Fairwood Common

A turtle dove flew in front of my car close to the windscreen as I passed the airfield going towards Upper Killay. One emergency stop later and I observed it on nearby scrub for a few minutes before it flew off deeper into the common.

Clyne Valley

Mill Wood area alive with Chiff Chaff now.
Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker present.
The odd Willow Warbler heard but no
Blackcap noted yet. Three swallows feeding above fields near Clyne farm. Also the curious sight of two nuthatch mating in woods nearby.

Rhossili Cliffs

On a glorious morning along the cliff top there were: two peregrine falcons, one ‘stooping’ into a pigeon flock and two kestrels further along. About 30+ oystercatchers were roosting on the causeway as a cormorant followed the tide in. In an adjacent field two meadow pipits turned up and a very obliging black redstart (male).


Overton Mere/ Oxwich Beach and Dunes

Saturday – Overton Mere with Gower Ringing Group

10+ rock pipits on shoreline. At sea: 1 gannet, 16+ common scoter, 5 cormorant. Above: 1 kestrel, vis. mig. of 1800+ redwing, 200+ wood pigeon moving south east.

Sunday – Oxwich

Dunes: 1 mistle thrush, 13 siskin, 1 lesser redpoll, 2 stonechat. Feeding on wrack: 10 pied wagtail and 6 meadow pipits.

Clyne Woods

 One greenwoodpecker persistently yaffling this morning.  Great spotted woodpecker drumming and great visual of prominently singing goldcrest, dunnock, chiffchaff, song thrush. Also treecreeper, marsh tit buzzard and two coal tits foraging together amongst catkins. No blackcap  this time or willow warbler.

Clyne Valley

Two singing male blackcap at Clyne and a very active dipper. Counted half a dozen Chiffchaff.  Bullfinch, greenfinch and willow tit calling as well as peckers drumming. Jay and woodpigeon with nesting material. Also jackdaws and starling nesting in and around houses on Gower Rd.