Caerphilly Castle

A Hobby few over Caerphilly Castle last evening chasing the Sand Martin a flock of 40. Also Kingfisher and two Ravens and two Swifts. The ‘Wild Meadow’ is doing much better this year and it looks like they have prepared other flower beds.

Parc Cwm Darren

Nice morning at PCD. Birds Redstart Green and Great Spotted WP Raven Blackcap Cap Willow Warbler Chiffchaff. Dragonflies; Broad Bodied Chaser 8 five females together on bramble, Large Red, Blue-tailed and Azure Damselflies. Leps; Green veined White Orange Tip and Common Blue and up to 10 Orange Underwing moths

Cardiff Bay

Nice trip to the bay today star of the Show was a Common Sandpiper also Turnstone 6 Redshank 4 Goosander 7 a hybrid Scaup/Tufted Duck Common Gull 6 and a Gull looking like an immature Caspian Gull but could not say for certain.

Forest Fawr

A walk through the forest this morning much evidence of logging presumably Larch. Chaffinch a flock of 12 Jay 4 Nuthatch 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker 3 Tree Creeper 1 Mistle Thrush 1 Redwing 3 Cole Tit 1 Blue Tit 6 Great Tit 2 and lots of Robins.

For ever optimistic- a friendly Robin

Cosmeston

There were at least ten Chiffchaffs, Goldcrest 1 Green Woodpecker 1 Swallow 3 on the lakes Tufted Duck 30 . At the Dragonfly Ponds a bird seen briefly diving in to the reeds we thought was a Reed Warbler Other: Common Darter 8 Southern Hawker 3 Migrant Hawker 10 Red Admiral 2 Large White 1

Parc Cwm Darren

A buddleia bush near the dragonfly pools was loaded with butterflies two of which were High Brown Fritillaries we saw another later. The other butterflies were Red Admiral 8 Peacock 10 Painted lady 1 Gate Keeper 1. There was a general coming and going and therefore the number of individuals could have been higher. Could not get a pic of the Frit.

on the bird front Red Kite Buzzard 2 Raven 1 Green WP 1 Great Spotted WP 1 Chiffchaff 2

Dragonflies: Southern Hawker 3 Common Darter 8 Emerald Damselfly 6 and a Blue-tailed Damselfly

Forest Farm and Radyr Weir

Dipper 1 Grey Wagtail 8 birds of which two were juveniles Stock Dove 5 flew in front of the new hide Reed Warbler 2 Whitethroat 1 Chiffchaff 1 Long-tailed Tit 8. Also Ringlet 4 and Meadow Brown 6 and a visit to the pool produced 6 Azure Blue damselflies. It was good to see Cliff Woodhead at the reserve.

Cardiff Bay and Hamadryad Park

Goosander 2 drakes near the jetty Great Crested Grebe 24 Mute Swan 35 a Mute Swan and GCG nesting close proximity. Lots of ‘hirundines’ over the bay difficult to estimate numbers, mostly Swifts. Others: Kingfisher 1 Reed Warbler 7 Cetti’s 4 Whitethroat 2 Blackcap 1 Chiffchaff 1 Reed Bunting 2.