Martin Bevan and myself decided to nip over to Llan Wood near Pontypridd and have a look for Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. As is the case when you go looking for such a bird you dip frequently and today was no exception. In fact the wood was very quiet overall today.
Martin then suggested we go down to Cosmeston and have a gander at the Lesser Scaup. The bird was found straight away at a distance about the same as the Little Bunting at Forest Farm, 2 yards away. Walking around we found at least 9 Chiffchaffs, observed a Great Crested Grebe catching quite a big fish, two Mute Swans having one hell of a fight right in front of us and also
We then decamped to Cardiff Bay to look for the Little Gull and the Bonaparte's Gull. Walking in we met Alex Bevan who told us there had been no sign of either. We had a quick chat, he gave us a quick run down of his Ethiopia trip. Sounded really good. No sign of either gull for us either, it did not help as neither of us had a scope as we had not planned on going there today.
We then went over to the other side of the bay to look for Black Redstarts. We parked and walked down through the houses with no luck. Over onto the barrage where we bumped into Gareth Jenkins who was also looking for the gulls and was also dipping. We had another chat and then walked back where a local birder had just found a female Black Redstart so saving our trip.