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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Sunday, 13 August 2017

CBWR Y-br Wblr apparently photographed today.

I picked up a direct message to GBC on their FB page that a Yell-br Warbler was seen and photographed at CBWR today in trees by the car park. I have replied and asked for the photo and the poster of the message is trying to get it sent to me.
The message was as follows:
A Yellow Browed Warbler was spotted today 13-8-2017 at the Cardiff Bay wetlands in the trees right next to the car park in the row of trees by Tom and Robert.. we have a photo of it if you would like us to post it.

OK these are the best of what I have rec'd. They are back of camera images and I had to take Mac screen shots as what I received were not image files as such.
Defo not YBW IMO. The clearest one shows bird with pale legs and my first thought was Willow Wblr but it looks a little odd to me - quite dusky underneath. There's no hint of a wing bar so not YBW. Could it be something like Radde's or Dusky - I'm guessing here. The third one was just a silhouette and I have lightened it as much as poss.

Little Stint : Sully Island

A couple of 'record' shots of the Little Stint found by Matt Meehan from a visit late on Saturday afternoon, great find.............

Ad Bonaparte's Gull R. Taff Cardiff

As per Twitter but just in case it slipped by, per David Beveridge, and ad Bonaparte's Gull was seen yesterday on the R. Taff in Bute Park, from the coffee house by the bridge.

Cattle Egret - Ogmore Estuary

An anticipated, but still very welcome, addition to the avifauna of Ogmore Estuary this morning, in the form of a Cattle Egret. It was initially around horses upstream of the castle, but was also noted at the Watermill and Ploran Mawr, having been flushed several times by people tending the animals.
I wonder how long this species will remain a 'rarity' in our area?