Birding 2019

My aim is to see at least 200 different species in Britain in 2019. Fingers crossed!

1 January, from Penarth, around Cardiff Bay & back to Penarth (off to a great start)

1. Lesser black-backed gull

1 Lesser black-backed gull Starling
2. Starling
My first two birds for the year in one photo.
3. Feral pigeon
4. House sparrow
5. Woodpigeon
6. Jackdaw
7. Magpie
8. Blackbird
9. Carrion crow
10. Great tit
11. Blue tit
12. Dunnock
13. Pied wagtail
14. Robin
15. Mistle thrush
16. Goldfinch

17 black-headed gull
17. Black-headed gull
Black-headed gulls at their ablutions.
18. Coot
19. Mallard

20 goosander
20. Goosander
This is a male Goosander but I saw both male and female around the Bay today.

21. Great crested grebe
Surprisingly, this pair of Great crested grebes were displaying, which is usually part of their springtime pre-mating behaviour.

22 little grebe
22. Little grebe
It was a good day for grebes at the Bay. This Little grebe was in the pond at the wetlands but there were several others, in the Rivers Ely and Taff and in the larger wetlands area.
23. Cormorant

24 moorhen
24. Moorhen
25. Herring gull
26. Grey wagtail

27 turnstone
27. Turnstone

28 redshank
28. Redshank
29. Raven
30. Rock pipit
31. Common gull
32. Grey heron

33 Black-necked grebe
33. Black-necked grebe
34. Tufted duck
35. Song thrush
36. Wren
37. Mute swan

38 linnet
38. Linnet
39. Long-tailed tit
40. Stonechat
41. Cetti’s warbler
42. Greenfinch
43. Reed bunting

44 chaffinch
44. Chaffinch
45. Kingfisher
46. Mediterranean gull
47. Meadow pipit

2 January, Penarth and Cosmeston Lakes Country Park

48 collared dove

48. Collared dove

49 goldcrest
49. Goldcrest
50. Canada goose

51 Coal tit
51. Coal tit
52. Nuthatch
53. Water rail
54. Pochard
55. Gadwall
56. Green woodpecker

57. Sparrowhawk
58. Jay
59. Treecreeper
60. Bullfinch
61. Redwing

3 January, Penarth-Lavernock coastal path, Lavernock, Cosmeston

62 buzzard

62. Buzzard
This is probably the reason I didn’t spot very many small birds on my walk along the coastal path today – all the small birds were lying low!
63. Oystercatcher

64 skylark
64. Skylark
I’m used to enjoying the glorious summertime songs of Skylarks in the sky above but this winter I’ve seen several small flocks of Skylarks feeding in local farmers’ fields. Lovely!
65. Pheasant
66. Fieldfare
67. Shoveler

4 January, Cardiff Bay

68. Great black-backed gull
69. Teal

5 January, Penarth

70. Tawny owl
Heard – loud, very close, initially quite spooky – but sadly not seen. However, a Twitter friend has also heard it in the same spot recently so we’ll both be keeping an eye out when we pass that way again.

6 January, Cosmeston Lakes Country Park

71. Great spotted woodpecker

72 marsh tit

72. Marsh tit
73. Hawfinch

74 snipe

74. Snipe

8 January, Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve

190108 bearded tits

75. Bearded tit

9 January, Parc Slip Nature Reserve

76 siberian chiffchaff

76. Siberian chiffchaff

10 January, Penarth Marina

77 blackcap

77. Blackcap

11 January, Sully beach & playing fields, and St Mary’s Well Bay field

78. Grey plover
Four Grey plover flew in to Sully beach, with a Dunlin friend – that’s the small bird second from left.

78 79 grey plover and dunlin

79. Dunlin

80 curlew

80. Curlew
Just a few of the 27 Curlew that were grazing on the playing fields at Sully this morning (and a few Woodpigeons in the foreground).

81. Kestrel

13 January, Whiteford Point & Llanrhidian Marsh

82. Little egret

88 greenshank

83. Greenshank
A dull grainy photo as we saw these two not long after sunrise, in the estuary at Penclawdd, en route to Whiteford Point.

84. Shelduck
85. Pintail
86. Wigeon
87. Lapwing
88. Jack snipe
Just a brief view of a couple of birds in flight, but a lifer for me

89 brent geese
89. Brent goose

90 eider
90. Eider
91. Slavonian grebe
92. Red-breasted merganser

93 great northern diver
93. Great northern diver
94. Black-tailed godwit

95 sanderling
95. Sanderling
Such a contrast between the tiny Sanderling next to the much larger Oystercatchers – little and large!
96. Golden plover
A great murmuration over the marsh, late in the day – a wonderful sight
97. Red kite
98. Great white egret

16 January, Kenfig pool, Porthcawl & Newton Point

99. Goldeneye
100. Cattle egret
101. Purple sandpiper