Recent Patch Stuff – 23-29/x/14

Since seeing the Kentish Plover, I’ve done a bit more birding on the patch.

A quick visit to Brynmill park on the 23rd, produced very little other than the resident Ring-Necked Parakeet being heard only.

Another visit there on the 27th was slightly more productive, with the long staying Coot being seen, along with the Ring-Necked Parakeet. Numbers of Tufted Duck had increased from eight to nine, and a juvenile Grey Wagtail showed well.

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Later, at Singleton Park, good numbers of common woodland species were seen, with the highlights being eight Mistle Thrush, a Treecreeper, three Nuthatch and a Great-Spotted Woodpecker.

On the 29th, a visit to Blackpill produced nothing out of the ordinary, with a Bar-Tailed Godwit, 434 Oystercatcher, 75 Curlew, 241 Herring Gull, eight Great Black-Backed Gull, seventeen Lesser Black-Backed Gull, only 41 Black-Headed Gull and 20 Mediterranean Gull. Good numbers of passerines were in the pines on the pitch and putt, with a few Goldcrest, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Long-Tailed Tit, Chaffinch and Greenfinch.

Another visit to Brynmill Park produced a new high figure of sixteen Tufted Duck. Other notable species were a Grey WagtailGrey Heron and a Cormorant.

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The long-staying Coot also showed well.

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