Coed Y Bedw and Garth Hill, North Cardiff.

Tuesday April 13th with Alex Hagge.

A walk through Coed-y-Bedw NR failed to produce any Pied Flycatchers but we did have nice views of a male and female Siskin on the ground with the female collecting nesting material. Also Goldcrests, Wrens, Jay, Tits etc. We returned to the car via the Garth Hill Trail through the fields with 5 singing Redstart and a Singing Tree Pipit. Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers heard and a distant Red Kite seen.

Hailey Park

On the daily dog walk today , still 2 separate pairs of Goosander on the Taff . Plenty of singing Blackcap , Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers plus displaying Greenfinches .

Over the last week have noticed a pair of Great Tits occupying a nestbox but unfortunately today it has disappeared , can only assume someone thought it would be good fun to rip it down or steal it . Also workmen cutting down bushes / small trees , why do they do it at this time of year ?

Cosmeston

The Common Redstart was in E paddock again this morning, in the same area. Got a couple of nice shots against a better background, but still from quite a distance. One below as taken and the other cropped with the bird in a better pose. Nothing else particularly special although a Buzzard dropped into trees behind the dragonfly pond.

Cosmeston/KNNR

Cosmeston a.m. produced a v smart male Common Redstart in E paddock, 2 singing Willow Warblers by the Mile Road, and an obliging male Pied Wag by the car park picnic tables. Also there of interest, a Tawny Mining Bee and a Buff-tailed Bumble Bee which was carrying a load of mites [these re apparently harmless to the bee but take a ride too the nest where they clean up detritis and other unwelcome guests]. If you’re on Facebook there’s an interesting post here: https://www.facebook.com/monktonreserve/posts/1555662794623353

Due to a visit to Brackla to collect something we decided on a quick visit to Kenfig. There were c.1000 hirundines over the pool, mostly Swallows and Sand Martins but I did pick out a couple of House Martins. Willow Warblers singing everywhere plus Chiffies and Blackcaps but couldn’t find any Whitethroat. It did rain tho’ – continuous light rain getting more & more steady. Had a pair of Linnet in the dunes and a pair of Bullfinch feeding on buds, plus a Stonechat.

Cosmeston

A walk round today with our 2 teenage grandchildren. In Cogan Wood Flynn & I had a nice encounter with the local Marsh Tit by the dragon tree. A GS Woodpecker was heard calling there, and a Buzzard was sitting up high in a tree. At W lake there had been an arrival of Swallows, with 30+ feeding over the lake and a single House Martin was with them. Another GS Woodpecker drummed briefly in the wood near the Medieval Village. Snapped a bumblebee sp on Hawthorn blossom in W paddock.

Cardiff Bay Barrage/R. Ely mouth

Very very bracing walk in a bitter NW wind this morning. 11 Turnstone were resting on the rocky embankment by Penarth Marina. On the Barrage, a couple of Rock Pipits, and 2 Linnet. A Swallow was with Sand Martins at the Cardiff end, my 1st Swallow of the year at last. Managed to hold the binos steady enough to find a couple of 1s cal yr Med Gulls in with the B-h Gulls in the Bay. A Raven flew over the Barrage and another was circling above Penarth. Some sleet bearing cloouds passed over then gave dark skies over N Somerset.

Lamby Lake & Cors Crychydd Reen

Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and Cetti’s Warblers all singing and showing around the lake this morning. 2 Sparrowhawks overhead. Good numbers of Swallows with House Martins among them over the lake. Reed Warblers heard but not seen.

Quiet at the reen with one brief sighting of Common Whitethroat. Peregrine, Buzzard and Kestrel over.

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Heol y Cyw

Was pleased to see first swallow of year over the garden today.

Had singing blackcaps in garden since the 1st April following first garden chiffchaff earlier in the week.

Nesting mistle thrush have been fending off groups of magpies.

Nest boxes being used by blue tits, great tits and sparrows.