April 2021

Highlights: A 1st-winter Bonaparte’s Gull, which had previously been at Cardiff Bay in February, returned after a sojourn over the border in Gloucestersire and was then joined by an adult bird, with both subsequently remaining until the month end. A Ring-necked Duck was still frequenting Lisvane Reservoir. Two Turtle Doves were reported from Nash Point (27th). A Great Grey Shrike as found in the forestry near Craig y Llyn, Hirwaun (11th-12th). A Woodlark was briefly at Lavernock (11th). An Avocet was present at the mouth of the Rhymney River (3rd). A Russian White-fronted Goose remained at Kenfig until mid-month. A Great Northern Diver was off Sker. Ospreys were recorded at Llwyn-onn Reservoir and Kenfig, where the first Hobby was also seen (14th). A particularly good passage of Bar-tailed Godwits was enjoyed, with several hundred noted along the coast between Ogmore and Kenfig, along with 100+ past Lavernock. Greenshanks passed through at Ogmore Estuary, Llanilid and Parc Slip. A Green Sandpiper at Kenfig was an unusual spring sighting there. A good count of 24 Purple Sandpipers was made at Porthcawl. Four Arctic Skuas were logged off Sker, with a single from Lavernock. A noteworthy arrival of 12 Little Gulls occurred at Cardiff Bay (24th). Several Arctic Terns called in at Sker. A Black Redstart was at Llantrisant. An early Whinchat was at Cwm Cadlan (3rd). Ring Ouzels visited Dare Valley Country Park, Cog Moors WwTW and Cosmeston. A Wood Warbler stopped off at Kenfig. Migrant Pied Flycatchers graced Pant Norton, Llanilid and Groeswen (Caerphilly). Four or five Hawfinches were seen at St Fagans. Two Bramblings visited a garden feeding station in Southerndown.
Summary by Paul Roberts

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