September 2020

Highlights: A Turtle Dove turned up at Lavernock (21st ). A Honey Buzzard over Pant y Cwteri, Ogmore was a good site record (10th ). A juvenile Caspian Gull was identified at Cosmeston (3rd ). Six Whooper Swans flew east over Aberdare (28th ). A very early Yellow-browed Warbler was heard at Mynwent Penyrheol, Caephilly (21st ). Four Cattle Egrets (29th ) and three Great White Egrets were noted at Kenfig, with another of the latter species found at Bute Town Pond, Rhymney (1st ). Two Red-throated Divers – an adult and its attendant juvenile – were close inshore at Newton Point (22nd). Several Marsh Harriers were seen at Kenfig, while at least two were still frequenting crop fields at Durval Farm and Dunraven, with yet another passing Lavernock. Ospreys were moving past Cardiff Heliport and Penywaun. Merlins were observed at Kenfig, Dunraven and Laleston (Bridgend), with Hobbies from Pant Norton, Ty’n-y-Caeau Farm, Kenfig and
Cosmeston. A Spotted Redshank was heard flying south over Cosmeston and
then Lavernock. Single Ruffs were recorded at Lavernock, Kenfig, Ogmore Estuary and Newton, where a Curlew Sandpiper and three Bar-tailed Godwits were also present. A Green Sandpiper was at Ogmore Estuary. A Little Gull was briefly at Newton. Short-eared Owls were at Nash Point and Lavernock. Yellow Wagtails were fairly poorly represented, excepting a gathering of 50 at Rumney Great Wharf. Both Pied Flycatcher and Grasshopper Warbler were observed at Kenfig. Firecrests occurred at Dunraven and Maesteg Cemetery.
Summary by Paul Roberts

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