Wednesday, 27 February 2013


A female Hen Harrier circled around me before drifting north at Maesteg cemetery at 9AM this morning. There was a flock of 28 Lesser Redpoll at Cwrtymynws and 22 Rook were on the new school fields. Song thrush, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldcrest and Collared doves were in song in the cemetery also.

Sunday, 24 February 2013


A walk around the cwmdu area through cwmducanol farm down to the footbridge and back up through ffos farm, breeding season is nearly upon us with singing coal and great tits, chaffinch, greenfinch and mistle thrush also singing, other birds in the area were 7 redwing (5+1+1) buzzard 1, reed bunting 1, stonechat 1(m), green woodpecker 1, great spotted woodpecker 1, goshawk 1, small flock of chaffinch at ffos farm with a 2 pairs of goldfinch flying around the fields and 2 long tailed tits in hedge
 Pond at cwmducanol farm
 New footbridge over river at the back of ffos farm
 Coal Tit
 Blue Tit checking out possible nest hole

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Hello all, this isn't a sighting but I thought some of you may be interested. I have just (yesterday) put a new pond in my front garden it measures 3m x 2m and is approx. 45cms at its deepest. It has been installed primarily to attract more wildlife to my garden so will only be planted with native species except for a Nymphaea species as our native will be too big. It's really just an excuse for me to do pond dipping in my own garden. Anyway this is how it looks at the moment. The liner will have its final trim today.

I will post updates as it gets colonised.

Sunday, 17 February 2013


 A record shot of single hawfinch seen by myself and Anthony williams
next to road leading up to llangynwyd grid ref SS 84651 87676 the bird
flew down into the small line of trees next to farm house.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

mexico trip report update

Full trip report of recent trip to Mexico is now complete you can click on link in pages bar on the right to see more photo's of the birds and wildlife that i witnessed during my stay

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Llangynwyd churchyard Yews.

                                    This one is 192 inches around the trunk at 1 metre height.
                                    192 inches = 16 foot = around 600 years old.
                                  This one is 224 inches = 18 foot 8 inches = around 750 years old.
                                  Ages calculated from data on the Ancient Yew Group website.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Llangynwyd sewage works

                                     Long tailed tit
                                    Elf cup fungi.
                                    30 Redwing and 20 Meadow pipit were in the fields,
                                    80 Pied wagtail and 70 Carrion crow were on the
                                    sewage beds and Dippers were displaying on the river.
                                    A female Sparrowhawk flew through and Goldcrests
                                    treecreepers were singing.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Llangynwyd churchyard

                                      The Yew by Will Hopkins grave.
                                     Map lichen
                                    Map lichen.

Monday, 4 February 2013


                                   Jelly ear fungus.
                                   A few birds singing in the sunshine this morning too.