September 2021

Highlights: A Hoopoe which frequented Sker (15th – 23rd) not surprisingly proved a popular draw. A female Ring-necked Duck at Cardiff Bay (from 26th) was considered likely to be a returning bird present in the Bay, Cosmeston Lakes and Lisvane Reservoir in the last winter period. A Dotterel flew over calling at Mynydd y Glyn, Porth (14th). A Wryneck was a good patch find at Perthcelyn, Mountain Ash (5th). A juvenile Caspian Gull was seen on the Associated British Ports building, Cardiff Bay (3rd). A Manx Shearwater high east over Abercwmboi (11th) was a noteworthy inland record.Other Sites: Five Brent Geese flew down channel past Ogmore-by-Sea. A Great White Egret turned up at Kenfig rivermouth. An Osprey was tracked flying from Lavernock to Cardiif Bay (4th), while a series of sightings later in the month from Sker, Ogmore Estuary, Dunraven Bay and Aberthaw probably all related to a single individual. A wing-tagged Marsh Harrier at Dunraven was traced to a nest near Loddon, Norfolk, from earlier this year, while further occurrences of this species came from Lavernock and Kenfig. Merlins were at Aberhaw and Sker, while Hobbies were logged at Kenfig, Dunraven and Lavernock. Waders of note included Curlew Sandpiper at Newton and Ruff at Cadoxton rivermouth, with Greenshanks at Ogmore Estuary and Kenfig. A Great Skua was off Sker. The only Arctic Tern sighting came from Cardiff Bay. A Ring Ouzel was heard in coastal scrub at Ogmore rivermouth. Pied Flycatchers stopped off at Dunraven and Llanilid. Movements of Jays were reported from various localities, including a flock of 40+ at Southerndown.
Summary by Paul Roberts

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