March 2022 [belated]

Cardiff Bay: Larids took centre stage, most notably Bonaparte’s Gull, Caspian Gull,
Iceland Gull and two Little Gulls. Three Bearded Tits were briefly at the Wetlands
Reserve, before flying off high (23 rd ). An Osprey flew over (25 th ), with another over
nearby Penarth, before heading up the River Ely (27 th ). A Common Scoter was in the
bay. A Black Redstart was still present at Porth Teigr.
Kenfig: An adult Iceland Gull was a fleeting visitor to Sker (4 th ). Noteworthy wildfowl (all
being drakes), comprised the first Garganey of spring (26 th ), a Red-crested Pochard
and the wintering Ring-necked Duck, which remained until the second week. At least
two Great White Egrets were recorded during the month. A Black-tailed Godwit and a
Continental Cormorant were at the Pool. The first Wheatears arrived at Sker (10 th ).
Other Sites: Two female Ring-necked Ducks were present all month at Lisvane
Reservoir, where an adult Little Gull dropped in (23 rd ). A pair of Garganey and a
Spotted Redshank were at a private site in the Vale of Glamorgan (23 rd ), with another
Spotted Redshank noted at Cardiff Foreshore on the same date. Four Siberian
Chiffchaffs were frequenting the margins of the two lakes in Porthcawl, namely a
couple at each of The Wilderness and Pwll-y-Waun. An Osprey flew over at
Cosmeston, carrying a fish (30 th ). A male Hen Harrier flew high over Bridgend
Industrial Estate, while a ‘ringtail’ was observed at Llanwonno. The Watermill flood at
Ogmore hosted two Little Ringed Plovers, a Water Pipit and the first White Wagtail of
the spring (11 th ). A Continental Cormorant was identified at Ogmore Estuary. A Black
Redstart was still around at Newton, Porthcawl. A Sand Martin at Merthyr Mawr
Warren (11 th ) and a Willow Warbler at Cosmeston (15 th ) were both first reports.
Summary by Paul Roberts

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