No sign of any birds in the clear fell area from 2.30 - 1600 hrs
Sunday, 27 December 2015
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
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
Sunday, 22 November 2015
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
Thursday, 19 November 2015
Sunday, 15 November 2015
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
Monday, 2 November 2015
Sunday, 1 November 2015
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