Two female blackcaps in our N Cardiff back garden – something I would have missed if I weren’t stuck here. I suspect there will be some interesting garden sightings over the next few weeks. first brimstone

Bute Park Monday mid-day

No less than two firecrests foraging together (plus one goldcrest in the vicinity).  Using the space between the dock feeder stream and N Road ie East of the dock feeder where there are no paths.  Found between 30 and 100m north of the road bridge access  into the park, as they foraged heading north.  (This is on  the E border of Bute Park)

Castell Coch and OOC

wood warbler singing in same spot as last week in Castell Coch woods, close to the road.  Male and female goosander on Taff in Bute Park – unusual for this time of year

OOC  Lancashire and S Cumbria   ‘bird race’ on 18th May  134 species in one day    including 17 wader species, 4 tern sp, arctic skua, hooded crow, manx shearwater, osprey, little gull, red grouse    commonest bird not seen/heard was jay

Saturday morning

Siberian chiffchaff and good company at parc slip,  4 cattle egrets porthcawl, Slavonian grebe and g w egret at kenfig all found almost instantly, makes a change. Most remarkable bird of the day was a shag hunting in the melin griffiths feeder at Forest Farm, I had to rub my eyes.