Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Mynydd bach, south slope.

                                           One Wheatear pair and two singing male Whinchat.
                                           Dissapointingly, no Cuckoo or Yellowhammer.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Darren Woods

2 wood warblers singing this morning, also present; blackcap, garden warbler, willow warbler and chiff chaff.

Sunday, 28 April 2013


A Hobby was bothering the Swallows at Cwrtymynws farm before drifting up the valley and my first Garden warbler of the year was singing just below the farmhouse.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Kenfig pool today

                                      White wagtail
                                      Sedge warbler
                                     Lesser whitethroat
                                     Adela cuprella.
                                     Also a pair of Yellow wagtail and 20 Swift.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Pond Update

Just a quickie to say that a pond skater has become the first visible inhabitant in my recently installed pond, I have named it Paul...Lol

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

kenfig today

a visit to kenfig on a damp and drizzly morning, best of the birds were 2 lesser whitethroats, 2 common sands, a single whimbrel, plenty of whitethroats, blackcaps, reed and cetti's singing, a few swallows and martins over the pool were suddenly joined by 50 + more which flew in out of the mist.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013


                                     Early thorn
                                     Feral doves
                                     Feral doves nesting in, the round window!

Sunday, 21 April 2013


Whilst out walking up pwll yr lwrch today tony and myself came across two cuckoo's chasing each other before 1 disappeared towards nanty, the other bird came back and landed on a lamppost enabling me to get a couple of record shots, but when the bird flew past us, we noticed a transmitter looking object sticking up from it's rump, i've emailed the bto for more information and have asked them if they think it is a transmitter. As soon as i get more info i will post an update. Also yellow hammer carrying nesting material, song thrush on nest, willow warbler and blackcap in song
 Cuckoo with what looks like a transmitter sticking out of rump area

 This is the first cuckoo before being chased off
 Yellow Hammer

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Out and about



 Colt's foot
Singing willow warbler
Also 2 snipe 1 male redstart and 4 field fare brimstone and peacock butterflies

house martin

House martin over celtic yesterday morning

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Kenfig pool today

                                    A flock of 21 Whimbrel feeding on the east shore
                                    flew off towards Sker.
                                    Common sandpiper
                                   Shoveler pair
                                    Reed warblers were in song, as were Sedge warbler,
                                    Blackcap, Whitethroat and Willow warbler. House
                                    martin, Sand martin and Swallow over the pool.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013


                                   Plenty of Wood anenome in flower, also Lesser
                                   celandine and Marsh marigold.
                                   Willow warbler.
                                   Mating Toads.

male redstart

I had a phone call this morning off Keith Squires to say that he had a male redstart in his garden in mill view amongst the house sparrows a very nice garden tick for him, also sand martin's over river in garth.


a windy morning walk around the top end of the valley, pick of the birds were, 2 tree pipits, one sand martin, only one willow warbler, plenty of chiffy's, great spotted and green woodpeckers, still one male blackcap in my garden this morning

Monday, 15 April 2013


                                      Mewslade valley
                                      We smelled this wild garlic before we saw it.
                                     Wild garlic or Ramson.
                                    Portland spurge.
                                    Martyn and I saw the Hoopoe briefly before it flew up
                                    and over the main road. 3 Wheatears and a steady
                                    stream of Swallows passed through.

garden tick

it all started so well with blackcap being a garden tick 4 males in all, then it all fell apart with a frustrating and unsuccessful hunt for the hoopoe at middleton  both sid and martyn saw the bird and even my wife gripping me off with 4 males and 2 female blackcaps in the garden,

Sunday, 14 April 2013


Lots of swallow flying low through the valley and 2 small flocks of martins high up. Too high to tell if they were house or sand martins against the grey clouds also first willow warbler singing and 3 chiffchaff, 1 female blackbird nest building
willow warbler singing

Friday, 12 April 2013

Spring has Sprung

Had a swallow fly past the house at approx. 09:10 today heading south!!

A walk from the sewage works to the Gadlys stream produced; 6/7swallows, 2 chiffies, dipper, grey wagtail, moorhen, treecreeper and some fine examples of otter spraint, also otter track seen.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Nantyffyllon today.

                                   Mistle thrush
                                   Water rail.
                                   A few Chiffchaff noted but no Willow warblers yet.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013


My first swallow of the year flew over bridgend college towards the new asda's also 3 chiffchaff singing

Monday, 8 April 2013

Nantyffyllon today.

                                     2 Chiffchaff were at the river
                                     A Linnet and flyover Tree pipit also recorded.
                                     Brown rat nest building.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

margam moors and kenfig saltmarsh

Very quiet today cold easterly winds are still spoiling what should be a busy time of the year, 4 chiffchaff ( 2 singing ), 1 wheatear on the moors with 7 snipe there, reed buntings, m pipits, buzzard and skylark. The beach was very quiet also with a couple of oyster catchers and lesser black back gulls, a couple of black headed gulls with full hoods over. The salt marsh had 2 heron, 1 merlin, 2 lapwing, buzzard 30+ snipe with 3 jacks, gave up counting them in the end, 1 teal (m), 1 field fare over and a couple of great spotted woodpeckers