August 2020

Highlights: Storm Francis saw the arrival of a smattering of seabirds (notably small numbers of Storm Petrels, Arctic Skuas and a Great Skua) to coastal locations, but overall failed to live up to its promise. A Great White Egret was at Kenfig. Ospreys were noted from Kenfig and the Ely Floodplain. Marsh Harriers were observed at Lavernock, Kenfig and Durval Farm, where two lingered, hunting over the arable crops. Merlins were seen at Nash Point and Southerndown. A few Hobby sightings were made at Kenfig. Several Arctic Terns visited Kenfig, with another two (plus 11 Common Terns) at Newton Point. Five Little Terns were found at Kenfig rivermouth, where seven Sandwich Terns were also present. Wader sightings included Curlew Sandpiper at Sker, Greenshanks from Cardiff Bay and Kenfig, Green Sandpipers from Lisvane Reservoir and Kenfig, plus 12 Black-tailed Godwits and a Knot at Ogmore Estuary. A Yellow-legged Gull was at Cardiff Bay. A few Whinchats started to appear towards the month end, with three at Kenfig. Migrant Pied Flycatchers were logged at Kenfig, Tir Founder Fields (Aberdare), Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve, Silurian Park (Cardiff) and Cosmeston. Six Spotted Flycatchers were together at Taf Bargoed Community Park. Summary by Paul Roberts

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