3 Sand Martins flying over the lake this afternoon, 4.45 – 5.05 p.m. Also on the lake: 18 Tufted Ducks, 2 Mute Swans (maybe nesting on the manmade island), 1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Wagtail, Mallards, Coots, Moorhens.
Singing Chiffchaff at Sanatorium Park. Single Redwing.
An ad Kittiwake reported in the bay off Plas Taliesin by penarth marina this morning.
A damp WeBS count this lunchtime, Teal and Shoveler appear to have gone, along with most of the Little Grebe. First spotting of a Sparrow Hawk here.
Blackbird, Blue Tit , Canada Goose (2), Carrion Crow, Chaffinch , Coot (9),
Dunnock , Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit , House Sparrow ,
Little Grebe (1), Magpie, Mallard (11), Moorhen (1), Mute Swan (3), Robin ,
Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk , Starling , Woodpigeon, Wren .
A Buzzard was sitting in a tree by the dipping pond this morning – a favourite perching area. There were 4 Pochard on W lake and a Coot was sitting on a nest in the reeds on the far side of W lake. Also several Chiffchaff seen and a couple of Goldcrests.
- At Birdies Lane, R Ely, a Dipper flew upstream, the first I’ve seen there for a while.
- A great deal of commotion at Fairwater Park as a passing Red Kite, about 20-30m above the car park, was mobbed by Gulls, corvids and small birds. This is a new bird for my records of this site (which go back a long way) and is the 59th species I’ve recorded there.
These will be daily birds for some of you and I myself see them quite often in other places, but it certainly made my morning.
Displaying Goshawk over Craig yr Allt, Tongwynlais this morning
2 Red Kites flew eastwards over Hafod-Morfa Copperworks at 11.55 a.m.
A Long-tailed Duck has been on the pool for two days now, and a Short-eared Owl has been seen in the dunes, plus a female Merlin, photographed by Neil Donaghy [see South Wales Birding Facebook page if you have access.
An adult Yellow-legged Gull was on E lake Cosmeston this morning. The adult Little Gull re-appeared in Cardiff Bay late morning but I couldn’t find it between 3:30 & 4 p.m. A Waxwing was seen briefly and photographed in a tree in Schooner Way opposite County Hall , by Peter Howlett.
Ad Little Gull reported in Cardiff Bay this morning seen from Penarth Marina.
A Kingfisher flew across W lake this morning and under the main bridge. A Mistle Thrush has been singing in a tree by the car park for the last three days, living its old name of Storm Cock in the strong winds and rain of yesterday and the day before. Also 2 days ago a flock of 40-50 Fieldfare flew across E lake and settled in trees on the far side.
Pretty quiet apart from the usual this morning but a female Sparrowhawk shot through past the big carving near the dipping pond, and there’s some frog spawn in the water there just at the start of the dipping pond path from the car park.
Barn Owl flying across 2100 Monday 24th Feb.
Usual common woodland species including Nuthatch and Treecreeper. Flyover Red Kite plus a pair of Buzzards. Woodcock flushed. This a lovely little reserve which I’ll certainly revisit. Perfect habitat for Willow Tit but no sightings on this occasion.
Walked across the Barrage this morning. Huge quantity of debris has been brought down the Taff & Ely by the recent weather. Only birds of note were a couple of Pied Wags, 1 Grey Wag, and 6 Goosander over by St David’s Hotel/CBWR, viewed from The Lookout cafe. There was a very white-headed Cormorant fishing in the old Roath Dock but I’m not going to claim it as a ‘sinensis’.
A cold blustery visit yesterday afternoon, Yellow Legged Gull was the only bird of note. Sadly there were no Goosander.
A bit of a damp GBC trip to the above this morning but 14 folk braved the weather, including a welcome overseas visitor, Syd Cannings, from Whitehorse, in the Yukon, visiting family in Cardiff. Just 40 species seen, the highlight [and surprise] of which was a Gannet sitting on the water just offshore in front of the power station. It flew a short distance, harrassed by Herring Gulls then settled again out by the large outlet structure, when it became hard to spot in the choppy water. We couldn’t find and Brents although one observer had a brief view of a singleton. There were c.100 Wigeon by the river mouth as the tide came in. A fox gave good viws as it walked up the grassy spoil tip.
A mated pair of Little Grebes on the lake today; hopefully, breeding this year.
Also, 20+ Tufted Ducks, 2 Cormorants, pair of Mute Swans, Moorhens, Coots, etc.
It was our monthly public walk this morning. 13 folk braved the wind and rain and were rewarded by finding 39 (!) species. Highlights – good views, in the bushes by the hide, of a Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 very close Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, a moving flock of long-tailed tits, then on the pool, a Goldeneye and 4 Shovelers.
Black-headed Gull, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Cetti’s Warbler, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff (Siberian – tristis),Collared Dove, Coot , Dunnock, Gadwall, Goldcrest, Goldeneye, Goldfinch, Great Black-backed Gull, Great Crested Grebe , Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit , Greenfinch (7), Herring Gull , House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Long-tailed Tit , Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Robin, Shoveler, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Teal, Treecreeper, Tufted Duck, Wigeon , Woodpigeon, Wren.
Good to see some new folk, welcome! Many thanks to Strinda for leading.