July 2022

Highlights: A Glossy Ibis was seen in flight at Llanilid (21st). Sightings at Cardiff Bay included a Whooper Swan of unknown origin, a Wood Warbler (28th, at the Wetlands Reserve), four Black-tailed Godwits and several Yellow-legged Gulls. Great White Egrets were at Barry Old Harbour and Kenfig, where a juvenile Little Ringed Plover was also seen. An Osprey flew west over Barry (31st). Hobbies were noted at Heol-y-Cyw and Ogmore Castle. Greenshanks were at Newton and Ogmore Estuary, where a Green Sandpiper also occurred. Several Yellow-legged Gulls (including a juvenile begging from an adult, on the 8th) were logged at Cosmeston. A few Yellow Wagtails were observed in the Lock’s Common/Rest Bay vicinity. A Pied Flycatcher turned up at Lisvane Reservoir (27th). A maximum of 12 Choughs frequented the Heritage Coast. Hawfinches were seen at both Tongwynlais and Rudry.
Summary by Paul Roberts

June 2022

Highlights: Glamorgan’s first White-throated Sparrow was videoed in a private Porthcawl garden (25th). A female Kentish Plover was discovered on the beach at Kenfig (1st). Adult Ros-coloured Starlings turned up at Broadlands, Bridgend (4th) and Cwmbach, Aberdare (17th). A Turtle Dove was seen in a field near Llanharry (10th). A Great White Egret stopped off at Aberthaw. Little Ringed Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Redshank and Green Sandpiper were all recorded at Kenfig Pool. A Hobby was seen at Gileston. Noteworthy breeding records included Chough on the Heritage Coast and Hawfinch at Porthkerry.
Summary by Paul Roberts

May 2022

Highlights: Black Terns comprised at least eight flying down river towards Cardiff Bay (4th) and five down channel at Lavernock (four on 14th, one on 15th). Both Bittern and Red-crested Pochard were noted at Kenfig Pool. An Arctic Skua and 20 Dark-bellied Brent Geese were off Nash Point. At Sker 50 Arctic Terns and a Great Northern Diver were observed. Ospreys were seen over Bridgend on two dates.
Summary by Paul Roberts

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

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

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

January 2022

Highlights: A male Cirl Bunting was a superb find at Ty’n-y-Caeau Farm, Marcross, representing the first confirmed in the recording area since 1934! The bird appeared settled and it’s tempting to speculate how long it had been around before discovery. Dedicated watchers at Cardiff Bay unearthed a Bonaparte’s Gull (29th) and a Caspian Gull (14th). A Grey Phalarope was somewhat unexpected at Ogmore-by-Sea (3rd). A new female Ring-necked Duck was found at Llwyn-on Reservoir (22nd), with a drake remaining at Kenfig and at least two mobile females at sites in the vicinity of Cardiff, most notably Lisvane Reservoir and Cosmeston. A male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was seen near Caerphilly. 

Other Sites: At least 25 Brent Geese (mostly Pale-bellied) were off Aberthaw. Scaup were present at Cardiff Bay and Kenfig. Great White Egrets were briefly at Pwll Waun Cynon (Mountain Ash) and Kenfig. Wintering Common Sandpipers were observed at Ogmore Estuary, Cardiff Bay and Lisvane Reservoir. Rumney Great Wharf hosted a Marsh Harrier. Short-eared Owls were noted at Rhoose and Marcross. Water Pipits comprised four at Ogmore Estuary and three at Rumney Great Wharf. At least four Black Redstarts were frequenting Cardiff Bay, with others at Barry, Nash Point and Porthcawl. A Hawfinch was at Cogan Wood, Cosmeston. Up to 15 Crossbills were at Hensol Forest.
Summary by Paul Roberts

December 2021

Highlights: A drake Ring-necked Duck arrived at Kenfig Pool (21st), while two females commuted between Cardiff Bay, Lisvane Reservoir and Cosmeston. Two Whooper Swans were briefly at Llanishen Reservoir (15th), before flying west. Sightings at Kenfig included Brent Goose (unusually on the Pool), two Scaup, two Bitterns, Marsh Harrier and several Siberian Chiffchaffs. Another Scaup was seen at Cosmeston. Two Common Sandpipers and a Water Pipit were still at Ogmore Estuary. A Short-eared Owl was at Dunraven. Black Redstarts were logged at Cardiff Bay (three), Nash Point and Penywaun. Hawfinches comprised six at Dyffryn Gardens and one at St Fagans.
Summary by Paul Roberts

