A pair of Yellow-crowned Weavers (also known as Bishops) Euplectes afer were seen by John Shepherd at Swansea Vale on the 25th. Today, on his walk to work, Alastair Flannagan saw them in much the same place where John had seen them and called to let me know. Whilst clearly escapes (rather than migrants from the feral Iberian population!), these African birds were particularly striking and seemed quite at home living free. To check them out for yourself, walk the new stretch of the cycle path at SS680988. Note, there are a couple of other sensitive species breeding at the site so please stay on the track.