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:
Singleton Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker was chased across the park by an unknown species of parakeet (about the size of a Ring-necked, but with a lot of red on it).
Brynmill Park: 6 Tufted Ducks, pair of Mallards with 7 new-born ducklings, pair of Little Grebes on nest.
Clyne Valley: 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Buzzard overhead.
A male Shoveler was a surprise find on Brynmill Park Lake on Saturday evening:
3 Chiffchaffs singing in Clyne Woods on Thursday evening. Dipper showing well on the River Clyne:
Finally heard my first Chiffchaff today: one bird singing by the lake in Brynmill Park. A Little Grebe was also on the lake. Still a few Redwings flying in to roost in Clyne Woods at dusk, and more flying over Sketty after dark. A little clip of the grebe:
4.45 p.m. – Woodcock flying along edge of Mill Wood – same area as a couple of days ago.
A lunchtime walk around Singleton Park showed a Buzzard (first I’ve seen there ) being mobbed and a small flock of Redwings feeding in the top field.
5 p.m. – A Woodcock thrice zigzagged across path in Mill Wood area – or could have been different birds. Male and female Tawny Owls calling in Mill Wood.
A Little Egret was on the beach yesterday morning:
C. 100 Sanderlings on Swansea Beach near the Civic Centre late this afternoon.
A Fox running along Swansea Beach towards the Civic Centre at quarter past twelve last night was a strange sight. Redwings were heard flying overhead here and in Sketty.
Flocks of Redwings flying over Sketty at dawn today – first I’ve seen this year.
A Wheatear was still on the beach near the Civic Centre, and a Small Copper butterfly was feeding on the grass verge nearby.
2 Wheatears were on the sea wall and beach near the Civic Centre on Wednesday afternoon: