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.

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

November 2020

Cardiff: Sightings from Cardiff Bay included Caspian Gull (28th – 30th), Grey Phalarope (1st – 4th), Bearded Tit and Black Redstart. Another Black Redstart was at Rumney Great Wharf, where Woodlark and Merlin were also reported. Llanishen/Lisvane Reservoirs held White-fronted Goose (5th), Whooper Swan (29th), Great Northern Diver and five Common Scoters.
Kenfig: A late Red-necked Phalarope turned up on a small flood at Sker (4th). Further tardy occurrences concerned Common Redstart (4th), Lesser Whitethroat (5th), Wheatear (8th) and Arctic Tern (10th). A group of eight Great Northern Divers off Sker was exceptional, with three Red-breasted Mergansers, six Purple Sandpipers, Merlin, up to nine Choughs and a Yellowhammer also noted from there. Bittern, Marsh Harrier and Jack Snipe were seen at the Pool.
Vale of Glamorgan: A female Ring-necked Duck was back at Cosmeston, after a short absence. Woodlark, Firecrest and four Hawfinches were observed at Lavernock. A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Pant Norton. A Water Pipit and two Common Sandpipers were on Ogmore Estuary. Black Redstarts were logged at Norton Farm, Ogmore Farm, Nash Point, St Athan and Swanbridge. A Firecrest was at St Mary’s Well Bay.
Other Sites: A female Ring-necked Duck visited both Rhaslas Pond (19th) and Bute Town Pond (27th), constituting the third individual of this species this autumn in East Glamorgan. Yellow-browed Warblers were logged at Newton Burrows and Senghenydd. A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was a good find at Bryn, Llanbradach. A Hawfinch visited a Cwmbach garden. A Hen Harrier flew through at Laleston. Porthcawl saw an Eider (Newton Point), Great Northern Diver, Merlin, several Choughs and a maximum of 40 Mediterranean Gulls (Rest Bay to Nottage). 
Summary by Paul Roberts

October 2020

Highlights: Twelve Yellow-browed Warblers were noted from nine sites, as follows: one at Lavernock (5th), one at Dare Valley Country Park (11th), two at Dunraven (13th), one in a Barry garden (13th), two at Llanilid (13th), one in a Bridgend garden (15th), one at Cosmeston (21st), two at Kenfig (22nd) and one at Norton Wood, Ogmore (28th). Two immature Ring-necked Ducks commuted between Cosmeston and Cardiff Bay. Cattle Egrets called in at Flemingston Moor (4th) and Kenfig (22nd), where a Long-tailed Duck was also seen (25th). Woodlarks were picked up on visible migration watches at Dunraven (two on 14th) and Lavernock (singles on the 15th and 20th). 

Brent Geese totalled eight at Aberthaw and one at Ogmore Estuary. A Scaup was at Kenfig Pool. Great White Egrets comprised one seen over Merthyr Mawr Warren and then Kenfig (5th), one at Lamby (11th), one past Lavernock (15th) and another at Kenfig (18th). At least two Bitterns were at Kenfig, where two Marsh Harriers were frequently observed. Hen Harriers were found at Nash Point and Groeswen (Caerphilly). Merlins were at Ogmore Estuary, Lavernock, Mynydd Bach (Maesteg) and Kenfig. A Curlew Sandpiper was at Newton (17th). A late Arctic Tern dropped in at Kenfig Pool (26th). Short-eared Owls graced Lavernock and Kenfig. Away from the stronghold of the Vale of Glamorgan coast, Choughs wandered as far as Rest Bay (three) and Sker (nine). The first Black Redstart of the autumn was in a Radyr garden.  Ring Ouzels were seen on two dates at Mynydd Bach, with another at Dare Valley Country Park. The only Firecrest sightings came from Nottage and Pentyrch. 

