery stock that were known or likely to be infected with C. fraxinea. Bats roost in mature ash trees and to date no mature trees were included in the destruction measures.
Immediate work is focussing on identifying the locations where this disease is present. Currently this is largely restricted to Norfolk and Suffolk.
What happens next?
  • If the disease is found a containment notice will be issued to prevent plant material being moved off site.
  • Whether further containment action is required, such as tree felling, will be determined once the extent of disease after the initial survey work has been determined. The fungus does not produce spores at this time of year so immediate action is not required.
  • If it is decided that some felling action is required then a destruction notice will be placed on the site.
In the interim time the Forestry Commission and BCT will work closely together to produces a protocol that will i) Control the spread of the disease and (ii) Protect bats.
You can find out more about Ash dieback and the latest news from the Forestry Commission here
We will keep the BCT website updated with further developments


Sunday, 4 November 2012

mynydd margam

Surprised to see it so quiet around the mountain tops, small flocks of starling, 3 buzzard, 4 raven, couple of chaffinch, goldcrest, no pigeon movement at all, 1 bullfinch over, 1 redpoll, 1 skylark and a couple of meadow pipits also 3 stonechat (1 male below and 2 female).
 male stonechat


                                    Chiffchaff. This odd looking bird was first seen on
                                    19th october and was in the same tree this morning.
                                    Pale underparts and legs, yellow vent and a very
                                    prominent supercillium, especially in front of the eye.
                                    Just a couple of Goldcrest around, a Great spotted
                                    woodpecker and one Common snipe.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Ewenny road garth

5 gooseander flying around river @ LBS builders yard in ewenny rd this am