February 2022 [belated]

Highlights: A second-winter Bonaparte’s Gull at Cardiff Bay may have been a returning bird from last year. The male Cirl Bunting, discovered in January, was still at Ty’n-y-Caeau Farm, Marcross. Ring-necked Ducks remained at Kenfig (a male) and Lisvane Reservoir (two females). A juvenile Glaucous Gull was briefly at Ogmore Estuary. A first-winter Caspian Gull was noted at Cardiff Bay. Kenfig Pool hosted a Black-necked Grebe. Siberian Chiffchaffs occurred at Merthyr Mawr Warren, Pwll-y-Waun (Porthcawl) and Cardiff Bay.

Other Sites: Two Scaup were on Kenfig Pool, with an Eider and a Great Northern Diver off nearby Sker. Stormy weather saw the arrival of Little Gulls at Kenfig (two), Ogmore rivermouth (two), Aberthaw and Cardiff Bay. Two Yellow-legged Gulls were observed at Ogmore Estuary. A Short-eared Owl was at Heol-y-Cyw. A Water Pipit was at Rumney Great Wharf. Black Redstarts were logged a Cardiff Bay (four), Barry waterfront, Aberthaw, Monknash and Southerndown. Ten Hawfinches called in at Cosmeston, with a single seen at Forest Ganol. Three Choughs were at Southerndown. 
Summary by Paul Roberts

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