A male Gadwall was a first sighting for me on the lake, following around a female Mallard. A Wigeon was another first on the lake for me a couple of days ago.
A male Wigeon was on Singleton Park boating Lake yesterday lunchtime.
A single Brent Goose was close-in off Blackpill on this evening’s high tide.
A single Swallow was over the Clyne Valley, and a couple of late Red Admirals were on the wing.
6 Swallows were over Singleton Park, Swansea, in Hurricane Ophelia yesterday. Some Redwings heard flying over the previous evening were my first of the year.
A Red Kite flew south across the Gower Road and over Olchfa School at 12.30 p.m.; half-a-dozen Swallows were over the Clyne Valley.
A Peregrine flew low over Swansea Beach yesterday evening towards Singleton Park, and a Wheatear was on the beach near the Civic Centre. A Clouded Yellow and a Painted Lady were in the dunes a couple of days ago.
There are now two broods of Tufted Ducks on the lake: one has 11 ducklings, and the other has 7. Also another group of Mallard chicks: at least the fourth there this year. Been a good year for waterfowl breeding on the lake this year.
Tufted Duck female with 11 ducklings seen on the lake in the rain this evening.
How commonly do Tufted Ducks breed in Glamorgan?
The long-staying Ring-necked Parakeet seems to have left the park, but I’ve seen this bird a couple of times recently. Anyone know what species it is? Thanks. :-
A Little Grebe on Brynmill Park Lake this evening feeding three newly-fledged young. How commonly do Little Grebes breed in Glamorgan?
Brynmill Park: 3 broods of young Mallards, 1 Moorhen with young, c. 12 Tufted Ducks.
2 Shelducks were close in on Blackpill Beach.
4 Whimbrels and a Bar-tailed Godwit were on the beach at West Cross this evening, flying along to Blackpill as the tide rose.
3 Wheatears were along Swansea seafront opposite Singleton Park on Wednesday evening – first I’ve seen there this year:
Singleton Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker was chased across the park by an unknown species of parakeet (about the size of a Ring-necked, but with a lot of red on it).
Brynmill Park: 6 Tufted Ducks, pair of Mallards with 7 new-born ducklings, pair of Little Grebes on nest.
Clyne Valley: 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Buzzard overhead.
A male Shoveler was a surprise find on Brynmill Park Lake on Saturday evening:
3 Chiffchaffs singing in Clyne Woods on Thursday evening. Dipper showing well on the River Clyne:
Finally heard my first Chiffchaff today: one bird singing by the lake in Brynmill Park. A Little Grebe was also on the lake. Still a few Redwings flying in to roost in Clyne Woods at dusk, and more flying over Sketty after dark. A little clip of the grebe:
4.45 p.m. – Woodcock flying along edge of Mill Wood – same area as a couple of days ago.
A lunchtime walk around Singleton Park showed a Buzzard (first I’ve seen there ) being mobbed and a small flock of Redwings feeding in the top field.