Good bird movement this morning.. lots of greenfinch, goldfinch & chaffinch around… Many swallows flying east bizarrely.. no med gulls seen only herring & lbb’s. Several Ravens making a lot of noise..
Trip led by Ed Hunter … Highlight was red rumped swallow (what a bird!..) still being reported there at roost first thing this morning.
LATEST NEWS WAS BIRD STILL SHOWING WELL LATE ON SUNDAY 17TH…
10 med gulls of various ages, 1 gcg, 8 ravens on the lighthouse island
Just a quick check this morning .. several birds already on the nesting ledges.. seems very early.
bn grebe still in the bay off Prospect Place Cardiff this morning.. Good to meet Dave Gilmour there too.
Pair of siskin been visiting since yesterday.. normally only see in the winter.
Iceland gull present yesterday evening.. Really easy to find if someone needs it for their year list
Been several ringed gulls in Bracelet Bay this past week.. My old friend Med gull E825 (been visiting us since 2006 from Antwerp) A Finnish BH gull ST285095 (still waiting the history) and today another Belgium Med gull E913701this time without the plastic DARVIC ring which makes i.d. so much easier..
the Great Northern Diver is still here.. Showing really well close in to the slipway… Not sure how it’s going to react to the water skiers! 😎
3 great northern divers, 2 great crested grebes, lots of shags
partial moult great northern diver with 3 great crested grebes this morning off boat slip
The Caspian tern has reappeared this morning…
Looks like the kittiwakes on the pier are having a good year again on whats left of the “temporary ledges”.. Is this South Wales’ only kittiwake colony on man made structure??
Started with me finding a small pod of 3 harbour porpoise foraging in the outgoing tide race.. Nice! They were being followed by plenty of manxies, several gannets, 1 fulmar, kittiwakes.. And through that scope view flew a skein of 6 common scoter.. Wow.. Plenty of other stuff going up and down channel.. Several GBB gulls, lots of auk species.. 3 rock pipits flew in off the sea.. 1 mead gull in the car park.. along with several herring gull. Raven overhead
first Gower yellowhammer of 2017 (female)
several singing willow warblers
skylark, chiffchaff, gsw, goldfinches but overall very quiet
nice views of the overwintering ringtail harrier this afternoon.. Also present, buzzard, little grebes, mallard, couple of mute swans, pair of teal,singing Cetti’s, and several chiffchaff,.. We also thought we’d heard and seen a willow warbler
Here’s a quick picture of the Dunlin roost this morning…
noticed a significant reduction in bh gull numbers this morning. Been replaced by lbb’s.. No small waders again..and 4 oycs.. It’s extremely quiet on a beautiful sunny morning