November 2020

Cardiff: Sightings from Cardiff Bay included Caspian Gull (28th – 30th), Grey Phalarope (1st – 4th), Bearded Tit and Black Redstart. Another Black Redstart was at Rumney Great Wharf, where Woodlark and Merlin were also reported. Llanishen/Lisvane Reservoirs held White-fronted Goose (5th), Whooper Swan (29th), Great Northern Diver and five Common Scoters.
Kenfig: A late Red-necked Phalarope turned up on a small flood at Sker (4th). Further tardy occurrences concerned Common Redstart (4th), Lesser Whitethroat (5th), Wheatear (8th) and Arctic Tern (10th). A group of eight Great Northern Divers off Sker was exceptional, with three Red-breasted Mergansers, six Purple Sandpipers, Merlin, up to nine Choughs and a Yellowhammer also noted from there. Bittern, Marsh Harrier and Jack Snipe were seen at the Pool.
Vale of Glamorgan: A female Ring-necked Duck was back at Cosmeston, after a short absence. Woodlark, Firecrest and four Hawfinches were observed at Lavernock. A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Pant Norton. A Water Pipit and two Common Sandpipers were on Ogmore Estuary. Black Redstarts were logged at Norton Farm, Ogmore Farm, Nash Point, St Athan and Swanbridge. A Firecrest was at St Mary’s Well Bay.
Other Sites: A female Ring-necked Duck visited both Rhaslas Pond (19th) and Bute Town Pond (27th), constituting the third individual of this species this autumn in East Glamorgan. Yellow-browed Warblers were logged at Newton Burrows and Senghenydd. A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was a good find at Bryn, Llanbradach. A Hawfinch visited a Cwmbach garden. A Hen Harrier flew through at Laleston. Porthcawl saw an Eider (Newton Point), Great Northern Diver, Merlin, several Choughs and a maximum of 40 Mediterranean Gulls (Rest Bay to Nottage). 
Summary by Paul Roberts

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