Monday, 28 January 2013

Maesteg Urban Birding

A damp and misty morning whilst walking my dogs on their regular 4 mile route around Maesteg produced, singing dippers at Ewenny Road, Ann's Enterprise's and Maesteg Welfare Park, the Welfare park bird being a first at this site for me, sighted 20mtrs downstream of the site of the new bridge, treecreeper and a pair of mistle thrush also at the park. 3 rooks at site of old Blaenllynfi but none at Garn Road. Highlight of the walk was a male sparrowhawk that swooped onto a bird table on Heol Ty Gwyn. I didn't see it make a kill.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Snow pics

                                    Mynydd bach
                                    I followed these wader tracks and flushed a Jack snipe.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Monday, 21 January 2013

Kenfig pool today. PP, CG.

                                      The pool in snow
                                     Black necked grebe with a Coot in the foreground. CG
                                    Common gull
                                    Redwing. 100+ on the fields along with good numbers of
                                    Fieldfare, one Golden plover, 4 Lapwing and small numbers
                                    of Skylark, Meadow pipit, Song thrush and Mistle thrush.
                                   This Peregrine took a Redwing in the fading light.
                                   Also seen were 21 Common snipe, 6 Shoveler,
                                   2 Wigeon, 12 Goldeneye and male Pintail.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Maesteg park.

                                Not many birds here. A Common snipe and a
                                Red kite were at Nantyffyllon.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Nantyffyllon today.

Snow bunting.

                                 Seen and photographed by Colin yesterday at Baglan dunes.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Blast from the past.

                            This Desert wheatear was present at Peterstone, Gwent
                            on 17th December 1996.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Ogmore today with Colin.

                                 Displaying Goldeneye on the river, where the
                                 Bonaparte's gull was also still present, and some
                                 Purple sandpiper shots from the seafront rocks.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Maesteg cemetery

                                     Green woodpecker.
                                     Also a few Redpoll, Goldcrest and Meadow pipit.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Ogmore estuary.

                                     Bonaparte's gull
                                    Black headed gulls, Redshanks and female Goosander.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Bitterns at Kenfig pool, January 2011.

                          A cold spell froze the pool and these birds gave great
                          views out in the open.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

sewage works llangynwyd

3 dipper on the river, looked liked 2 males fighting over a female bird or possibly territory, good numbers of goldcrest and long tailed tit along the river, 2 grey wagtail, and a chiffchaff along the fence line between the river and sewage works
Male dipper displaying to female



                               Emmelina monodactyla, this is the commonest Plume
                               moth and is on the wing year round.


2 peregrine's hunting above garth yesterday 14.30

Friday, 4 January 2013

More from new years day on Gower.

                          Worms head from  Llangennith dunes
                          Tidal birds from Salthouse point.
                           Llangennith moor.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Maesteg today,

A female Merlin flew low over the Crown pub towards South parade and a Winter moth was on an outside window at Tesco.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013


This Long finned pilot Whale was washed up on llangennith beach near burry holms
Salt house point best bird of the morning was a Great Northern Diver

 Llangennith Beach
Stonechat in dunes

Reed Bunting

Burry Holms

Tuesday, 1 January 2013


A circular walk around Garnwen this morning in glorious sunshine produced singing male crossbill  and siskin, lots of small birds feeding amongst conifers including usual tits, goldcrests, finches and fieldfare, solitary male sparrowhawk over.