My aim is to see at least 200 different species in Britain in 2019. Fingers crossed!
1 January, from Penarth, around Cardiff Bay & back to Penarth (off to a great start)
1. Lesser black-backed gull
My first two birds for the year in one photo.
3. Feral pigeon
4. House sparrow
9. Carrion crow
10. Great tit
11. Blue tit
13. Pied wagtail
15. Mistle thrush
17. Black-headed gull
Black-headed gulls at their ablutions.
This is a male Goosander but I saw both male and female around the Bay today.
21. Great crested grebe
Surprisingly, this pair of Great crested grebes were displaying, which is usually part of their springtime pre-mating behaviour.
22. Little grebe
It was a good day for grebes at the Bay. This Little grebe was in the pond at the wetlands but there were several others, in the Rivers Ely and Taff and in the larger wetlands area.
25. Herring gull
26. Grey wagtail
30. Rock pipit
31. Common gull
32. Grey heron
33. Black-necked grebe
34. Tufted duck
35. Song thrush
37. Mute swan
39. Long-tailed tit
41. Cetti’s warbler
43. Reed bunting
46. Mediterranean gull
47. Meadow pipit
2 January, Penarth and Cosmeston Lakes Country Park
48. Collared dove
50. Canada goose
51. Coal tit
53. Water rail
56. Green woodpecker
3 January, Penarth-Lavernock coastal path, Lavernock, Cosmeston
This is probably the reason I didn’t spot very many small birds on my walk along the coastal path today – all the small birds were lying low!
I’m used to enjoying the glorious summertime songs of Skylarks in the sky above but this winter I’ve seen several small flocks of Skylarks feeding in local farmers’ fields. Lovely!
4 January, Cardiff Bay
68. Great black-backed gull
5 January, Penarth
70. Tawny owl
Heard – loud, very close, initially quite spooky – but sadly not seen. However, a Twitter friend has also heard it in the same spot recently so we’ll both be keeping an eye out when we pass that way again.
6 January, Cosmeston Lakes Country Park
71. Great spotted woodpecker
72. Marsh tit
8 January, Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve
75. Bearded tit
9 January, Parc Slip Nature Reserve
76. Siberian chiffchaff
10 January, Penarth Marina
11 January, Sully beach & playing fields, and St Mary’s Well Bay field
78. Grey plover
Four Grey plover flew in to Sully beach, with a Dunlin friend – that’s the small bird second from left.
Just a few of the 27 Curlew that were grazing on the playing fields at Sully this morning (and a few Woodpigeons in the foreground).
13 January, Whiteford Point & Llanrhidian Marsh
82. Little egret
A dull grainy photo as we saw these two not long after sunrise, in the estuary at Penclawdd, en route to Whiteford Point.
88. Jack snipe
Just a brief view of a couple of birds in flight, but a lifer for me
89. Brent goose
91. Slavonian grebe
92. Red-breasted merganser
93. Great northern diver
94. Black-tailed godwit
Such a contrast between the tiny Sanderling next to the much larger Oystercatchers – little and large!
96. Golden plover
A great murmuration over the marsh, late in the day – a wonderful sight
97. Red kite
98. Great white egret
16 January, Kenfig pool, Porthcawl & Newton Point
100. Cattle egret
101. Purple sandpiper
21 January, River Taff at Radyr
30 January, Forest Farm
11 February, Sully
14 February, Cardiff
As in many British cities, Cardiff has resident Peregrines that have replaced their former cliff-side nesting places with convenient niches on the sides and tops of buildings. For several years, a pair has nested on the tower of City Hall, which is where I spotted this bird today.
17 February, Dryslwyn & Kidwelly
106. Greylag goose
107. Stock dove
108. Whooper swan
109. Long-tailed duck
110. Spotted redshank
111. Hen harrier
1 March, Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve
6 March, Cannop Ponds, Forest of Dean
114. Lesser redpoll
9 March, Cuckmere Haven & Seaford, East Sussex
115. Glossy ibis
A lucky sighting, as a bird just happened to be in the Cuckmere area when I visited this gorgeous place.
These gorgeous gulls nest on cliffs at the eastern end of Seaford beach, so I couldn’t resist seeing them while visiting a friend in the local area.
11 March, Rye Harbour, East Sussex
117. Ringed plover
Unfortunately, the birds, about a dozen in total (mostly centre left in my photo), were too distant for decent images.
20 March, Alfriston, East Sussex
119. Red-legged partridge