Wednesday 2 March 2022

BIKING BIRDER VI 2022 21st February Escape from Porthcawl but a Double Dip!

          The weather forecast is for dry weather but with a strong gale. At least it is forecast to be behind me for much of my route.

          My plan and hope is to see two birds; Chough at Nash Point and some time ago Wales' only Cirl Bunting has been seen coming to proferred seed near to Nash Point. Getting both of these birds will save me having to cycle down to Cornwall later on.

          After going down to the beach to watch the waves coming over the harbour wall, after cycling along narrow country lanes and after enjoying having the wind at my back, I arrived at the field with the set aside seed crop and a couple of bird feeders. Unfortunately one of the bird feeders is on the floor, broken and empty and the other bird feeder is also empty. 

          No Yellowhammers, no Cirl Bunting, the only birds are a few Chaffinches, a couple of Greenfinches and a House Sparrow.

          Disappointed, I head off down to Nash Point and am soon walking the sort grassy areas by the double lighthouse there. 

          Sheltering behind the high white painted stone wall, I search through the flocks of Corvids, Jackdaws and Rooks hoping to find a Chough or two. No luck, I head off along the cliff edge to the east. Sunny intervals, a powerful gale makes the going east easy and the heading back a challenge. Fun though and the views across the Severn Estuary to Somerset and Devon, with sunbeams bouncing off the white horsed waves are beautiful.

           No sign of the Chough, I continue to go from the NT car park to the north and the cliffs to the east of the lighthouse. Whilst eating some sandwiches a couple of small Corvids fly by just showing themselves briefly before the dive down an adjacent cliff. 

           I rush to the cliff edge but they are Jackdaws!

           After spending about three hours searching for the Chough, I give up and go back to the bird feeders. Still no sign of the Cirl Bunting, there are a number of Fieldfares in the next field.

          Once again I have to give up and I head off east towards Barry, hoping to find a B & B there.          
          No accommodation available there, I continue on to Cardiff and am greeted at the door of my chosen hotel, Tanes Hotel, by the owner, Tane. We immediately hit it off and we spend over an hour talking music! Tane, a jazz guitarist, loves the music of Frank Zappa!!!!!

          Tane's favourite album by Frank is Hot Rats.

          Tane also tells me of a book about my musical hero that I have missed!

     I need to buy a copy!


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