Radyr Floodplain

There was a Spotted Flycatcher in trees along the Radyr side of the River Taf this evening. A regular autumn passage migrant here, but a rare sight in the Spring. Good to see healthy numbers of Swift and House Martin over the river too.

Glamorgan Canal/Forest Farm

A Cuckoo heard calling from the direction of Glamorgan Canal/Forest Farm stopped me in my tracks tonight. I was in the fields on the Coryton side of Long Wood at the time. It called continuously for 30+ secs at around 6.30pm and then again, very briefly at 6.47pm. Unexpected patch tick!

Cardiff Bay

The long stayers still hanging around today:  Black Redstart at Plas Taliesin (Penarth Marina); Long-tailed duck between the ‘sails’ and barrage lock gates, and 7 Scaup off International Drive (old ice rink). (DJJ/GJJ).

Roath Park Lake WeBS

Delighted to say that members of Cardiff University’s Ornithological Society will be taking over the Wetland Bird Survey Counts at Roath Park Lake from now on. 6 members joined me for this morning’s count.

Highlights were: Coot (244); Mallard (229); Little Grebe (4); Pochard (1); Shoveler (17); Teal (10); Tufted Duck (51); Wigeon (1) and Kingfisher (1). Other counts: Barnacle Goose (2 free-flying feral birds); Black-headed Gull (220); Canada Goose (29); Cormorant (4); Grey Wagtail (1); Greylag Goose (29); Herring Gull (2); Lesser black-backed Gull (60); Moorhen (19); Mute Swan (71).

Radyr Floodplain

Autumn has certainly arrived, with a Lesser Whitethroat and Garden Warbler among the many phylloscs and Blackcaps yesterday. Today also good numbers of warblers, highlights being Stonechat and Reed Warbler. A Common Sandpiper has been present on this stretch of river for the last 3 days, although it wasn’t seen today. (GJJ)

Forest Farm

Not a great deal about but 30 Moorhen present- a new record for me here. 22 of which were first year bird, and in the hides it was great seeing the older juveniles helping and feeding the younger clutches. Also 4 Reed Warbler present. (GJJ)

Blackmill BBS

Highlights from this morning’s visit to my BTO BBS square at Blackmill: Wood Warbler (3+); Pied Fly (1); Redstart (3+) and plenty of Willow Warblers.

Yesterday (Saturday 23rd), there was a singing Lesser Whitethroat at Radyr Floodplain and my father saw a female Pied Flycatcher in the line of trees along the disused railway line at Coryton.  (Gethin JJ).

Forest Farm

Many things of interest today. 1 Redstart on the trees next to the field, my first record on the reserve. Other migrants included some Chiffchaffs and a few Willow Warblers and Blackcaps. 6 Snipe are back in the Snipe Hide (perhaps a new name since the ‘hide with no door’ now has a new one!) Also of note a  record low for me of only 20 Mallard, some of whom were surprisingly hungry. [GJJ]

Radyr Floodplain and Forest Farm

Many Chiffchaffs plus one Blackcap singing today. Nice to see a lot of tits checking out the boxes we made in the nest box building session in Kenfig this February. Also 4 Buzzards but no hirundines.

Things beginning to calm down in Forest Farm. Haven’t seen any Snipe or Water Rails for some time. However lots of excitement in the heronry as a few nests already have chicks.

Roath Park Lake

A Little Egret, perched up in a tree on one of the islands, was the highlight of today’s Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) at the lake. Also there: a female Goldeneye; Teal (7); Tufted Duck (94); Pochard (11); Mallard (65); Coot (58); Moorhen (11); G C Grebe (3); Mute Swan (56); Canada Goose (36); Cormorant (10) and Grey Wagtail (2).