Cardiff Bay

Walked across the barrage and back this morning. On the way out the Common Tern was feeding mid-bay with 100’s if not 1000’s of Black-headed Gulls at around 12:00. Returning, eventually found the Tern again, plus and AdS Med Gull and also a 1st yr ‘W’ winged Little Gull. Pretty hard work picking them out with just bins but good practice!

Cosmeston update

Last few days – A Cetti’s Warbler has been singing for 3 consecutive days in the E lake reeds area. Yesterday there were 50+ Sand Martin over the lakes plus a couple of House Martin. Today just a single Swallow and Sand Martin. The Kingfisher was sitting outside the nest bank on E lake, same place as on 12th Apr. The Coot’s nest at the dragonfly pond was devoid of life as was the pond itself. Can’t help thinking the nest was predated. Very quiet on the small bird front due to the strong cold wind.

Interesting sight on W lake where an occupied Mute Swan nest is within a couple of feet of an occupied Gt Crested Grebe nest [far side of W lake].

Cosmeston a.m.

There were 2 Swallows over E lake this morning plus 1 or 2 House Martin and 40 or so Sand Martin. 2 Mute Swan nests W lake a family of Coot chicks, Coot pair with nest at Drafonfly Pond, Kingfisher perched alongside E lake margin by the Mile Road and at least 8 Blackcap singing.

Cardiff Bay

Little Gull adult with circa 400 Black-headed Gulls most of which were immature birds also: Goosander 1 Sand Martin 200 Willow Warbler 2 Chiffchaff 1 White Wagtail 2 Pied Wagtail 1. Green Veined White Butterfly 1. The  base  for the swift tower is making good progress the tower is due to be installed during the first week in May.

GBC Walk South Gower

Ten participants turned up for a very pleasant walk yesterday, taking in a route west along the coast from Port Eynon to Overton, returning via the track which runs just inland of the coast. Sightings included Shag, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine, Ringed Plover, Purple Sandpiper, Sandwich Tern, Swallow, Stonechat and Wheatear.

Most of us stopped off along the north coast afterwards, where an Osprey had earlier been seen. Sadly no sign of it, but we did note a Great White Egret and two Greenshanks, among the birds.

Lamby Lake Cardiff

27 species seen in a 2 hour walk this morning including my first blackcaps of the year. On the river were 4 Canada Geese, Redshanks and a single Teal. Over the lake were good numbers of sand martins and on the lake were great crested grebe, Coot, Moorhen, Tufted Duck, Mallard and Mute Swan.

Llwyn On reservoir and Coed Taf Fawr

A dipper flew north up the west bank of Llwyn On reservoir to the Taf Fawr inflow yesterday morning. Grey Heron, 2 Snipe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, and a few Mallard, Canada Geese and Lesser Black-backed Gulls were also at the reservoir’s north end. In Coed Taf Fawr a pair of Grey Wagtail was on the Garwnant Fawr, and on a GBC Willow Tit survey square a Willow Tit sang close to the main forestry track. There were Siskin, Nuthatch, Chaffinch, Mistle Thrush and a Great Spotted Woodpecker at the Garwnant Visitor Centre car park.

Cardiff Bay

18 species seen in a walk from Roald Dahl Plass to the barrage and back again including 1 female Wheatear on the barrage, about 20 Sand Martins and 5 Linnets. Also a couple of Wrens , a small flock of Greenfinch and 2 Carrion Crows nest building by the Norwegian Church.

Little Ringed Plover at Portobello island, Ogmore estuary

Emma and I found this LRP at about 10.00 after it was flushed by a dog walker from long grass on the Bridgend side of the estuary. It happily fed up and down the little stony shingle ridge just downstream from Portobello island, but was lost to view over the back of there at about 11.15 and we did not see it after that. Also present lots of Mute Swan,  2 Gadwall, 3 Redshank, about 25 Shelduck and a Water Pipit flushed from the same area as the LRP but flew off downstream calling.

IMG_9820 LRP at Portobello