willow warbler and 2 female blackcaps in our pear tree at same time – things are definitely moving – plus 4 buzzards soaring and rook flyover (a real rarity for our garden). First orchid shoots on front lawn.
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
Cettis warbler singing at Forest Farm reserve this morning – 1st one I have heard here after 25 years of waiting – at last. Also plenty of singing chiffchaffs
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)
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
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.
13+ hawfinches at Forest Ganol yesterday morning. Quite remarkable
Sunday 31st pm Bittern seen from the hide with no door – plus 1 snipe, 1 water rail, Other hide, siskin and kingfisher. Also 2 buzzards