Highlights: A Serin dropped in briefly at Nash Point lighthouse compound, before flying off east (24th), constituting the first in the East Glamorgan recording area since 1972. Almost as rare locally was the Shore Lark at Newton Point (10th to 11th), not having been recorded in our area since 1976. A late Red-backed Shrike lingered around the northern periphery of Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, between Nottage and Pink Bay (15th to 29th). Richard’s Pipits were noted at Nash Point and Sker (both on the 13th). A Slavonian Grebe was at Kenfig (10th). A Long-tailed Duck at Lisvane Reservoir, first seen in October, made it until the start of the month, while another lingered on a flood at Sker (9th until the month end). Up to five Woodlarks were present at Lavernock, including a group of four in stubble (24th), with another two found at Newton Burrows (11th). Both Siberian Chiffchaff and Yellow-browed Warbler frequented Kenfig. A Lapland Bunting flew over Sker (17th). Snow Buntings were at Pink Bay/Sker (two on the 4th), Dunraven (8th) and The Knap, Barry (11th to 22nd).
Other Sites: A Great Northern Diver flew inland at Dunraven. Another Great Northern Diver was off Sker, where a maximum of 13 Red-throated Divers was counted. Up to six Pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Aberthaw. Cosmeston and Cardiff Bay hosted single Greater Scaup. A maximum of 32 Goosanders was at Caerphilly Castle Moat. A Common Scoter was an unusual occurrence at Cardiff Bay. A Great White Egret was seen at Abercwmboi Lake, perhaps a returning bird. A Marsh Harrier was observed on several occasions at Kenfig. Merlins were logged at Mynydd Eglwysilan, Kenfig, Southerndown, Merthyr Mawr and Barry. Waders included Bar-tailed Godwit at Flemingston, Ruff, Common Sandpiper and four Purple Sandpipers at Ogmore Estuary, four Purple Sandpipers at Newton Point and seven Green Sandpipers of the River Ely, near Pendoylan. Short-eared Owls were noted at Rumney Great Wharf, Llanilid and Sker. Late records on the 27th concerned a Swallow at Lavernock and a Garden Warbler at St Mary’s Well Bay. Water Pipits were at Ogmore Estuary (two) and Sker. Black Redstarts were noted from Cardiff Bay Wetland Reserve, Dunraven, Gileston, Llantwit Major, Sker and Trecco Bay, Porthcawl. Firecrests occurred at St Donat’s (two), St Mary’s Well Bay, Lavernock and Kenfig. Summary by Paul Roberts.