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

February 2020

Highlights: A Great Grey Shrike ranged around between Cwm Cadlan and Garwnant. A Glaucous Gull was briefly at Sker (13th). Four Avocets stopped off at Green Point, with another two at Rumney Great Wharf. A Great Northern Diver was still at Mwyndy at the start of the month. Sightings at Kenfig included Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Merlin, Short-eared Owl, two Siberian Chiffchaffs and Firecrest. Further Firecrests were at Bute Park (two present) and Ewenny Priory. Three Hawfinches were also at the latter site. Water Pipits comprised six at Rumney Great Wharf and two at Ogmore Estuary. Scaup were noted from Cardiff Bay and Cosmeston. A Merlin was at Mynydd Eglwysilan. Waders included two Common Sandpipers and four Purple Sandpipers at Ogmore Estuary, seven Purple Sandpipers at Sker and Green Sandpiper at Rumney Great Wharf. Yellow-legged Gulls were identified at Ogmore Estuary, Caerphilly Castle Moat and Cosmeston. Penarth Marina held a Black Redstart. Summary by Paul Roberts

January 2020

Highlights: A 1st-winter Caspian Gull dropped in briefly at Cosmeston (12th). A Great Grey Shrike was reported at Garwnant. Two Whooper Swans turned up at Flemingston Moor. Two Siberian Chiffchaffs were at Cardiff Bay, where Scaup, Yellow-legged Gull and Black Redstart (this favouring Penarth Marina) were also recorded. A Great Northern Diver lingered on a small fishing lake at Mwyndy, near Llantrisant. Firecrests were at Bute Park (two) and Porthkerry. Two Short-eared Owls and a Marsh Harrier frequented Kenfig. Common Sandpipers were at Cadoxton River and Ogmore Estuary, with a Water Pipit also at the latter site. A roost of 150 Pied Wagtails was observed in Bridgend town centre. At least eight Hawfinches were at the regular Forest Ganol locality, with another seen near Michaelston-le-Pit. Summary by Paul Roberts

December 2019

Highlights: Two Whooper Swans turned up at Flemingston Moor (31st). Up to 18 Brent Geese (all but one being Pale-bellied) were at Gileston. Long-tailed Ducks remained early in the month at both Lisvane Reservoir and Sker. Greater Scaup were at Cosmeston and Cardiff Bay. A Red-crested Pochard spent a day at Parc Slip. Notable counts of Goosanders came from Caerphilly Castle Moat (51) and Pwll-y-Waun, Porthcawl (20).  A Great Northern Diver stopped off briefly at Kenfig Pool, where a Bittern was also seen. The highest Little Egret count was eight by the River Thaw, near Aberthaw. Birds of prey included Marsh Harrier at Kenfig, Hen Harrier at Llanilid and Merlin at Ogmore Estuary. Eight Green Sandpipers were on the River Ely near Pendoylan, while a Common Sandpiper looked set to winter at Ogmore Estuary. A Jack Snipe was at Rhymney Estuary. The only Short-eared Owl sightings came from Llanilid, where two were noted. A remarkably late Swallow was at Merthyr Mawr Warren (18th). Three Water Pipits were at Ogmore Estuary, with another at Rumney Great Wharf. Black Redstarts were observed at Sker, Gileston and Penarth Marina. Siberian Chiffchaffs were identified at Cardiff Bay Wetland Reserve and Kenfig. A Firecrest was still at Kenfig, with one unearthed at The Wilderness, Porthcawl. Summary by Paul Roberts

November 2019

Highlights: A Serin dropped in briefly at Nash Point lighthouse compound, before flying off east (24th), constituting the first in the East Glamorgan recording area since 1972. Almost as rare locally was the Shore Lark at Newton Point (10th to 11th), not having been recorded in our area since 1976. A late Red-backed Shrike lingered around the northern periphery of Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, between Nottage and Pink Bay (15th to 29th). Richard’s Pipits were noted at Nash Point and Sker (both on the 13th). A Slavonian Grebe was at Kenfig (10th). A Long-tailed Duck at Lisvane Reservoir, first seen in October, made it until the start of the month, while another lingered on a flood at Sker (9th until the month end). Up to five Woodlarks were present at Lavernock, including a group of four in stubble (24th), with another two found at Newton Burrows (11th). Both Siberian Chiffchaff and Yellow-browed Warbler frequented Kenfig. A Lapland Bunting flew over Sker (17th). Snow Buntings were at Pink Bay/Sker (two on the 4th), Dunraven (8th) and The Knap, Barry (11th to 22nd).

Other Sites: A Great Northern Diver flew inland at Dunraven. Another Great Northern Diver was off Sker, where a maximum of 13 Red-throated Divers was counted. Up to six Pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Aberthaw. Cosmeston and Cardiff Bay hosted single Greater Scaup. A maximum of 32 Goosanders was at Caerphilly Castle Moat. A Common Scoter was an unusual occurrence at Cardiff Bay. A Great White Egret was seen at Abercwmboi Lake, perhaps a returning bird. A Marsh Harrier was observed on several occasions at Kenfig. Merlins were logged at Mynydd Eglwysilan, Kenfig, Southerndown, Merthyr Mawr and Barry. Waders included Bar-tailed Godwit at Flemingston, Ruff, Common Sandpiper and four Purple Sandpipers at Ogmore Estuary, four Purple Sandpipers at Newton Point and seven Green Sandpipers of the River Ely, near Pendoylan. Short-eared Owls were noted at Rumney Great Wharf, Llanilid and Sker. Late records on the 27th concerned a Swallow at Lavernock and a Garden Warbler at St Mary’s Well Bay. Water Pipits were at Ogmore Estuary (two) and Sker. Black Redstarts were noted from Cardiff Bay Wetland Reserve, Dunraven, Gileston, Llantwit Major, Sker and Trecco Bay, Porthcawl. Firecrests occurred at St Donat’s (two), St Mary’s Well Bay, Lavernock and Kenfig. Summary by Paul Roberts.

October 2019

Highlights by Paul Roberts: A Glossy Ibis was seen at Kenfig Pool, before moving to the flood east of Sker Pool. Further records from Kenfig included Yellow-browed Warbler, five Whooper Swans, Scaup, Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Merlin, Hobby, Greenshank and Jack Snipe. Ten Woodlarks at Lavernock was a noteworthy record (14th), with a single also seen on the 19th. A Long-tailed Duck turned up at Llanishen/Lisvane Reservoir (26th). A Scaup was at Cosmeston. Great White Egrets comprised two down river at Ogmore Estuarty (19th) and one east at Rumney Great Wharf (2nd). A Marsh Harrier was near Cwm Nash. A Merlin was at Nash Point. Two Hobbies were at Cosmeston. Jack Snipe, Greenshank and Green Sandpiper were at Ogmore Estuary, with four Green Sandpipers along the River Ely near Pendoylan. A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was at Newton Point, Porthcawl. A Short-eared Owl flew west at Lavernock. The annual late autumn Woodpigeon movements included 54,000 over Cardiff between 07:00 and 09:30 on the 28th. Ring Ouzels were seen at Pant y Ffald, Maesteg and Dare Valley Country Park. A Firecrest was at Pant Norton, Ogmore. A flock of 10 Crossbills flew over at Dunraven.