My 30 Days Wild challenge has been a whirlwind tour of Cardiff’s feathery, creepy and totally wild residents, and it’s only fitting on the last few days I’ve seen a few of them all grown up! As well as myself growing as a person through the things I’ve learnt, it seems the wildlife has been at it too.
The last 2 evenings I spent in Cardiff Bay, seemingly the only place in Cardiff left with a breeze that can cool us all off in this heatwave! The bay itself was still and the skies have been clear blue, with the odd gull floating past on the god send of a breeze.
I bumped into some juvenile magpies, moulting their plumage from when they were a chick and developing their glossy adult feathers. They were hopping between the dried, dead grass and bickering between themselves.
Towards the water I could hear the calls of at least a dozen Great Crested Grebes who were further out to sea, some with young, some without. It seems a few were defending their chicks whilst others were a little more amorous! But closer to the shore were a few families of coots nesting around the reedbeds.
There were young in the nest, probably a few weeks old and losing their punky dos in favour of their more demure adult plumage. But it didn’t stop them being their parent’s little chicks! This adult was preening and cooing over this chick who had just come out of the water.
Watching over all of this was a herring gull in it’s 2nd summer outfit – not quite adult, but not juvenile any more. A mixture of it’s 1st winter mottled plumage and the smart adult colouring. It was waiting for a quick snack as there were people picnicking nearby, it’s learnt fast!
And despite the unforgiving sun, the wildflower here seemed to be doing ok between the scorched grass and the cool bay water. Oxeye daisies are clinging to life for as long as they can whilst purple loosestrife looked phenomenally fuchsia in the evening sun – a favourite of pollinators!
Overall a lovely end to a choc-a-block month full of wild goodness. I’ll be finishing up with a recap post at some point so keep an eye out for that! If you’ve enjoyed reading these, please like the ones you liked best and I’ll be able to do more content like that in the future!
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