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.
2 Wheatears were on the beach opposite the St. Helen’s ground at 6.20 p.m.
15 Brent Geese flew in and landed just offshore at West Cross at high tide on Friday morning.
Coots were on a nest in Brynmill Park, Swansea:
A Blackcap was singing this evening in the Clyne Valley.
2 Chiffchaffs were calling along the River Tawe this morning; another was at Pluck Lake, where Mute Swans were nestbuilding.
In the Clyne Valley, another 2 Chiffchaffs were calling, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers were seen or heard, and Blue Tits were entering the nest-hole used last year by Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers. The Spring sunshine brought out 5 Brimstones, 4 Peacocks, and 1 Red Admiral and 1 Comma.
On the lake yesterday were 15 Tufted Ducks, 1 male Gadwall trying to mate with a female Mallard, 1 male Wigeon, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorants, Mallards, Coots, Moorhens.
A male Gadwall was a first sighting for me on the lake, following around a female Mallard. A Wigeon was another first on the lake for me a couple of days ago.
Two Wheatears were on and around the 7th green at Blackpill Golf Course at 5.30 p.m.
A Peregrine flew over Blackpill Beach at 8 p.m., heading towards the city centre.
Around 50 Whimbrels, 100 Oystercatchers, and 10 Dunlins, at high tide this evening.
Around 100 Whimbrels in two flocks between Blackpill and West Cross this evening (some can be seen in the video above). 1 Swift flew in off the sea.
Tawny Owl seen and heard hooting at dusk, and a few Redwings flying around. Owl’s hooting was a feeble, wheezy attempt, as if it had a sore throat.
There was a single Wheatear in the dunes along Swansea Beach opposite St. Helen’s this evening – the first I’ve seen along here this Autumn.