January 2021

Highlights: A Russian White-fronted Goose remained at Kenfig, with a flock of 21 seen flying past Sker. Brent Geese comprised a maximum of 25 Pale-bellied at Aberthaw and a family group of five Dark-bellied commuting between Newton Point and Ogmore Estuary. Cardiff Bay hosted Ring-necked Duck, Long-tailed Duck and Scaup. Two Red-breasted Mergansers were seen off Porthcawl. The Ogmore Estuary Goldeneye flock peaked at 39. A Black-throated Diver was off Sker. Single Cattle Egrets were found at Bonvilston and Dinas Powys. Bitterns were observed at Cardiff Bay and Kenfig. Two Marsh Harriers frequented Kenfig. Two Common Sandpipers were on the River Cynon at Mountain Ash, while at least two were still wintering at Ogmore Estuary. A Green Sandpiper was at Cog Moors. A juvenile Caspian Gull was regular at Cardiff Bay, with another individual of the same age seen on one day only. This site also held up to six Yellow-legged Gulls, while another was noted at Cosmeston. A juvenile Kumlien’s Gull was seen regularly over a couple of weeks at Ogmore Estuary, but also called in briefly at Kenfig Pool. An Iceland Gull was seen in flight only at Rumney Great Wharf. A Short-eared Owl was reported at Rhoose. One or two Water Pipits were at Ogmore Estuary. Black Redstarts were logged at Rumney Great Wharf, Gileston and Cwm Mawr. Firecrests graced Penarth Head and Kenfig. A minimum of 10 Hawfinches turned up at Cosmeston. 
Summary by Paul Roberts

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