Saturday, 28 December 2013

Out of the valley today with Colin, Paul and Martyn

 Shag
 Turnstone
 Brunnich's guillemot
 Black throated diver
 Purple sandpiper
 White billed diver
 Cirl bunting
Great northern diver

Friday, 27 December 2013

My house and sewage works llangynwyd

A walk down the sewage works this afternoon produced 1 female goosander on the river by the sewer outlet, also 4 mallard (3f+1m) and 1 heron, 2 dipper fighting on river. Along the fence line was 5 treecreeper, 9 goldcrest, 12 long tailed tit mixed with blue and great tits, 1 chiffchaff, 1 red kite and buzzard over. 1 water rail calling from boggy wood on left just before the river bridge and 2 moorhen calling from inside the works.

 Blue tit
 Dipper
Turkey Tail Fungi (trametes versicolor)
 Goldcrest
 Chiffchaff
 Lesser black backed gull on my roof with Herring gull below

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Nantyffyllon

                                 In nice light from my window yesterday.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Kenfig Rivermouth

A blustery morning down Kenfig Rivermouth and Morfa Beach



A couple of goldfinch
 Greater black backed gull
 Morfa Beach
 Common Gull
 Sea buckthorn
 View from boardwalk
 Moorhen at parc slip
Kenfig dunes and beach
Fungi in garden growing on a rotted alder stump any idea's Paul?

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Parc slip

                                On my 5th attempt, the Bittern!
                                 New wader scrapes being made.

Friday, 20 December 2013

Llangynwyd sewage works.

Wednesday - 3 Chiffchaff along the river/fenceline. Good numbers of Goldcrest, Long tailed tit and Blue tit. A mistle thrush was mobbing a roosting Tawny owl on the opposite bank.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

In England today with CG+PT.

                                 Desert wheatear at severn beach
                                  Desert wheatear at severn beach
                                 Hawfinch, forest of dean
                                 Mandarins, forest of dean.

Friday, 13 December 2013


First post on the Blog, hope I've done it right. One from last Wed at Kenfig NNR, three individual birds sighted  ...

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Desert Wheatear at Severnbeach

 I was meant to be getting some Xmas shopping done today, instead decided to dash down the M4 to catch up with the Desert Wheatear that was found yesterday afternoon at Severnbeach. 
I haven't been to Severnbeach before, but thanks to my Sat Nav I got there without any hassle. Having found a parking spot all I had to do was walk a short way along the coastal path and there it was. It showed very well and didn't seem too bothered by the array of scopes and cameras that were following its every move.

                                             


                             


Monday 9th December also saw me heading out of the valley. This time it was down to Forest Ganol to try and catch up with the Hawfinches that PT and PP saw on Sunday. After an hour or so walking around I eventually caught site of a few briefly through the branches. My patience was then rewarded further with good views of atleast nine birds. 

                                        

Llynfi river celtic park

1 male gooseander swimming in pool on river between park view and rugby pitch per keith squires

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Forest ganol and Forest Farm

Today myself and Paul Parsons went for the hawfinch down forest ganol, and straight away came across 2 birds approx 100 yards into the woods along the footpath, a few small flocks of birds were flying over before we came across a flock of 7 or so birds below the footpath past the white house in the woods, its worth listening out for the calls a quiet seeping noise they were making giving their location away, thanks to Paul for his super hearing as i'm deaf as hell. Forest farm held 2 kingfisher's 1 sparrowhawk, moorhen, 4 snipe siskin, goldfinch, and goldcrest.
 snipe
 siskin
 robin
 carrion crow
 kingfisher

Hawfinch

Monday, 2 December 2013

Parc Slip

My son and I went to Parc Slip on Sunday (1st) for his first Birding trip. The usual Tits, Finches and a Nuthatch were on the feeders near the centre. We also had Teal and a Moorhen from the hide overlooking the northern Wetlands.

The undoubted highlight of the afternoon was this Bittern that gave us great views from the wader scrape hide. I then had to explain that he shouldn't expect this on every birding trip!

                            

On route to Parc Slip we also saw 54 Lapwing and c150 Starling in a field at Mynydd Ty Talwyn.
                            
                             
                           



Sunday, 1 December 2013

Sewage works llangynwyd

Small flocks of redwing over woods, many goldcrests amongst the usual tit flocks, 2 CROSSBILL calling over the road leading towards the works, birds were flying towards the school, 1 juv cormorant making a noise flapping about fishing in the deep pools, 1 heron, 3 dipper on river (1 singing), grey and pied wagtails, 5 siskin feeding in the alders.

 siskin
 cormorant

 goldcrest
 treecreeper
 wren
dipper