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

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

September 2021

Highlights: A Hoopoe which frequented Sker (15th – 23rd) not surprisingly proved a popular draw. A female Ring-necked Duck at Cardiff Bay (from 26th) was considered likely to be a returning bird present in the Bay, Cosmeston Lakes and Lisvane Reservoir in the last winter period. A Dotterel flew over calling at Mynydd y Glyn, Porth (14th). A Wryneck was a good patch find at Perthcelyn, Mountain Ash (5th). A juvenile Caspian Gull was seen on the Associated British Ports building, Cardiff Bay (3rd). A Manx Shearwater high east over Abercwmboi (11th) was a noteworthy inland record.Other Sites: Five Brent Geese flew down channel past Ogmore-by-Sea. A Great White Egret turned up at Kenfig rivermouth. An Osprey was tracked flying from Lavernock to Cardiif Bay (4th), while a series of sightings later in the month from Sker, Ogmore Estuary, Dunraven Bay and Aberthaw probably all related to a single individual. A wing-tagged Marsh Harrier at Dunraven was traced to a nest near Loddon, Norfolk, from earlier this year, while further occurrences of this species came from Lavernock and Kenfig. Merlins were at Aberhaw and Sker, while Hobbies were logged at Kenfig, Dunraven and Lavernock. Waders of note included Curlew Sandpiper at Newton and Ruff at Cadoxton rivermouth, with Greenshanks at Ogmore Estuary and Kenfig. A Great Skua was off Sker. The only Arctic Tern sighting came from Cardiff Bay. A Ring Ouzel was heard in coastal scrub at Ogmore rivermouth. Pied Flycatchers stopped off at Dunraven and Llanilid. Movements of Jays were reported from various localities, including a flock of 40+ at Southerndown.
Summary by Paul Roberts

August 2021

Highlights: A Garganey was at Lisvane Reservoir (23 rd ). A Balearic Shearwater
and a Storm Petrel were off Lavernock (6 th ), with two Storm Petrels noted from
Porthcawl. Two Great White Egrets were briefly at Kenfig. Tir Founder Fields
hosted a Little Egret. The most noteworthy raptor sighting was of a Honey
Buzzard over Penrhiwceiber, Mountain Ash. An Osprey moved south west over
Llwyn Onn Reservoir. Marsh Harriers were observed at Southerndown, Kenfig
and Rumney Great Wharf. Hobbies were recorded at Kenfig, Sully Brook and
Cwm Mawr. Wood Sandpipers stopped off at Ogmore Estuary and Llanilid. A
flock of 11 Black-tailed Godwits flew east at Dunraven. Green Sandpipers were
at Lisvane Reservoir, Llanilid, Llanharry and Kenfig, where four Little Ringed
Plovers, a Ruff, two Black-tailed Godwits and a Greenshank were also logged.
Newton, Porthcawl, hosted a Ruff and a Little Ringed Plover among the regulars.
A Greenshank flew past Lavernock. Two Sandwich Terns were off Sker and two
Arctic Terns were in Cardiff Bay. Tree Pipit passage peaked at 78 through
Lavernock (23 rd ), while a gathering of up to 100 Yellow Wagtails lingered at
Southerndown. A juvenile Black Redstart at Llwyn Onn Reservoir was an
intriguing record, possibly indicating local breeding. Whinchats were seen at
Kenfig, Cosmeston, Sully Brook and Pant Mari Flanders, Ogmore. Pied
Flycatchers called in at Cardiff Bay, Lisvane Reservoir, Lavernock and
Cosmeston (two).
Summary by Paul Roberts

July 2021

Highlights: A Common Scoter turned up inland at Lisvane Reservoir, while three were noted on the sea off Sker. Little Egrets were at Ogmore Estuary (two) and Cadoxton rivermouth. Hobbies were noted in Cardiff and at Hendre Lake, St Mellons. A Wood Sandpiper called in at Llanilid. Nine Green Sandpipers were present on the River Ely, with others at Ogmore Estuary, Llanharry and Llanilid. Two Black-tailed Godwits stopped off at Ogmore Estuary. A Black Redstart was visiting a Treorchy garden, with another seen at the regular location of Aberthaw Power Station. A flock of up to 100 Mistle Thrushes was observed at Heol-y-Cyw. Choughs bred successfully on the Heritage Coast, with a family party of seven (five young) ranging around.
Summary by Paul Roberts

June 2021

Highlights: Adult Rosy Starlings were located at Lavernock (2nd) and Llantwit Major (22nd). A flock of nine Cattle Egrets overflew Kenfig (10th), with one still around the next day. Two Hawfinches came to a Rhiwsaeson garden. Two Sandwich Terns were at Ogmore-by-Sea. Two Green Sandpipers were in the Alun Valley. A Hobby was noted at Kenfig.
Summary by Paul Roberts

