Swansea

2 Chiffchaffs were calling along the River Tawe this morning; another was at Pluck Lake, where Mute Swans were nestbuilding.

In the Clyne Valley, another 2 Chiffchaffs were calling, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers were seen or heard, and Blue Tits were entering the nest-hole used last year by Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers. The Spring sunshine brought out 5 Brimstones, 4 Peacocks, and 1 Red Admiral and 1 Comma.

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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.

Clyne Valley, Swansea

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.