August 2019

Bridgend: An Osprey was seen over Bridgend town (24th). Storm Petrels were noted off Sker and Porthcawl, with two Artic Skuas and a Great Skua also from the latter site. Little Ringed Plover, Greenshank and up to five Green Sandpipers were logged at Kenfig. A Nightjar was seen over the M4, near Sarn (1st). A Pied Flycatcher was at Cwm Ffos, Parc Slip (3rd).

Cardiff: A Little Egret was on the River Taff at Blackweir. A Manx Shearwater (5th) and a Gannet (11th) were both displaced to Cardiff Bay. Also present there were several Yellow-legged Gulls and a Pied Flycatcher (at the Wetlands Reserve, 13th).

Rhondda Cynon Taff: An Ortolan Bunting at Caerlan Farm, near Penhiwfer, was an excellent discovery (26th), but sadly didn’t appear to linger. Two Wood Sandpipers and three Green Sandpipers were at Llanilid (1st). Sightings from Rhaslas Pond included Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Redshank, Green Sandpiper and Stock Dove.

Vale of Glamorgan: A Wryneck turned up at Ogmore Estuary (25th) and was still present at the month end. Both Storm Petrel and Arctic Skua passed Lavernock, with three Arctic Skuas and 1,000 Manx Shearwaters from St Donats on the same day (10th). A Hen Harrier drifted over Barry (23rd). A Goshawk was over Llantwit Major (10th). A noteworthy movement of 62 Tree Pipits was observed at Lavernock (25th). A flock of 20 Yellow Wagtails was in harrowed fields at Durval Farm, St Brides Major. Pied Flycatchers were observed at Pant Norton (21st) and Summerhouse Point (two, on 26th). Several Choughs were on the Heritage Coast.

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