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Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
The 2012 Cosmeston Kumlien's Gull (Larus glaucoides kumlieni) has also been accepted and is the first record for this N. American race in East Glamorgan, 2nd VC41 & 3rd Welsh Record. D. Rich
[The First was an adult at Blackpill which returned to the area during the period 1998-2000]
Monday, 28 October 2013
Sunday, 27 October 2013
1 Snow Bunting dropped into Port Talbot Harbour, late morning. The bird landed on grass next to the Long Arm - Please note this site is accessed by permit only (DMC, RJ, GR, PR)
No sign of yesterday's Bearded Reedling at Cosmeston CP in difficult conditions.
Saturday, 26 October 2013
1 - Morfa Sands
35 - Port Talbot Harbour
42 - Aberavon Beach
25 - Crymlyn Burrows
0 - Swansea Bay (Swansea Docks to Mumbles Head)
A decent total (103) given the conditions and I expect some smaller numbers were undetected today. The next 3 months should see greater numbers arrive, peaking in December or January.
A later search of the wider area found decent numbers of Mipits, Sky Larks and a Wheatear but no further sign of the Lapland Buntings
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Sunday, 20 October 2013
Anyway, following a night's kip on the verge of what is now the Amazon roundabout, this global rarity duly put in a brief but much appreciated appearance to a rather small assemblage of birders shortly after dawn, then disappeared into the distance and was not seen again as far as I'm aware. One unfortunate and subsequently desperate soul from our group disappeared for a few minutes to grab an ill-timed breakfast snack! Below is my notebook entry along with scanned prints of the photographs taken by Ian the day they found it.
|(c) I. Tew|
|(c) I. Tew|
Saturday, 19 October 2013
Friday, 18 October 2013
|Small flock of Great Crested Grebes|
Also Common Scoter ((10)(8)(2)) on the sea, Great Crested Grebe (42), Guillemot & Auk sp (30+) and Swallow (4 heading east)
The Great Crested Grebe numbers are starting to build in the bay. Swansea Bay qualifies as being Nationally Important to Great Crested Grebes and the numbers that occur between Port Talbot Docks and Swansea Docks make a significant contribution to the overall total. The timing of their arrival is thought to co-incide with seasonal influx of herring, sprats and other fish species that shoal and travel up the Bristol Channel from November through to January. Outside of this period in the winter months the Grebe numbers can be fairly low, sometimes surprisingly so. When the fish are present Great Crested Grebe numbers sail past the 1% threshold (190) and have occurred at more than twice that amount. This year I'm hoping to organise a count, using recorders positioned across the bay, which should help us understand the numbers involved more accurately. I have a feeling the there may be many more than has been previously estimated and documented, however, numbers do fluctuate seasonally. We wait and see..
Thursday, 17 October 2013
Wednesday, 16 October 2013
A Bittern was seen at Kenfig Pool, yesterday. The bird showed on several occasions over the course of several hours from the Southern Hide (KNNR)
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
There were 53 Guillemots spread out on the sea and feeding offshore from Aberavon Beach, on the falling tide today. This eclipses my previous high from this location, taken last year, with 41 on 14 November.
|Photo taken 12/10/13|
A hopeful visit to Brunel Dock on the incoming tide, this afternoon, found it not there either. Little Egret (1), Redshank (43), Dunlin (18) and Kingfisher (1) were.
Monday, 14 October 2013
Saturday, 12 October 2013
1 Yellow-browed Warbler was found mid-afternoon. At the top end of the valley near Longhole Cliff (SS 4544 8523) Also a Hobby briefly near Overton (O. Gabb)
2 Adult Whooper Swans were on Fendrod Lake, this morning at 08:10 (RHAT)
Drake Lesser Scaup again seen at Cardiff Bay Wetlands, late afternoon. (JDW)
Thursday, 10 October 2013
Tuesday, 8 October 2013
per comms GFT via JS
Long-billed Dowitcher still present at 11:40 snoozing at north west corner. Pool hidden by mist and drizzle at the moment so should stay until it clears or dusk. (MTH)
Saturday, 5 October 2013
Notable tallies from the walk: Wheatear (8), Blackcap (58), Whitethroat (7), Chiffchaff (37) & Goldcrest (1)
Friday, 4 October 2013
Wednesday, 2 October 2013
Looking at the lengths given for Dunlin in the Collins it shows 17cm to 21cm; an impressive range for such a small wader. I suspect this bird was even smaller still than 17cm.
Hopefully, one day, when I close the distance it won't be a Dunlin....
Common Scoter (4), Oystercatcher (570), (Ringed Plover (237), Sanderling (368), Dunlin (68), Bar-tailed Godwit (15), Curlew (12), Great Black-backed Gull (23) and an Auk sp