May 2021

Highlights: A female Black-headed Wagtail was an excellent find at Cardiff Bay (14th), where two Bonaparte’s Gulls remained at the start of the month. A Turtle Dove was briefly at Merthyr Mawr Warren (11th). A Hooded Crow was reported from Cowbridge (6th). A drake Garganey called in at Hamadryad Park, Cardiff Bay (2nd). A Great White Egret visited Llanilid (30th), with a Little Stint at a nearby private site (31st). Seawatching obserations from Lavernock included seven Pomarine Skuas (9th), 10 Black Terns (9th), eight Arctic Skuas (3rd), eight Great Northern Divers (21st) and maximum eight Storm Petrels. Porthcawl also recorded Pomarine Skua (3rd), along with two Arctic Skuas and up to eight Storm Petrels. Two Arctic Terns graced Cardiff Bay. A Short-eared Owl was seen at Kenfig. A Hobby was at Monknash. A Nightjar was a surprise arrival to a Splott garden, roosting on a fence.
Summary by Paul Roberts

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