Cardiff Bay

A group of 12 participants on a GBC outing spent 4 hours visiting 3 sites in Cardiff Bay – the boardwalk by the Ice Rink, the wetland reserve, and then the Penarth Marina area and the south end of the barrage. At the Ice Rink boardwalk we had excellent views of 5 Goosander, which comprised 3 adult males an adult female and an immature male in a plumaghe most of us had not seen before. A large raft of Tufted Ducks was up towards the yacht club but despite a lot of scanning we couldn’t find the recent Ring-necked Duck, and there were plenty of Great Crested Grebes on show. A Grey Wagtail flew in and a Kestrel was hovering nearby. At the Wetland Reserve we added several Little Grebes, and heard Cetti’s Warbler and Water Rail. Four of us then went round to the Penarth Marina area and walked to the south end of the Barrage. A single Turnstone was along the R. Ely embankment by the marina, and 2 adult Common Gulls were on the orange buoys by the inner barrage sluices – a regualr spot for them but in much reduced numbers in recent winters. A total of 36 species were logged. Below are the Goosanders, left to right: imm male, adult female and adult male. Click each for a full size image. Click here for the full list.

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