Monday, 28 December 2015

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Great grey shrike and short eared owls

The great grey shrike was still present at Afan Argoed yesterday and today at the clear fell area at top of llangywyd (bodvic stone area) a short eared owl was found by scott squires and then later i discovered a second bird hunting there a brilliant find by scott first sightings of these birds since 1936

Monday, 21 December 2015

Gower day out with PT+SS.

           Whiteford pines
          Looking to whiteford point
          The saltmarsh
           Berges island hide
          A passing shower
         High tide
        Whiteford dunes
        Paul and Scott
       Cormorants on Whiteford lighthouse
       Hen harrier at dusk.
       72 species of bird in all with Merlin, Hen harrier, Peregrine, Short eared owl, Water rail,
       Great white egret, Chiffchaff, Brent goose and Great northern diver the highlights.

Monday, 30 November 2015

Porthcawl seawatch this morning.

    Passing birds were Fulmar, Kittiwake, Common scoter, Sanderling, Golden plover,
    Razorbill, Guilemot, Red throated diver, Great northern diver and one distant Skua sp.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Great grey shrike Afan argoed (saturday) and Mynydd margam (sunday)

After Colin gittens reported a Great grey shrike at afan argoed area a couple of days ago i decided to see if i could relocate it after it flew across to the other side of the valley, hoping it would return to the same area. After a long search i almost gave up when the bird suddenly re-appeared above the forestry track the bird was very mobile and flying around from tree top to tree top covering the whole clear fell area before it disappeared again. So i decided to head home only to come across the bird again on the track just behind Bryn.

afan argoed/bryn bird

Today myself and Scott squires went for a stroll over to the beech woods at cwm cynffig hoping to get a brambling, but the lack of beech mast left on the trees points towards a potential poor year for brambling in this wood but the number of crossbill seem to be up compared to last years numbers approx 30 birds feeding and also looked like they were carrying nesting material? early maybe not sure. We decided to walk up to the bodvoc stone clear fell area to look for snipe and possible jack snipe but was changed as soon as we came across another Great grey shrike now this is the question could this be the same bird that i had seen the previous day in bryn? Or is this another bird? after receiving a text from Mark hipkin that the shrike at Afan argoed/bryn had not been found today by numerous birders suggests that this could well be the same bird.

mynydd margam bird

female crossbill

male crossbill

golden plover

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Porthcawl seawatch this morning.

All birds downchannel - several Gannet, Fulmar, Razorbill and Guillemot. Common Scoter,
Sanderling, Dunlin, Golden Plover in various sized flocks. Single Great crested grebe and Bonxie.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Forest fawr cardiff today

 A couple of flyover Hawfinch today was all i could find in the large wood probably due to the lack of beech mast this year so spent a few hours looking at fungus and came across an orange ladybird.

Orange ladybird Halyzia sedecimguttata

Purple Jellydisc - Ascocoryne sarcoides or Ascocoryne cylichnium need microscope to separate the two
Possible King Alfred's Cakes - Daldinia concentrica
Peeling oysterling Crepidotus mollis?

Dead mans fingers Xylaria polymorpha

Candlesnuff Xylaria hypoxylon

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Afon Argoed

                                         Great grey shrike 12 november 2015 with Paul Parsons

Mynydd ty talwyn (top llangynwyd)

4 red kites sitting out the rain just below the motor cycle track 

Monday, 2 November 2015

A misty morning on Mynydd ty Talwyn.

                                 Several Redwings and Fieldfares  and 3 Brown hare.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Maesteg cemetery

A few redwing and fieldfare flying about this AM lots of hoverfly activity on ivy blossom in the cemetery with 8 species still on the wing including Sericomyia silentis, Scaeva pyrastri, Eristalis pertinax, Eristalis tenax, Syrphus species, Melanostoma scalare, Platycheirus albimanus and Episyrphus balteatus. A male goshawk was making a menace of himself by constantly chasing a crow  along mynydd pwlch summit also red admiral and comma butterflies were on the ivy along with lots of noon flies