April 2022

Highlights: A Glossy Ibis was found at Tirfounder, Aberdare (26th). Both Bonaparte’s Gull (23rd) and Caspian Gull (5th) were located at Cardiff Bay. A Hooded Crow at Kenfig (20th) was typical in our area in both its arrival date and short stay. Two female Ring-necked Ducks lingered at Lisvane Reservoir, with one of them visiting Cosmeston. A Hoopoe was reported from Ogmore-by-Sea. Garganey were noted from Roath Park Lake (two), Parc Tredelerch (two) and Kenfig (four), where a Siberian Chiffchaff was also noted. A presumed ‘Channel Wagtail’ was a brief visitor to Cardiff Bay (28th). 

Other Sites: A group of five Great White Egrets was observed in flight over Kenfig. Ospreys were logged at Cardiff Bay, Nant-moel Reservoir and Llywyn-on Reservoir (at least two here, including a bird ringed at Balgavies, Scotland). An early Hobby was seen over Bridgend (6th). Greenshanks were at Llanilid, Kenfig and Ogmore Estuary, where a migrant Little Ringed Plover was also seen. A Little Gull was at Cardiff Bay. Three Little Terns and an Arctic Skua passed Sker. A Water Pipit was at Ogmore Estuary early in the month. A Ring Ouzel was at Garth Hill. A Pied Flycatcher arrived at Cosmeston. The first Wood Warbler turned up at Pennsylvania Wood, Aberkenfig (17th).
Summary by Paul Roberts

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