Summary by Paul Roberts

September 2020

Highlights: A Turtle Dove turned up at Lavernock (21st ). A Honey Buzzard over Pant y Cwteri, Ogmore was a good site record (10th ). A juvenile Caspian Gull was identified at Cosmeston (3rd ). Six Whooper Swans flew east over Aberdare (28th ). A very early Yellow-browed Warbler was heard at Mynwent Penyrheol, Caephilly (21st ). Four Cattle Egrets (29th ) and three Great White Egrets were noted at Kenfig, with another of the latter species found at Bute Town Pond, Rhymney (1st ). Two Red-throated Divers – an adult and its attendant juvenile – were close inshore at Newton Point (22nd). Several Marsh Harriers were seen at Kenfig, while at least two were still frequenting crop fields at Durval Farm and Dunraven, with yet another passing Lavernock. Ospreys were moving past Cardiff Heliport and Penywaun. Merlins were observed at Kenfig, Dunraven and Laleston (Bridgend), with Hobbies from Pant Norton, Ty’n-y-Caeau Farm, Kenfig and
Cosmeston. A Spotted Redshank was heard flying south over Cosmeston and
then Lavernock. Single Ruffs were recorded at Lavernock, Kenfig, Ogmore Estuary and Newton, where a Curlew Sandpiper and three Bar-tailed Godwits were also present. A Green Sandpiper was at Ogmore Estuary. A Little Gull was briefly at Newton. Short-eared Owls were at Nash Point and Lavernock. Yellow Wagtails were fairly poorly represented, excepting a gathering of 50 at Rumney Great Wharf. Both Pied Flycatcher and Grasshopper Warbler were observed at Kenfig. Firecrests occurred at Dunraven and Maesteg Cemetery.
Summary by Paul Roberts

August 2020

Highlights: Storm Francis saw the arrival of a smattering of seabirds (notably small numbers of Storm Petrels, Arctic Skuas and a Great Skua) to coastal locations, but overall failed to live up to its promise. A Great White Egret was at Kenfig. Ospreys were noted from Kenfig and the Ely Floodplain. Marsh Harriers were observed at Lavernock, Kenfig and Durval Farm, where two lingered, hunting over the arable crops. Merlins were seen at Nash Point and Southerndown. A few Hobby sightings were made at Kenfig. Several Arctic Terns visited Kenfig, with another two (plus 11 Common Terns) at Newton Point. Five Little Terns were found at Kenfig rivermouth, where seven Sandwich Terns were also present. Wader sightings included Curlew Sandpiper at Sker, Greenshanks from Cardiff Bay and Kenfig, Green Sandpipers from Lisvane Reservoir and Kenfig, plus 12 Black-tailed Godwits and a Knot at Ogmore Estuary. A Yellow-legged Gull was at Cardiff Bay. A few Whinchats started to appear towards the month end, with three at Kenfig. Migrant Pied Flycatchers were logged at Kenfig, Tir Founder Fields (Aberdare), Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve, Silurian Park (Cardiff) and Cosmeston. Six Spotted Flycatchers were together at Taf Bargoed Community Park. Summary by Paul Roberts

July 2020

Highlights: A flock of 10 Cattle Egrets (seven adults and three juveniles) was discovered roosting at Cardiff Bay Wetland Reserve (18th). Two breeding-plumaged Black-necked Grebes turned up at Lisvane Reservoir (3rd). Great White Egrets comprised two west past Cwm Nash (10th), one at Parc Taf Bargoed (13th) and two at Tirfounder Fields, Aberdare (30th). A Wood Sandpiper visited Llanilid. A Turtle Dove of unknown origin was in a Sully garden. Storm Petrels were noted off Porthcawl and St Mary’s Well Bay. Little Ringed Plovers called in at Kenfig, Llwyn-on Reservoir and Ogmore Estuary, where a Greenshank was also seen. Five Green Sandpipers were on the River Ely, near Pendoylan. A Hobby was at Lisvane Reservoir. A Common Tern and a maximum of three Yellow-legged Gulls were logged at Cardiff Bay, with another of the latter species also at Cosmeston. A noteworthy early movement of Pied Flycatchers saw birds at Cosmeston, Kenfig, Bridgend, Cyncoed, Silurian Park in Cardiff (two) and Lisvane Reservoir. Summary by Paul Roberts

