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.