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  1. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Beautiful down at Sker today. Good to see dog owners cleaning up after their mutts. Coomin Whitethroats have arrived and at Sker itself was a stunning flock of Golden Plovers. Some in summer plumage. A cracking bird. Got chatting to Paul from Glamorgan bird club. A decent fella. Also present...
  2. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Cheers Chris. I’d have struggled more if it was on the other side of the lake. Rich
  3. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Life list now at 295. Only 5 to go before the end of the year :LOL:
  4. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Booked the day off today as the border has opened up with England. Had planned to head down to the Mockingbird but it left a few days ago. Not unhappy tbh as birding in built up areas has never appealed to me. So plans were changed and headed to Gloucs. Thought I heard Hawfinch at Parkend but...
  5. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Ducked down to Burryport and Pembrey after work today. Good to catch up with Bernie- apologies for Bud’s constant whining Bern. Added the following: 102. Rock Pipit 103. Turnstone 104. Bar-tailed Godwit 105. Knot
  6. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Lovely walk up to the Cimla with the boy today. 1st local Swallow over St Matthew’s church. Great views of a Cettis down on the Tenant Canal and good to watch some Sand Martins by the college bridge. Also heard my 1st Willow Warbler of the year. 101. Willow Warbler
  7. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Beautiful walk around Whiteford Point today. Pup was a little unsettled with so many sheep around. Bird wise it was fairly quiet. The expected Brents appear to have departed. Did manage to get to the 100 for the year at last though. 98. Eider 99. Grey Plover 100. Common Gull
  8. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Beautiful morning out with my youngest today. A bit nippy but great. Started at Newport Wetlands and ended with Goldcliff. Brilliant to bump into Owen again. I think the last time we met was at the Sabines Gull at Rhaslas. Lots of other friendly birders there as well and all distancing. Added...
  9. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Driving over the Bwlch road into the Rhondda today and I saw my first Wheatear. 84. Wheatear
  10. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Blackcaps have arrived up the lane from the house. 83. Blackcap
  11. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Nipped down to the North Gower after work today. 4 other birders present at Werffrwd. All distanced and good company. 79. Swallow 80. Common Snipe 81. Greenfinch 82. Great Egret A bit late in the year so none of the hoped for raptors.
  12. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Stopped off at Kenfig Pool on my way home from work today. Always good to catch up with Tom and some nice and easy year ticks. 74. White-fronted Goose 75. Pochard 76. Gadwall 77. Sand Martin 78. Cettis Warbler
  13. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Cracking day today. Highlight being the smoked free range bacon from Dewi Roberts butchers in Llandeilo. Just the right amount of fat to meat. Smokiness spot on. And the rind was on. Best bacon I’ve had in a long time. Oh... and the Walrus remained at Tenby :ROFLMAO:
  14. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Lovely day out with my youngest yesterday. Started at Dinas which was very quiet but lovely just to be able to walk around. I mentioned later in the day to a Carms birder that the bird table had gone and he said it had been nicked! Next it was off to Pencarreg. Struggled to get near the pond so...
  15. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Went for a walk up the lane with the boy earlier. Great to hear the first ChiffChaffs of the year. 68. ChiffChaff
  16. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Taking advantage of the 5 mile rule i headed down to Brunel Dock with the boy this morning. 65. Shelduck 66. GBBG 67. Oystercatcher
  17. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Went for a walk up the lane yesterday before work and heard a Stock Dove. 64. Stock Dove
  18. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Wandered down to the Square Pond today with Bud. Year ticked GCG. Beautiful weather here today. Somebody else enjoying the sun took a real shine to Bud. He sat there giving her his paw and blagged himself a pack of ready salted crisps:ROFLMAO: 63. GCG
  19. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Well the plans have changed. Pup will have to make do with a walk up the mountain. Looks like I’m making Welsh Cakes with my oldest. Happy St David’s Day all. Rich
  20. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Finally managed to see a Rook on Friday. Drove to local B&M to pick up some firewood and there a few in Rhos. 62. Rook Looking at walking the pup down to Pant y Sais Fen today as the weather is so nice. Fingers crossed for Reed Bunting :D
  21. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Shorter walk from home today. Covered c4miles but pretty steep in places so not too bad exercise. Finally had a male Stonechat. 61. Stonechat Rich
  22. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Not sure tbh Julie. They used to nest under the M4 bridge when I was a kid but haven’t done so for years. You do see them but far from weekly. Rich
  23. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Me and the boy covered just under 10 miles on the other side of the valley today. Beautiful around Neath Golf club. Stunning Female wire haired Vizsla up there as well. Good few Buzzards were around along with a couple of Red Kites. Nice to add Kestrel to the year list. Not many around here at...
  24. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Bud is over his op now so we headed up to Drummau this afternoon. Nice flock of Winter Thrushes by the old Ack Ack gun placement. And we also put up a Skylark. 59. Skylark. Cracking cross Black Labrador/ Lurcher bitch up there as well. Very friendly.
  25. ClarkWGriswold

    Griswold’s UK Birding List 2021

    Stayed nearer the house yesterday. An enjoyable circular 4 mile walk. Plenty of Redwings around and good to hear drumming GSW. For the second time in the last 2 months we saw a Woodcock from this route. Really pleased as it’s not easy at all to see around here. Also picked up Meadow Pipit in...
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