October 2020

Highlights: Twelve Yellow-browed Warblers were noted from nine sites, as follows: one at Lavernock (5th), one at Dare Valley Country Park (11th), two at Dunraven (13th), one in a Barry garden (13th), two at Llanilid (13th), one in a Bridgend garden (15th), one at Cosmeston (21st), two at Kenfig (22nd) and one at Norton Wood, Ogmore (28th). Two immature Ring-necked Ducks commuted between Cosmeston and Cardiff Bay. Cattle Egrets called in at Flemingston Moor (4th) and Kenfig (22nd), where a Long-tailed Duck was also seen (25th). Woodlarks were picked up on visible migration watches at Dunraven (two on 14th) and Lavernock (singles on the 15th and 20th). 

Brent Geese totalled eight at Aberthaw and one at Ogmore Estuary. A Scaup was at Kenfig Pool. Great White Egrets comprised one seen over Merthyr Mawr Warren and then Kenfig (5th), one at Lamby (11th), one past Lavernock (15th) and another at Kenfig (18th). At least two Bitterns were at Kenfig, where two Marsh Harriers were frequently observed. Hen Harriers were found at Nash Point and Groeswen (Caerphilly). Merlins were at Ogmore Estuary, Lavernock, Mynydd Bach (Maesteg) and Kenfig. A Curlew Sandpiper was at Newton (17th). A late Arctic Tern dropped in at Kenfig Pool (26th). Short-eared Owls graced Lavernock and Kenfig. Away from the stronghold of the Vale of Glamorgan coast, Choughs wandered as far as Rest Bay (three) and Sker (nine). The first Black Redstart of the autumn was in a Radyr garden.  Ring Ouzels were seen on two dates at Mynydd Bach, with another at Dare Valley Country Park. The only Firecrest sightings came from Nottage and Pentyrch. 

Summary by Paul Roberts

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