April 2020

Highlights: The undoubted highlight was a male Montagu’s Harrier, which spent a day hunting over Merthyr Mawr Warren (21st), being the first confirmed in the recording area since 1974. A Purple Heron was at Kenfig, where Garganey, Red-crested Pochard, Greenshank and Green Sandpiper were also noted. Nearby at Sker, a male Blue-headed Wagtail was the pick, with a supporting cast of Little Tern and Black Redstart. Fly over Ospreys were observed at Cardiff Bay, Nantgarw, Llantrisant, Maesteg, Bridgend and Kenfig. A male Hen Harrier was near Merthyr Tydfil. Both Hobby and Merlin were seen from Bridgend gardens. Records from Ogmore Estuary included Water Pipit, two Little Ringed Plovers, Green Sandpiper, two Greenshanks, Knot, maximum 20 Whimbrels, small numbers of Bar-tailed Godwits, two Yellow Wagtails, Cetti’s Warbler and two Grasshopper Warblers (the latter from Pant Norton). Additional Cetti’s Warblers were logged at Cadoxton Pools and Ewenny Moor. Bar-tailed Godwits and Whimbrels stopped off at Sully and Barry. Cardiff Bay hosted a Little Gull, a Black Redstart and two Yellow Wagtails. Migrant Pied Flycatcher and Hawfinch were nice finds at Merthyr Mawr Warren. A passing Ring Ouzel called in at Pant St Bride’s.  Summary by Paul Roberts

One thought on “April 2020

  1. Karen Price

    I walk by the Old Harbour, Barry, regularly. In the past week, i have seen 2 curlew, 6 redshanks. There were 2 pairs of resident shelducks near one of the boat wrecks, but ive only seen 3 recently.

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