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15/2/19 Early WeBS count on a sunny day.
Shelducks, Shoveler and Pintail showing well in the gloom at the little bay by the Helipad this morning. I couldn’t find anything different in amongst the black-headed gulls and the only waders were Curlew and Turnstone.
2 Dippers fighting and chasing each other furiously on lower part of River Clyne today. Rival males, or male pursuing a female?
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 .
30+ Redwing and a Mistle Thrush in W paddock this a.m. and a Med Gull on W lake.
10 med gulls of various ages, 1 gcg, 8 ravens on the lighthouse island
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 .
Just a quick check this morning .. several birds already on the nesting ledges.. seems very early.
Little Egret in field next to the horse stables at The Green,Trebannws
21-Little Egrets in the fields across the road from the business park.14h30
Couldn’t find the otter, late morning, but 14 goldeneye were a treat. Lots of goosander too.
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.
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.
Have discovered a report of a pr of Lesser Peckers on 4th Jan on Taff Trail in woodland betw R. Taff and Cardiff Met playing fields/Llandaff Cathedral cemetary.
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.
pm. Fem Marsh Harrier hunting over the pool. Great White Egret still present.
22 species seen on a morning walk including Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Redwing and Goosander.