Wednesday, 7 December 2011


Please respect the wildlife at the Wharf.
I have seen at least 5 photographers with a lack of field craft skills and caused the Owls obvious distress,no point going into details.I would also add that there are some who take their hobby seriously and have used the minimum amount of disturbance.Being a regular at this area with a few others,we are well aware of the roosting areas and know where to avoid.I for one would encourage seeing these magnificent birds,but would ask people to use a little countryside sense.Tread lightly and close the gates.Also i don't mind showing people around, there have already been visitors who  have left Owless and some i have redirected and scoped the birds for them.The latter were on a collision course with the roost until yours truly decided to intervene.
Lets put the birds first.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Local Patch.

Indoor meeting

Don't forget the indoor meeting tonight - on a trip to Australia byJohn & Margaret Samuel - I've alreayd seen it and it's v good.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Seawatching from Bracelet Bay

Great Northern Diver in Bracelet Bay
Seawatching from the carpark 07:30 to 09:30

1adw Great Northern Diver flew into the bay around first light. It soon drifted out of view around the lighthouse and was quite mobile thereafter. Flying west and east past the bay before coming in very close. Later (11:00) while at Crymlyn Burrows a Great Northern Diver flew from the Mumbles direction and landed in the shipping channel leading to the Neath River was considered to be the same bird.

Otherwise not much of note although a steady stream of 300+ Auks flew out of Swansea Bay heading west. Mainly Razorbills (150+) and a few Guillemots (10). Also noted heading west Common Scoter (6), Gannet (7) and Kittiwake (100+)  

Monday, 28 November 2011

S e Owls:RGW,Cardiff-Sun 27.Nov 2011

Must remember to take a pruners with me next time to do a bit of gardening..............

I'm back!

Apologies to all who have tried to contact me over the past 2 weeks - I have been in Botswana. I did post warnings about the postponement of the Chew trip yesterday but not everyone checked the web site. It is now scheduled for 18th Dec.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

EGBR 2010

I hope everyone got theirs OK. I have had a text today from someone whose report arrived sans postage and they had to cough up £1.92 to claim it from the sorting office. Since my local PO did the postage labels they must have missed this one unfortunately. I hope this hasn't happened to anyone else. If it has, let me know and you'll be reimbursed.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Llanishen/Lisvane Reservoirs

Not as gripping as an Isabelline Wheatear I know but ....

Many of you will know that access to Lisvane [and Llanishen] reservoirs is being stopped this winter. This is to allow the surroundings and banks of the reservoirs to recover from the severe wear and tear they have suffered due to, in the main, the volume of pedestrian and canine traffic they have experienced in recent years. This has been agreed between Western Power and CCW and is to make sure the habitat of the rare waxcap fungii that were discovered at both reservoirs, have a period of time to recover. The presence of these is the reason why the sites have been designated as an SSSI. Lisvane Res is also an SSSI due to it's over-wintering wildfowl, and CCW were concerned that the sheer volume of people & dog traffic around the res [including some dog owners throwing sticks for their dogs to retrieve from the water] was disturbing the wintering wildfowl.. GBC, the East Glam recorder and the WeBS counter have negotiated agreement that the WeBS counts and monitoring of the over-wintering wildfowl at this important city site can continue by the relevant persons having limited access. Although dog owners are still doing so, we would therefore ask birders to refrain from accessing the reservoirs through holes in the fence in order not to jeopardise this important agreement. At present this is happening at Llanishen. We know this will be frustrating but it is important that the continuing official monitoring of the site should continue.
Regarding Llanishen the situation as regards complete closure or not is unclear i.e. as to whether it applies there as well as Lisvane. As has been pointed out on the Glam Birds sightings pages there is an official viewing platform at Lisvane.
Also in ref to the fact that a lot of dog walkers are still accessing Llanishen, whilst that is true they can cntinue to do that and run the risk of being banned. What we are trying to say is that if birders cintinue to do so willy nilly then it will not help our case. It is worth pointing out that as regards the bird recording aspects are concerned we are corresponding via Western Power's lawyers, so this is not trivial stuff.

John Wilson - pp GBC, GRC and BTO WeBS.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Isabelline Wheatear

A perfect example of this rare species showing the characteristic upright / pot bellied stance. Robust in stature with a deep black tip to the tail.
Larger than Northern Wheatear, long legs, somewhat bull-headed, creamy edged primaries.
Great find by Rob Taylor.

Isabelline Wheatear,Wernffrwd,Gower

Great find by Rob Taylor.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

EGBR 2010

.... is now in the post. Huge thanks to my friendly a helpful local PO chap who offered to print off and stick on all the postage labels, rather than us buy stamps and spend hours sticking on 400-600 as per last year.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011


Pretty quiet this morning - see my Cossie blog. Most interesting was an old twin prop US Army marked aircraft which flew over from the W [presumably Rhoose or St Athan]. Wasn't quick enough to get camera out, lens cap off and unlock zoom :-( It was a handsome craft. About 1/2 way in size betw Hurricane & Lancaster. US Army written under the L wing, stars on the wing ends. Tail comprised a wing with two small vertical tail fins at the distal ends & no central tail fin. No armaments visible. Any aeronuatical cognoscenti out there got any ideas?

Monday, 31 October 2011

Test with laptop and Pied Wheatear

Test pic - desk top seems Ok now for laptop

Little Egret 28 10 11

testing....... sorry just over the border !

EGBR 2010

Have just 'phoned the printer. They are in the process of stapling, then they have to cut & trim. Shd be ready Weds a.m.. It's getting a bit 11th hour as I am away Thurs - Sun and then back next week until Sat when we leave for Botswana. Hope to get them stuffed & posted b4 then.

Indoor meeting

Nice layout John.
Reminder that there is a GBC indoor meeting tomorrow evening (1st Nov) at Kenfig, starting at 7.45 p.m. Paul Bowden will be talking on Oman & Libya

Sunday, 30 October 2011


OK, to start us off I've taken the liberty of uploading Jeff's Hen Harrier pix from the old forum to here. Hope you don't mind Jeff. The welcome message and instructions are on the right. I'll abbreviate this once it has become established.