Cardiff Bay Wetland Reserve

Popped to a cold wetland reserve this evening. No sign of the bittern up to 1645. 3 yellow legged gulls came in early (adult, 2nd winter and sub adult). The tufted duck flock were tucked in out the wind but eventually pushed out. There were approx. 240 birds with this interesting ring necked look-alike. Sadly it appeared around dusk so apologies for poor photos. Head shape and bill lookeded interesting but was not really sold on the rest. Hybrid? Pochard x tufted duck perhaps? May be worth a 2nd look.

Cardiff Bay

A reasonable morning in terms of migrants. 2 lesser whitethroat were in the square area of grass and trees along Windsor Esplanade. 6 whitethroat (3 on the wetland reserve and 3 in Hamadryad Park). A sedge warbler singing very loudly from buddleia in Hamadryad Park.  At least 2 sedge warblers on the wetland reserve and several reed warblers. New reed warbler in Hamadryad Park below the flyover.

Cardiff Bay – afternoon

A common tern dropped into the bay during the afternoon showers. It took some time to confirm the ID. Thanks to Peter and Graham for the clinching photos which eventually ruled out arctic. Ring necked duck showing very well indeed off Prospect Place. Two yellow legged gulls (regular 3CY at Channel View and 4CY in Bay). Two 2CY med gulls also. Hundreds of hirundines in the bay including my first house martin of the year.

Cardiff Bay

IMG_5404[1]A 2nd winter Iceland gull was present on the pontoons at Mermaid Quay from 09.15 this morning. Presumably Graham’s bird from yesterday.

Little gull still present showing well at the mouth of the Taff. Also at least 5 med gulls in the bay (2 x 2nd sum; 2nd win; ad sum; 1st year. 9 scaup still.

A female wheatear was present at Hamadryad Park (my first of the year)

Cardiff Bay

Both glaucous gulls were present mid afternoon both fast asleep on the ABP building. The 9scaup and long tailed duck were showing well on the reserve. Long tailed duck looking rather dapper now. Several chiffchaff in good song around the reserve.

A 2nd winter yellow legged gull still around Channel View.

Cardiff Bay

A nice selection of birds this morning. Both glaucous gulls were present. The dark 1st winter showing very well from the boardwalk and the pale 1st winter sat on its usual spot on the ABP building.

The hybrid med x black headed gull also present. 9 scaup flew into the reserve whilst the long-tailed duck was still present off the old ice rink. A few photos added.