Clyne Woods: 5-6 Chiffchaffs singing; a Marsh Tit was by the exit on Rhyd-y-defaid Drive, Sketty.
Dozens of Fieldfares and Redwings in Singleton Park, and feeding along grass verges along the seafront as far as the city centre. A couple of Lapwings flew over St. Helen’s, and a lone female Stonechat cut a forlorn sight as it hopped along the promenade at Brynmill.
A lone Lapwing was sheltering from the blizzard in the dunes at the top of the beach opposite Singleton Park this evening.
100+ Redwings feeding on grassland at top of park this afternoon. Largest number there so far this Winter.
Brynmill Park: A male Goosander was catching fish on the lake (only the 2nd I’ve seen here), as was a Little Grebe; long-staying male Wigeon still around.
Singleton Park: C. 20 Redwings feeding in the school field at the top.
On the lake yesterday were 15 Tufted Ducks, 1 male Gadwall trying to mate with a female Mallard, 1 male Wigeon, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorants, Mallards, Coots, Moorhens.
A male Gadwall was a first sighting for me on the lake, following around a female Mallard. A Wigeon was another first on the lake for me a couple of days ago.
A male Wigeon was on Singleton Park boating Lake yesterday lunchtime.
A single Brent Goose was close-in off Blackpill on this evening’s high tide.
A single Swallow was over the Clyne Valley, and a couple of late Red Admirals were on the wing.
6 Swallows were over Singleton Park, Swansea, in Hurricane Ophelia yesterday. Some Redwings heard flying over the previous evening were my first of the year.
A Red Kite flew south across the Gower Road and over Olchfa School at 12.30 p.m.; half-a-dozen Swallows were over the Clyne Valley.
A Peregrine flew low over Swansea Beach yesterday evening towards Singleton Park, and a Wheatear was on the beach near the Civic Centre. A Clouded Yellow and a Painted Lady were in the dunes a couple of days ago.
There are now two broods of Tufted Ducks on the lake: one has 11 ducklings, and the other has 7. Also another group of Mallard chicks: at least the fourth there this year. Been a good year for waterfowl breeding on the lake this year.
Tufted Duck female with 11 ducklings seen on the lake in the rain this evening.
How commonly do Tufted Ducks breed in Glamorgan?
The long-staying Ring-necked Parakeet seems to have left the park, but I’ve seen this bird a couple of times recently. Anyone know what species it is? Thanks. :-
A Little Grebe on Brynmill Park Lake this evening feeding three newly-fledged young. How commonly do Little Grebes breed in Glamorgan?
Brynmill Park: 3 broods of young Mallards, 1 Moorhen with young, c. 12 Tufted Ducks.
2 Shelducks were close in on Blackpill Beach.
4 Whimbrels and a Bar-tailed Godwit were on the beach at West Cross this evening, flying along to Blackpill as the tide rose.
3 Wheatears were along Swansea seafront opposite Singleton Park on Wednesday evening – first I’ve seen there this year: