2 Dippers fighting and chasing each other furiously on lower part of River Clyne today. Rival males, or male pursuing a female?
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.
Was watching my first Spotted Flycatcher of the year, darting out from a hedgerow to catch insects in the evening sunshine, when a Sparrowhawk suddenly appeared from nowhere, grabbed the unfortunate flycatcher, and disappeared back into the woodland. All that remained were a few small, pale feathers fluttering forlornly to the floor. A bugger for me, as I had switched my video camera off ten seconds earlier; and not much fun for the flycatcher, which was never seen again.
Brynmill Park Lake: Tufted Ducks have a brood of 8 newly-fledged young (there were 2 successful pairs there last year).
Singleton Park: Tawny Owls have bred successfully there again, as they seem to do almost every year now.
Coot with 3 recently-hatched young on the lake.
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker seen entering nest hole several times this evening. A Marsh Tit was close by.
A brief clip from today, May 23rd:
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.