Some birdies and one of many dragonflies out in the sun this morning at Cosmeston. The GCG young were resting by the sluice on E lake. There were 4 Buzzards playing and mewing all the time, Green Pecker as on the ‘snipe paddock’ posts, and there were many Common Darters. Also 2 Kingfishers were at the dragonfly pond. PLus osme ringed gulls, all Lsr Black-backs – Blue F:300 [Ad], Blue F:466 [1st yr} and White with black letters OLF [Ad].

Barry and Cosmeston

Drake Wigeon on the sea at Cadoxton River mouth/Bendrick Rock at high tide this afternoon. Kingfisher working tidal pool.

Earlier this afternoon, Hobby at Cosmeston near top end of East paddock, Kingfisher at West Lake

Barry Old Harbour – 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls, Little Egret, 2 Curlew this morning

Canton Common Ditch

The ditches alongside Leckwith Road have been “home” to Moorhens for several years! They have even bred there too. In addition it is a site where Reed Warblers briefly stop off on Spring passage. This falls inside my BBS site. During winter two or three Moorhens often venture onto the grass verges of Leckwith Rd as well! Glad to note that you’ve seen them there today!

Cardiff Bay

This afternoon:
Ely rivermouth off John Batchelor Way: 2 Turnstone, Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, Mute Swan with 3 Cygnets.

Boardwalk at Old Ice Rink/Prospect Place: Great Crested Grebe pair with 3 well-grown juveniles, drake Pochard (also seen later at CBWR).

Cardiff Bay Wetland Reserve: Water Rail squealing close to boardwalk, 2 Stonechat in the grassy area above the boardwalk, 40+ Tufted Duck, the drake Pochard, a Teal and 3+ Cetti’s Warbler.

River Taff from the car park at Channel View Centre: Goosander, Great Crested Grebe pair with 2 juveniles.

Goldcliff/Newport Wetlands

The GBC trip to Goldcliff and Newport Wetlands today gave us 77 species including 14 species of wader. Highlights of the latter were 6 Little Stints, 2 Ruff, 2 Spotted Redshank, and at least 8 Greenshank. A male Marsh Harrier performed well and we had Pere, Kes and a large fem Sparrowhawk plus the impressive white Buzzard. Migrants included 3 Wheatear, a few Yellow Wags seen by some, and at Uskmouth we had a brief Sedge Warbler. All in all a good trip with 18 participants.