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!
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].
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.
A buzzard was in the same tree as the other day [ovberlooking the dipping pond]. I saw one of the Kingfishers exit from the E lake bank by the mile road where they nested last year, and it then alighted in an adjacent overhanging bush for about 5 mins. Possibly nesting already? A Treecreeper was in trees by the boardwalk path/Mile Road junction [3rd time I’ve seen one there]. On W lake I watched a vicious battle initially between 2 ‘pairs’ of Coot, then 2 others joined in. They were going hammer and tongs and it looked as tho’ one of each fighting pair was trying to drown the other. This went on for about 10 minutes! A pair of Greenfinch together behind W lake on the elevated path was an unusual sight these days.
Finally a 2nd cal yr Yellow-legged Gull was on E lake.
The Glamorgan Bird Club had a successful trip to Ham Wall RSPB & Shapwick Heath yesterday, Sun 24th with 22 participants making the journey. Highlights were plenty of booming Bitterns although only 2 lucky folk managed to see one VERY briefly, Marsh Harriers in the air most of the time [with some display], Great White Egrets, an elusive Glossy Ibis, and a pair of Garganey. 61 species were seen in total.
A Willow Warbler was at Cosmeston this morning near the bird table [per Jeff Curtis and Graham Smith].
Amazing record on Twitter of 40+ Water Pipit at high tide this morning, with many in summer plumage, plus Wheatear and 2ndS Med Gull.
Late WeBS. Water Pipit at Green Pt Rhymney Est but on Lamby tip side of river mouth. V high tide no waders!
Correction – Redshank  were upstream on the grassy river bank by Lamby Way. Also 43 Teal, 4 Shelduck and 2 Oycs.
2 male Wheatears were on the outer barrage rocks near the sails, plus 8 or more Pied Wags [couldn’t find any White Wags]. Over at the ice rink boardwalk the adult winter and the 1st winter Little Gulls were feeding mid bay, although by 4:30 they weren’t doing much flying – could be picked up on the water with concentrated scope work! On the grassy area with some ‘decorative’ rocks outside Cardiff Pointe flats, was the 3rd male Wheatear showing very well. The top two pix were on the barrage and the bottom two were at Cardiff Pointe.
1 Greylag Goose on E lake. Saw 2 Treecreepers this morning – 1 by the S. entrance to Cogan Wood and the other by the SW corner of E lake. 4 Reed Buntings chasing through the E lake reeds and 2 more by the bird table. Buzzard circling over the car park. 2 drake Shoveler on W lake plus 1 ad Little Grebe and 1 Gadwall visible.
It was a Hen harrier day yesterday. In addition to the male at Heol-y-Cyw, a ringtail was seen and videoed over the fields at Gileston – vid is on South Wales Birding Facebook page.
Highlights this morning. Three Sand Martin and a single House Martin over W lake, drake Scaup under the tree by the end of the reed bed on W lake [presumably back from Cardiff Bay] and a pair of Shoveler under there too. Chiffchaff fly-catching by the main bridge.
Chiffchaff singing in the same place as yesterday, this morning. Treecreeper on tree opp the end of the Med Village path. Pr Shoveler sheltering under the trees by W lake reed bed, 1 drake Pochard that I could see, 4 Gadwall and the usual Tufties. No sign of Scaup.
Cosmeston late morning. Chiffchaff singing on path between the 2 lakes. 2 mistle thrush W paddock. Jack Snipe just flushed from adj the wire fence of the ‘snipe paddock’ which is the wire fenced area on LHS past the end of the W paddock hedge. It flew 50 yds and landed on the other side somewhere. Also 3 Greenfinch there – bit of a rarity at Cossie.
A drake Scaup was asleep in the middle of W lake Cosmeston this morning. Presumably the bird from Cardiff Bay [which was originally found at Cossie].
The AdW Little Gull reported in Cardiff Bay yesterday was still present this morning until around midday. Difficult to find as it wasn’t doing much flying when I was there. Scanned back & fore with the scope for around 20 mins. then suddenly with the scope stationary it flew into view [viewing from the barrage sails]. For the short while it was in flight it was incessantly chased by a 1st yr Black-headed Gull until forced to land on the water again. Unless it’s flying, v diff to pick up with just binos.
Brief visit east this afternoon with the grandchildren. Car park at RSPB Newport Wetlands, Uskmouth almost completely full!! Away from the noise of the cafe and playground, pleased to have nice views of a Little Owl from the inner path. Nice scope views anyway. Bit too distant for photos but had an attempt with the lens at 400mm and a 1.4x converter and a crop as far as I dare [see below original and crop]. At Goldcliff viewing virtually impossible into blinding sun but did get 3 Spotshanks at far LH end of first lagoon, plus 8 Avocet, 1 Ringed Plover, plus Redshank and Lapwing, plus the usual dabbling ducks. Click each image for a bigger one.
Slavonian and Black-necked Grebes still on Kenfig Pool this a.m. per Alan Rosney [with permission]. Redhead Smew at Penclaccwydd WWT from Brit Steel hide [per Twitter].
Cosmeston: 2 pr little grebe, comm gull on w lake posts, coal tit pr displaying by central path, cetti’s singing by E lake adj golf cours, gc grebe pr displaying.
Nice sunny afternoon walk with the grandchildren at Kenfig gave us Slav Grebe, v distant Black-necked Grebe, and lovely late afternoon views of hunting Short-eared Owl. No GW Egret, poss due to the number of people around the lake perimeter.