My two brothers and I drove down to Cardiff to do a bit of Christmas shopping today, and I took the opportunity to get a bit of birding in.
First, a walk at Cosmeston Lakes proved unproductive, with no sign of the Caspian Gull which was seen a few days ago, or any of the Yellow-Legged Gulls which were around. A Grey Heron, several Cormorant and a Reed Bunting were seen as well as all of the usual gulls, ducks and grebes.
Next we headed to Penarth Marina, where reasonable views were had of two (possibly three) first-winter/female Black Redstarts, which were nice to see. Also in the area where a couple of Redshank and Turnstone, both Pied Wagtail and Grey Wagtail, and also a pair of Blackcap which are presumably wintering.
Our final bird related stop was at the Cardiff Bay wetlands reserve, where a very quick visit provided distant views of the wintering drake LESSER SCAUP amongst the Tufted Duck. Good numbers of Reed Bunting were present and showed well, along with a few Teal which put in a brief appearance. A male Kingfisher also showed well just before I left.