March 2021

Highlights: Early first arrival dates were Common Redstart (Whitchurch, 11 th ), House
Martin (Dunraven, 30 th ), Cuckoo (Radyr, 31 st ) and Reed Warbler (Parc Tredelerch,
31 st ). A Richard’s Pipit was photographed in flight at Newton, heading off towards
Ogmore (1 st ). The wintering female Ring-necked Duck, which had been frequenting
Cardiff Bay, spread its wings as far as Lisvane Reservoir. An Avocet was seen early in
the month at Ogmore Estuary, before later being seen in flight over Kenfig Pool and
then again at Ogmore Estuary (30 th ). An Avocet at Llanishen Reservoir (22 nd ) and one
reported from Aberthaw could feasibly relate to the same individual. Siberian
Chiffchaffs were logged at Kenfig, Burrows Well and Cardiff Bay. Two Garganeys
arrived at Kenfig, but didn’t appear to linger. Great White Egrets were logged over J34
of the M4 and Ogmore Estuary, where four Little Egrets were also present. An Osprey
was noted over Forest Farm (27 th ). A Hen Harrier was observed flying off from
Newbridge Fields, Bridgend, towards Merthyr Mawr. Merlins were at Kenfig, Newton
and Ogmore Estuary, where two Common Sandpipers and a Green Sandpiper were
still wintering. The only Short-eared Owls were two at Rumney Great Wharf. Cardiff
Bay hosted both Little Gull and Yellow-legged Gull. Noteable Water Pipit counts came
from the Watermill, Ogmore Estuary (five) and Rumney Great Wharf (seven). Black
Redstarts occurred at Rumney Great Wharf, Sully, Aberthaw, Southerndown, Coity
and Llangynwydd. Firecrests were found at Burrows Well, Boverton, Bute Park and
Nantgarw. At least seven Hawfinches were still at Cosmeston, with two by the trig
point at Craig Llysfaen, Rudry.
Summary by Paul Roberts

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