May 2021

Highlights: A female Black-headed Wagtail was an excellent find at Cardiff Bay (14th), where two Bonaparte’s Gulls remained at the start of the month. A Turtle Dove was briefly at Merthyr Mawr Warren (11th). A Hooded Crow was reported from Cowbridge (6th). A drake Garganey called in at Hamadryad Park, Cardiff Bay (2nd). A Great White Egret visited Llanilid (30th), with a Little Stint at a nearby private site (31st). Seawatching obserations from Lavernock included seven Pomarine Skuas (9th), 10 Black Terns (9th), eight Arctic Skuas (3rd), eight Great Northern Divers (21st) and maximum eight Storm Petrels. Porthcawl also recorded Pomarine Skua (3rd), along with two Arctic Skuas and up to eight Storm Petrels. Two Arctic Terns graced Cardiff Bay. A Short-eared Owl was seen at Kenfig. A Hobby was at Monknash. A Nightjar was a surprise arrival to a Splott garden, roosting on a fence.
Summary by Paul Roberts

April 2021

Highlights: A 1st-winter Bonaparte’s Gull, which had previously been at Cardiff Bay in February, returned after a sojourn over the border in Gloucestersire and was then joined by an adult bird, with both subsequently remaining until the month end. A Ring-necked Duck was still frequenting Lisvane Reservoir. Two Turtle Doves were reported from Nash Point (27th). A Great Grey Shrike as found in the forestry near Craig y Llyn, Hirwaun (11th-12th). A Woodlark was briefly at Lavernock (11th). An Avocet was present at the mouth of the Rhymney River (3rd). A Russian White-fronted Goose remained at Kenfig until mid-month. A Great Northern Diver was off Sker. Ospreys were recorded at Llwyn-onn Reservoir and Kenfig, where the first Hobby was also seen (14th). A particularly good passage of Bar-tailed Godwits was enjoyed, with several hundred noted along the coast between Ogmore and Kenfig, along with 100+ past Lavernock. Greenshanks passed through at Ogmore Estuary, Llanilid and Parc Slip. A Green Sandpiper at Kenfig was an unusual spring sighting there. A good count of 24 Purple Sandpipers was made at Porthcawl. Four Arctic Skuas were logged off Sker, with a single from Lavernock. A noteworthy arrival of 12 Little Gulls occurred at Cardiff Bay (24th). Several Arctic Terns called in at Sker. A Black Redstart was at Llantrisant. An early Whinchat was at Cwm Cadlan (3rd). Ring Ouzels visited Dare Valley Country Park, Cog Moors WwTW and Cosmeston. A Wood Warbler stopped off at Kenfig. Migrant Pied Flycatchers graced Pant Norton, Llanilid and Groeswen (Caerphilly). Four or five Hawfinches were seen at St Fagans. Two Bramblings visited a garden feeding station in Southerndown.
Summary by Paul Roberts

March 2021

Highlights: Early first arrival dates were Common Redstart (Whitchurch, 11 th ), House
Martin (Dunraven, 30 th ), Cuckoo (Radyr, 31 st ) and Reed Warbler (Parc Tredelerch,
31 st ). A Richard’s Pipit was photographed in flight at Newton, heading off towards
Ogmore (1 st ). The wintering female Ring-necked Duck, which had been frequenting
Cardiff Bay, spread its wings as far as Lisvane Reservoir. An Avocet was seen early in
the month at Ogmore Estuary, before later being seen in flight over Kenfig Pool and
then again at Ogmore Estuary (30 th ). An Avocet at Llanishen Reservoir (22 nd ) and one
reported from Aberthaw could feasibly relate to the same individual. Siberian
Chiffchaffs were logged at Kenfig, Burrows Well and Cardiff Bay. Two Garganeys
arrived at Kenfig, but didn’t appear to linger. Great White Egrets were logged over J34
of the M4 and Ogmore Estuary, where four Little Egrets were also present. An Osprey
was noted over Forest Farm (27 th ). A Hen Harrier was observed flying off from
Newbridge Fields, Bridgend, towards Merthyr Mawr. Merlins were at Kenfig, Newton
and Ogmore Estuary, where two Common Sandpipers and a Green Sandpiper were
still wintering. The only Short-eared Owls were two at Rumney Great Wharf. Cardiff
Bay hosted both Little Gull and Yellow-legged Gull. Noteable Water Pipit counts came
from the Watermill, Ogmore Estuary (five) and Rumney Great Wharf (seven). Black
Redstarts occurred at Rumney Great Wharf, Sully, Aberthaw, Southerndown, Coity
and Llangynwydd. Firecrests were found at Burrows Well, Boverton, Bute Park and
Nantgarw. At least seven Hawfinches were still at Cosmeston, with two by the trig
point at Craig Llysfaen, Rudry.
Summary by Paul Roberts

