Coed Craig Ruperra

Yesterday: Redstart 1 imm/fem at the western edge of the reserve not seen one here previously. Blackcap 6 singing birds plus a male feeding young. Bullfinch 8 including a family party Chiffchaff  4 Willow Warbler 2. There was lots of bird activity but, not easy to see because of foliage,  there seemed to be many juvenile birds.                                Also: Broad Bodied Chaser male and female.

Caerphilly Castle

Sand Martins 40 seen is flight at on time lots of nesting in castle walls. Amongst the Lesser Black-backed Gulls were two colour ringed birds white rings black lettering 9LF 3CF  submitted to Euring. Also a pair of Muscovy Duck not seen at this sight previously. 

Cardiff Bay Penarth side

Glaucous Gull roosting on Cardiff Dock Building. Having seen the recently published photograph we think that this might possibly be a different bird. It appeared white, if there were brown vermiculations they were very faint indeed. We observed the bird from circa 400 meters telescope x 25-60 the light was good, white of primaries paler than mantle. It was a very large bird as big as Great B/B Gull long straight pale bill with distal third dark brown.

Also: Black Redstart male Chiffchaff 2 both singing Turnstone 2 Great Crested Grebe 6, No sign of the LTD or Scaup.

Roath Park Lake

A male Wigeon was a bit of a surprise Tufted Duck 40 Teal 30. We noticed again that the Black-headed Gulls were associating with Coot to obtain food when they dive and disturb food particles to the surface, the Coot tolerate this behaviour without showing any signs of aggression towards the gulls.

Dunraven

Wryneck again on hill leading to car park. Excellent views, does not seem to be too bothered by the traffic. Also Peregrine 1 and Stonechat 2 Grey Wagtail 2 and lots of Meadow Pipits. In the walled garden Chiffchaff and lots of small whites circa 40 Large White 12 Red Admiral 15 Common Blue 2 Small Tortoiseshell 10 and Silver Y moths 8