October 2021

Kenfig: A Hoopoe which was discovered in September at Sker made a brief reappearance there (1st), with seven Cattle Egrets and 161 Jays noted flying through on the same day at the Pool. Two Whooper Swans dropped in, but were soon chased off by the resident Mutes (25th). A Woodlark was seen in flight only (15th). Further sightings in the area included Bittern, Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Jack Snipe, Short-eared Owl and a late Garden Warbler (16th).

Other Sites: A Ring-necked Duck remained at Cardiff Bay, but also briefly visited Cosmeston. A Spoonbill was observed over the Thaw Valley, headed for Aberthaw (9th), with five later the same morning flying north-west over the latter site (9th). A juvenile Gyr Falcon of unknown origin at Cardiff Bay was an intriguing record (30th). The first Water Pipit of the autumn turned up at Ogmore Estuary (31st).  Visible migration watches at Lavernock reaped two Woodlarks (10th), while on the 26th, Hawfinch, 20 Bramblings and 11, 500 Redwings moved through. Ospreys graced Nash Point (1st), Dunraven (8th) and Ogmore Estuary (17th – 23nd). A Hen Harrier flew east at Ogmore Estuary (25th), while Marsh Harriers were recorded at Merthyr Mawr Warren, Flemingston Moor and Kenfig. Merlins were logged at a minimum of seven locations. A Hobby was seen flying out to sea at Southerndown. Three Green Sandpipers were at Llanilid. An Arctic Skua passed Lavernock. Black Redstarts were at Aberthaw and Cardiff Bay Barrage, both regular sites for the species. A Firecrest was at Norton, Ogmore. A remarkable 300 Jays coasted west at Dunraven (6th). Up to four Choughs were at Irongate Point and Lock’s Common in Porthcawl, most likely visitors from the Vale of Glamorgan population.
Summary by Paul Roberts

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