Cosmeston

Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat and Reed Warbler still singing in the same locations at yesterday. Around 10 Swallows were over W lake for a while and a couple of Sand Martins. A Coot with 4 chicks on W lake. The Robin pix below feature a male attempting courtship feeding by offering a berry to a female who wouldn’t take the bait, and the adult Heron was standing on the main E lake boardwalk on a section that has been temporarily closed off while nearby works are taking place. By the same section of boardwalk was the lovely Water Vole.

Cosmeston

During a circuit this morning, a Lesser Whitethroat still singing in the snipe enclosure, and still refusing to show, c.10 Sand Martins and a couple of Swallows over the lakes, Common Whitethroat still on territory by the dipping pond, 1 poss 2 Reed Warblers singing in the E lake reeds, and a male Reed Bunting singing there. Leps of interest on Tuesday were Orange Tip and a Dingy Skipper [see photo], and a Large Red Damselfly. There were 3 active Coot nests that I could see. Some misc pix below.

Heol y Cyw

Garden observations from the weekend. Friday 22nd heard first Cuckoo moving through the woodland. Didn’t stay and moved quickly northward towards higher ground. Also saw first Swallows over the garden (pair) but they also moved on after a short spell of hawking around.

Plenty of singing birds daily including Chiffchaff and Blackcap with more distant Willow Warbler in next field over. Observed mating Woodpigeons, Collared Doves and Green Woodpeckers. Mistle Thrush, Goldfinches and Bullfinches also appeared paired up. Young Robin seen with parent and empty egg found on ground that looks like Song Thrush.

Flyover by two Greylag Geese was unusual sighting for the garden.

Rest Bay to Kenfig NNR and back early Saturday afternoon

A few Linnets seen, and then heard 3 or 4 Whitethroat and Chiffchaff, 5 or 6 Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and Dunnocks (seen and heard), 2 Wren, 1 Cetti’s Warbler gave a short burst not far from the lake, my first Wheatear sighting of the year (and that only happened because a tee shot we were watching almost landed on its head sending him or her flying off at high speed!). 1 Sparrow Hawk (seen) and watched a male Peregrine for a while finishing off its breakfast of a bird which, judging by its long dark tail feather, had not long before, been larger than the raptor! On the return trip heard a single Whimbrel call which led us to a flock of 6 flying up from and then down onto the rocks. Single Swallow making its way westwards along the shore.

Cosmeston

Nothing too exciting but 2 new birds for my year, albeit heard only – Lesser Whitethroat singing in brambles on the right about 200m past the dragonfly pond, and a Reed Warbler singing in the reeds by the main boardwalk. The pair of Gadwall were still present on W lake.

Kenfig NNR

16 folk came along to the Monthly Public Walk at Kenfig on Saturday, good to see some old friends.
We found 51 Species! The highlights were a Brent Goose on the pool, rare for this location, lots of singing Whitethroat, one with nesting material, and a Sedge Warbler.
Full List-
Brent Goose (Not sure if dark or light bellied, seen at a distance, several observers.), Canada Goose, Greylag Goose , Mute Swan, Shoveler, Gadwall, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Feral Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Moorhen, Coot, Great Crested Grebe, Lapwing, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull , Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Raven, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Skylark, Sand Martin, Swallow, Cetti’s Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Wren, Starling, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Robin, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Linnet, Goldfinch.
Thanks to everyone for coming, and to Dave Carrington for leading. Here’s some of the group searching for that final species! Thx to John Western for the pic.

Cosmeston

Little & large from Cosmeston today. Quite like the soaring Buzzard as it’s looking sideways and you can see its face. The Wren was singing by the Mile Road. Also a non-avian pic – there are some nice patches of Cowslips dotted around the park. Obv pretty busy atm with many folk with kids heading for the play park. Plenty of people who cannot apparently read, feeding the swans etc whilst standng next to the many signs around the place alerting to the risk of avian flu and requesting people to NOT feed the wildfowl.

Various

Recent activity of interest that hasn’t appeared on here. Sand Martins are inspecting the holes in the wall of the old Channel Dry Dock [past N end of the Cardiff Bay barrage], a male Pied Flycatcher turned up at Cosmeston on Tues 12th, then back to the Bay, a Common Tern yesterday [apparently still present this morning] together with a male Wheatear on the outer Barrage rocks and a White Wagtail.