Roath Park Lake

A male Wigeon was a bit of a surprise Tufted Duck 40 Teal 30. We noticed again that the Black-headed Gulls were associating with Coot to obtain food when they dive and disturb food particles to the surface, the Coot tolerate this behaviour without showing any signs of aggression towards the gulls.

Broughton, Gower this morning.

Very busy off shore with 250 Gannet (approx half of them juveniles and immature birds) far in Bay. There were 5 Pale-bellied and 145 Dark-bellied Brent Geese on the beach and 2 close inshore were 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Razorbill, 3 Ringed Plover and 100 Oystercatcher. A Chough heard earlier in the Burrows flew towards the Farm and Delvid late morning and 8 Lapwing were in Broughton Farm fields.

Fenrod lake

3 goosander  1 male 2 female 40+ Canada geese 20 mute swan usual tufteds Pochards ,mallards a few coot and moorhen 60 b h gulls 3 common gull herring gulls and l b gulls 15 house sparrows robin dunnock and chaffinch

at the amenities tip large numbers of gulls est counts 400+ herring gull 100 lesser b b gull 100 b h gulls few great b b gulls 20 starlings 10 magpie  60 jackdaw 10 carrion crow


13 Teal, 3 Wigeon and 2 Pochard on W lake, and the usual spread of Tufties. Mistlle Thrush and Green ‘Pecker in W paddock and 4 Goldcrest noted up central path. The buzzard below was sitting on the W paddock hedgerow and had some aggro from a Magpie.

Alarming news re Cosmeston

The Vale council have just announced plans for a possible cable wakeboarding facility on E lake at Cosmeston. I can’t think of anything less suitable for a relatively small lake that has a resident population of up to 60 Mute Swans. some of which nest, occasionally a similar number of Canada Geese, 100’s of Gulls and Coot,  and other wildfowl from autumn through to spring. Not to mention birds such and Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting which nest in the reed bed which no doubt would be disturbed by the wash that wakeboarding creates. If like me you’ve never heard of cable wakeboarding, it’s like normal wakeboarding behind a speedboat except that the participant is pulled along by an overhead cable suspended between two tall gantries.  Thus these structures would grace the shore of E lake somewhere, plus the permanent obstacles in the water such as ramps and other jumps which the users have to negotiate. Please write to the Vale Council planning dept objecting to this proposal. Click here for a link to an article on the Wales Online web site.

Cosmeston and Barry

2 gadwall, 5 shoveler, 7 teal, 4 wigeon and 1 pintail on Cosmeston west lake this morning, along with a very brief flight view of a bittern over the lake.

Common sandpiper in Barry Docks, 14 redshank in Barry Old Harbour and the lesser scaup lookalike hybrid on the Knap lake.