February 2021

Highlights: A productive spell at Cardiff Bay produced a second calendar-year Bonaparte’s Gull, the long-staying Caspian Gull, two Little Gulls, the wintering female Ring-necked Duck, a Scaup, two or three Siberian Chiffchaffs and the first UK Sand Martin of the year (19th). The Ogmore Estuary Kumlien’s Gull (first seen in early January) called in there occasionally, but also made forays to Cosmeston and Sker. Two Whooper Swans were briefly at Llwyn-onn Reservoir (1st). A maxmum of 43 Brent Geese was at Aberthaw, while a family party of five commuted between Newton, Ogmore Estuary and Sker. A Scaup was on the pools at Rhoose Point. Two Red-breasted Mergansers flew past Rhych Point, Porthcawl. Cold weather saw some Little Egret movement, with sightings from some less usual locations, such as Llynfi Valley (the first record for the valley), Monknash, over Llanishen and in Bryngarw Country Park. A Marsh Harrier was a good find at Mynydd Pwll-yr-lwrch, above Maesteg. Wintering Common Sandpipers were noted at Green Point and Ogmore Estuary (two). The best Purple Sandpiper tally was 11 from Sker. A count of 17 Jack Snipe was made at Llanharry. Water Pipits were present at Green Point and Ogmore Estuary. Black Redstarts occurred at Gileston (two), Southerndown, Sully and Cathays. The first Wheatear was an early arrival at Southerndown (27th). Firecrests were observed at Forest Farm and Burrows Well (Merthyr Mawr Warren), where a Siberian Chiffchaff was also seen.
Summary by Paul Roberts

January 2021

Highlights: A Russian White-fronted Goose remained at Kenfig, with a flock of 21 seen flying past Sker. Brent Geese comprised a maximum of 25 Pale-bellied at Aberthaw and a family group of five Dark-bellied commuting between Newton Point and Ogmore Estuary. Cardiff Bay hosted Ring-necked Duck, Long-tailed Duck and Scaup. Two Red-breasted Mergansers were seen off Porthcawl. The Ogmore Estuary Goldeneye flock peaked at 39. A Black-throated Diver was off Sker. Single Cattle Egrets were found at Bonvilston and Dinas Powys. Bitterns were observed at Cardiff Bay and Kenfig. Two Marsh Harriers frequented Kenfig. Two Common Sandpipers were on the River Cynon at Mountain Ash, while at least two were still wintering at Ogmore Estuary. A Green Sandpiper was at Cog Moors. A juvenile Caspian Gull was regular at Cardiff Bay, with another individual of the same age seen on one day only. This site also held up to six Yellow-legged Gulls, while another was noted at Cosmeston. A juvenile Kumlien’s Gull was seen regularly over a couple of weeks at Ogmore Estuary, but also called in briefly at Kenfig Pool. An Iceland Gull was seen in flight only at Rumney Great Wharf. A Short-eared Owl was reported at Rhoose. One or two Water Pipits were at Ogmore Estuary. Black Redstarts were logged at Rumney Great Wharf, Gileston and Cwm Mawr. Firecrests graced Penarth Head and Kenfig. A minimum of 10 Hawfinches turned up at Cosmeston. 
Summary by Paul Roberts

December 2020

Cardiff Bay: A female Ring-necked Duck commuted between here and Cosmeston. Further wildfowl of note in the bay comprised Long-tailed Duck, Scaup and Common Scoter. A first-winter Caspian Gull and up to five Yellow-legged Gulls were frequenting the roost. 
Kenfig: A Russian White-fronted Goose arrived (4th) and looked set to winter. Seven Whooper Swans and a Great White Egret were merely flyovers. A Great Northern Diver was on the pool, with another off Sker, where at least 12 Red-throated Divers and an Eider were also noted. Two Marsh Harriers and a Merlin were on the reserve. A sinensis Cormorant was identified at the pool. A Black Redstart was briefly on the east pool shore.
Ogmore Estuary: Two Water Pipits were often at Portobello. Four Common Sandpipers was the highest ever winter site count. A Green Sandpiper was seen a couple of times. Five Brent Geese flew up the river, having been seen earlier at Newton. A male Red-breasted Merganser hung around for a few days. A Merlin was logged.
Other sites: Cosmeston hosted a juvenile Glaucous Gull, a Scaup, plus on occasion the aforementioned Ring-necked Duck. Both Cattle Egret and Great White Egret were recorded at Sully. An male Red-breasted Merganser was a noteworthy inland find on the lower lake at Clydach Vale. Up to 30 Goosanders were on Caerphilly Castle Moat. A maximum of 14 Pale-bellied Brent Geese was at Aberthaw, now a regular wintering site for the species. Another Pale-bellied Brent Goose spent a few days at Newton, where the wader roost included 13 Grey Plovers. A Green Sandpiper survey on the River Ely returned a significant total of 12 individuals. A Short-eared Owl was at Rumney Great Wharf. Black Redstarts were seen at Southerndown, Cwm Mawr/Bach, Gileston, Cardiff Airport, Sully and Rumney Great Wharf.
Summary by Paul Roberts