November 2021

Highlights: Two Ring-necked Ducks – adult female and 1st-winter female – were seen at both Cardiff Bay and Lisvane Reservoir, with the adult also briefly visiting Cosmeston. A 2nd-winter Caspian Gull at Cardiff Bay was thought to possibly be a returning individual from last winter. A Black-throated Diver was off Sker (27th). Siberian Chiffchaffs were discovered at Kenfig, Lavernock and Cosmeston. The only Yellow-browed Warbler sighting came from Newbridge Fields, Bridgend. Snow Buntings occurred at Mynydd y Gaer, Porthcawl and Kenfig, but all in flight only. Three Ruddy Shelducks were observed flying out to sea from Sker (5th). A swift species, considered possibly Pallid, passed through at Rudry Common (7th). 
Other Sites: At Aberthaw Brent Geese peaked at 15, the majority being Pale-bellied. Three Greater Scaup were on the Kenfig Pool, with four Eider off Sker, where at least four Great Northern Divers were also present. A Great White Egret flew out to sea at Lavernock. Hen Harriers were logged at Tythegston and Cwm Cadlan. Two Common Sandpipers looked set to winter at Ogmore Estuary, with a Green Sandpiper also recorded there. A Yellow-legged Gull was at Lisvane Reservoir. The only Short-eared Owl report came from Kenfig. A late Swallow flew west at Ogmore-by-Sea (28th). A notable count of 17 Water Pipits was made at the lower Thaw Valley, with a more modest three at Ogmore Estuary. Black Redstarts were at Aberthaw, Porthcawl and Sully. Several Hawfinches were picked up flying over at Lavernock, where peak counts of 23,600 Redwings (12th) and 28 Bramblings (16th) were made. In a poor autumn for Firecrests, the only sighting came from Kenfig.
Summary by Paul Roberts

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