May 2020

Highlights: A breeding plumaged male Grey Phalarope stopped off to refuel for a day at Sker Pool (29th). A Hoopoe was seen over the A465 near Hirwaun (4th). A male Golden Oriole was reported over a Cardiff garden (10th). A Long-tailed Duck lingered until early in the month at Kenfig Pool. A Quail was calling at Mynydd Eglwysilan. Two Little Terns and a Storm Petrel were off Sker Point. Hobbies were noted at Ogmore Estuary, Bridgend (singles at Island Farm and near the town centre), Garth, Cyncoed, Roath and Porth. A Cuckoo was at Merthyr Mawr Warren. Four Greenshanks called in at Ogmore Estuary, where two Little Egrets appeared late in the month. A Little Owl was at Old Castle Down. Hawfinches were observed at two locations in the vicinity of Bridgend. Some Crossbill dispersal was observed, including 11 at Bridgend (28th) and five over Lisvane Reservoir (29th). Summary by Paul Roberts

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