Talygarn Lake

15/2/19  Early WeBS count on a sunny day.

Blackbird, Blue Tit .Buzzard ,Carrion Crow, Coal Tit , Collared Dove , Coot, Dunnock 
Gadwall (4), Great Spotted Woodpecker (2), Great Tit , House Sparrow , Jackdaw ,
Little Grebe (7), Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen , Mute Swan , Nuthatch, Robin ,
Song Thrush, Teal (2), Woodpigeon , Wren (1)

Llandaff/Pontcanna Fields

Spent a few hours this morning searching in vain for the elusive Lesser Peckers . Although there was no sight or sound of them there were plenty of other birds about , green and gsw , treecreeper , nuthatch , goldcrest , lots of thrushes ( no fieldfare ) and finches including 2 siskin . Kingfisher and goosander were on the river and probably the most unusual thing were 3 greylags flying downstream .

Gileston/East Aberthaw

A 3 1/2 hour walk this morning produced a total of 59 species . The highlights at Gileston were yellowhammer and stonechat , both single males only , kestrel and great views of a peregrine hunting over the fields. 16 brent geese , 6 shelduck and 97 wigeon were near the rivermouth with redshank , rock and meadow pipits on the saltmarsh . A pair of ravens were flying around the ash tip and the highlights around the lagoon were a kingfisher , water rail calling , a chiffchaff , a pair of stonechats and a single male siskin feeding with a flock of goldfinches …… oh yes and lots of dog walkers .


Met Graham Powell who put us on to Willow Tit many thanks and good luck with the LSWP Graham. The Great Grey Shrike was seen off the Cwm Cadlan road, nice views also good numbers of Crossbills and a bonus bird a Woodcock flew over. On the downside the area was covered in litter, much less of it now since Jackie scooped a load of it up.


A drake Goosander was on W lake Cosmeston when I arrived this morning but was gone by the time I returned to the cafe. A Grey Wag flew along Sully Brook by the Medieval Village. Both birds I haven’t seen at Cossie for a while. Around 20 Redwing were in W paddock.

Roath Park Lake

25 species seen in a 2 hour walk around Roath Park Lake and surrounding area this morning including 1 Common Gull and 8 Pochards. Also Greylag and Canada Geese, Mute swan, Mallard and Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Moorhen and Coot, Feral Pigeon and Woodpigeon, BH LBB and Herring gull, Jay Magpie and Carrion crow, Blue Tit and Great Tits, Robin, Blackbird, Grey Wagtail and Chaffinch.


A Buzzard was a surprise in Singleton Park this morning, hunting for insects on the grass between the university and Oystermouth Road (first I’ve seen in the park).  A Stock Dove was in the Ornamental Gardens.

In Brynmill Park, was a Little Grebe (the first I’ve seen for months there), 1 male Wigeon, 2 Grey Herons, half-a-dozen Cormorants, 20+ Tufted Ducks, Mallards, Coots, Moorhens, etc.