June 2019

Highlights: Two Black-necked Grebes were briefly at Lisvane Reservoir (5th). Storm Petrel sightings comprised one from St Mary’s Well Bay and three off Sully. A Little Egret at Ogmore Estuary was the only one reported locally. A Marsh Harrier was at Rumney Great Wharf. Hobbies were noted at Merthyr Mawr and Kenfig. Four Black-tailed Godwits and a Greenshank were in the vanguard of return wader movement at Ogmore Estuary. A Little Ringed Plover called in at Kenfig. A Yellow-legged Gull was at Cardiff Bay. A pair of Choughs raised four young on the Heritage Coast. Hawfinches bred in Bridgend for the second successive year, while flyovers were logged at Lisvane Reservoir (two) and Craig Llanishen (three). Crossbills were widely distributed, most notably a passage of 352 counted over two consecutive mornings at Lavernock. Summary by Paul Roberts

May 2020

Highlights: A breeding plumaged male Grey Phalarope stopped off to refuel for a day at Sker Pool (29th). A Hoopoe was seen over the A465 near Hirwaun (4th). A male Golden Oriole was reported over a Cardiff garden (10th). A Long-tailed Duck lingered until early in the month at Kenfig Pool. A Quail was calling at Mynydd Eglwysilan. Two Little Terns and a Storm Petrel were off Sker Point. Hobbies were noted at Ogmore Estuary, Bridgend (singles at Island Farm and near the town centre), Garth, Cyncoed, Roath and Porth. A Cuckoo was at Merthyr Mawr Warren. Four Greenshanks called in at Ogmore Estuary, where two Little Egrets appeared late in the month. A Little Owl was at Old Castle Down. Hawfinches were observed at two locations in the vicinity of Bridgend. Some Crossbill dispersal was observed, including 11 at Bridgend (28th) and five over Lisvane Reservoir (29th). Summary by Paul Roberts

April 2020

Highlights: The undoubted highlight was a male Montagu’s Harrier, which spent a day hunting over Merthyr Mawr Warren (21st), being the first confirmed in the recording area since 1974. A Purple Heron was at Kenfig, where Garganey, Red-crested Pochard, Greenshank and Green Sandpiper were also noted. Nearby at Sker, a male Blue-headed Wagtail was the pick, with a supporting cast of Little Tern and Black Redstart. Fly over Ospreys were observed at Cardiff Bay, Nantgarw, Llantrisant, Maesteg, Bridgend and Kenfig. A male Hen Harrier was near Merthyr Tydfil. Both Hobby and Merlin were seen from Bridgend gardens. Records from Ogmore Estuary included Water Pipit, two Little Ringed Plovers, Green Sandpiper, two Greenshanks, Knot, maximum 20 Whimbrels, small numbers of Bar-tailed Godwits, two Yellow Wagtails, Cetti’s Warbler and two Grasshopper Warblers (the latter from Pant Norton). Additional Cetti’s Warblers were logged at Cadoxton Pools and Ewenny Moor. Bar-tailed Godwits and Whimbrels stopped off at Sully and Barry. Cardiff Bay hosted a Little Gull, a Black Redstart and two Yellow Wagtails. Migrant Pied Flycatcher and Hawfinch were nice finds at Merthyr Mawr Warren. A passing Ring Ouzel called in at Pant St Bride’s.  Summary by Paul Roberts

March 2020

Highlights: A Black Kite was seen over Llanharry, headed east (23rd). A Great Grey Shrike remained at Cwm Cadlan/Garwnant. A lone Waxwing turned up at Schooner Way, Cardiff. Records in the vicinity of Cardiff Bay included Black-necked Grebe, Osprey, Little Gull and Black Redstart. Three Pink-footed Geese, Great White Egret, Siberian Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Duck, four Black-tailed Godwits, Short-eared Owl and Merlin were sighted within the environs of Kenfig NNR. Water Pipits comprised two at Ogmore Estuary and four at Rumney Great Wharf, with a Greenshank at the latter site, too. The Watermill Flood, Ogmore, pulled in two Little Ringed Plovers, a Black-tailed Godwit and several White Wagtails. Two Scaup and a Yellow-legged Gull were at Cosmeston. A Ring Ouzel flew over a Caerau garden. Three Hawfinches frequented the churchyard at Ewenny Priory.
Summary by Paul Roberts