Lamby Lake Cardiff

27 species seen in a 2 hour walk this morning including my first blackcaps of the year. On the river were 4 Canada Geese, Redshanks and a single Teal. Over the lake were good numbers of sand martins and on the lake were great crested grebe, Coot, Moorhen, Tufted Duck, Mallard and Mute Swan.

Cardiff Bay

18 species seen in a walk from Roald Dahl Plass to the barrage and back again including 1 female Wheatear on the barrage, about 20 Sand Martins and 5 Linnets. Also a couple of Wrens , a small flock of Greenfinch and 2 Carrion Crows nest building by the Norwegian Church.

Lamby Lake Cardiff

My first chiffchaff of the year today in 19 species seen this afternoon. Also goldcrest, mute swan, Mallard, tufted duck, great crested grebe, Moorhen, coot, black headed gull, herring gull, heron, Magpie, Carrion Crow, blue tit, great tit, long tailed tit,robin, blackbird and goldfinch.

Roath Park Lake

25 species seen in a 2 hour walk around Roath Park Lake and surrounding area this morning including 1 Common Gull and 8 Pochards. Also Greylag and Canada Geese, Mute swan, Mallard and Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Moorhen and Coot, Feral Pigeon and Woodpigeon, BH LBB and Herring gull, Jay Magpie and Carrion crow, Blue Tit and Great Tits, Robin, Blackbird, Grey Wagtail and Chaffinch.

Lamby Lake Cardiff

Lamby Lake and then up to RGW for one last look for short eared owls for 2018 but still no luck. 24 species seen in all as follows

Coot, moorhen , bh gull, LBB gull, herring gull, mute swan, tufted duck, gc grebe, jackdaw, kestrel, shelduck, lt tits, blue tits, teal, Redshank, mallard, cormorant, grey heron, magpie, carrion crow, woodpigeon,blackbird, starling and pied wagtails.

Bute Park Cardiff

24 species seen in a 2 1/2 hour walk around Bute Park this morning plus a drumming GS Woodpecker heard. Good to see the redwing numbers building in the Paddocks. Hopefully some Fieldfare will soon join them. Full list as follows

Bh gull, lbb gull, woodpigeon, magpie,carrion crow, jackdaw, feral pigeon, goosander,mallard, dipper,starlings, great tit, mistle thrush, song thrush, blackbird, redwing, robin, chaffinch, goldfinch, grey wagtail, pied wagtail, buzzard, grey heron and nuthatch.


Lamby Lake Cardiff

A circular walk this morning via Rhumney Estuary, Rhumney Little Wharf & Cors Crydych Reen starting at 09:15 and lasting 2 1/2 hrs. A distance of about 2 miles. 31 species seen as follows

Mute swan, moorhen, coot, mallard, gc grebe, bh gull, herring gull, LBB gull, tufted duck, teal, shoveler, shelduck, cormorant, grey heron, LT tits, great tit, curlew, oystercatcher, barn owl, starling, peregrine, kestrel,carrion crow, magpie, jackdaw, blackbird, woodpigeon, collared dove, Canada geese, feral pigeon, lapwing.

Forest Farm Cardiff

24 species seen this morning including my first Siskins of the Winter.

Blue tit, great tit, Lt tit, coal tit, house sparrow, chaffinch, bullfinch, siskin, robin, wren, blackbird, dunnock, nuthatch, jackdaw, carrion crow, magpie, jay, woodpigeon, grey wagtail, BH gull, mallard, moorhen, goldcrest, grey heron.


Cardiff Bay Wetland Reserve

23 species seen this morning plus an unidentified grebe. Viewed from St Davids Hotel it was in the reeds in the small bay to the right for only a second before it dived and I couldn’t relocate it. Presumably it went round the corner out of sight. It was the right size for a red-necked grebe but I can’t add any more details I’m afraid. Species seen and definitely identified were BH gull, LBB gull, Herring gull, GBB gull, mallard, moorhen, teal, tufted duck, coot, turnstone, cormorant, mute swan, GC grebe,  little grebe, stonechat, robin, blackbird, wren, Reed bunting, starling, magpie, carrion crow, blue tit.