April 2019

Highlights: A stunning male Citrine Wagtail was a great find at Llwyn-on Reservoir (27th). A Red-rumped Swallow spent a few hours at Kenfig Saltmarsh, but apparently moved on when a Merlin showed up (5th). Two Bonaparte’s Gulls graced Cardiff Bay – a brief adult (22nd) and a lingering second calendar-year (from 25th). Also at Cardiff Bay, a Golden Oriole was reportedly rescued and taken into care (29th), sadly succumbing. At Kenfig Pool both Whooper Swan (3rd), and Cattle Egret (19th) were fleeting visitors, with up to four Garganey recorded. A Great White Egret was at East Aberthaw (16th). Two Avocets were noted at Ogmore Estuary (6th). Other Sites: Ospreys were observed at Llwyn-on Reservoir, Cwm Cadlan, Southerndown, Bridgend and Kenfig. A male Hen Harrier transited over Cosmeston. A Merlin was at Nash Point. A Hobby was seen over Broadlands, Bridgend. Several Little Ringed Plovers, a Spotted Redshank and a Greenshank were at Ogmore Estuary. Rumney Great Wharf held Greenshank and Green Sandpiper. A maximum of four Little Gulls was at Cardiff Bay. Wintering Water Pipits were still present early in the month at Ogmore Estuary and Rumney Great Wharf. Ring Ouzels turned up at Mynydd Bach (two) and Rudry Common. Migrant Pied Flycatcher and Wood Warbler were both noted at Kenfig.

March 2019

Highlights: Kenfig held the lion’s share of this month’s scarcities, with five Garganeys, Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, two Black-necked Grebes, Slavonian Grebe and two Avocets recorded. Four Cattle Egrets remained at Porthcawl all month. A White Stork was reported over Ewenny (26th) and a Turtle Dove of unknown origin was frequenting a Rhoose garden
Other Sites: Scaup were noted at Cosmeston and Kenfig. A Bittern was reported at Lamby Lake, with others at Cosmeston and Kenfig. Hen Harriers were logged at Gileston, Parc Slip, Mynydd Eglwysilan and Llanilid (a male, which commuted between here and Hirwaun Common). Both Marsh Harrier and Merlin were seen at Kenfig, with another Merlin at Flemingston. A Little Ringed Plover was at Ogmore Estuary, where two wintering Common Sandpipers and a Green Sandpiper were still around. Cardiff Bay held two Little Gulls and two Yellow-legged Gulls, with another of the latter species at Caerphilly Castle Moat. Three Short-eared Owls were in the dunes at Kenfig. At least four Water Pipits were at Ogmore Estuary, with others at Rumney Great Wharf and Green Point, Rhymney Estuary. A minimum of four Choughs was roaming the Heritage Coast. A Firecrest was at Kenfig Pool. Hawfinches were a popular draw at the Forest Ganol feeding station.

February 2019

Highlights: A first-winter Caspian Gull was found at Cardiff Bay (27th), with two Bearded Tits still in situ at the wetlands reserve. Four Cattle Egrets remained at Porthcawl throughout the month. A Great Grey Shrike continued its winter sojourn at Garwnant. Great White Egrets were at Abercwmboi and Kenfig, where Black-necked Grebe and Slavonian Grebe were also present.
Other Sites: A Greater Scaup was at Cosmeston. Two Hen Harriers were at Llanilid. Ogmore Estuary had two Water Pipits, two Common Sandpipers and four Purple Sandpipers, with 15 of the latter noted at Sker. Cardiff Bay held an adult Little Gull. Three Short-eared Owls were regular in the dunes at Kenfig, while a Firecrest was recorded near the pool. Willow Tits were at Garwnant. A Chough was at Southerndown.

Jan 2019

Highlights: The four Cattle Egrets remained in fields off Zig-Zag Lane, Porthcawl, for the duration, while nearby a Whooper Swan was noted passing just offshore of the town and a Black Redstart frequented Trecco Bay. A first-winter Caspian Gull was identified at Cardiff Bay, where Black-necked Grebe, two Bearded Tits and a Bittern were also around. A Great Grey Shrike remained at Garwnant. The well-documented Siberian Chiffchaff continued its stay at Parc Slip. Sightings from Kenfig included Whooper Swan, Slavonian Grebe, Great White Egret, Bittern, Merlin and Brent Goose. A Great White Egret was still at Abercwmboi Lake. Water Pipits comprised three at Ogmore Estuary and one at Llwyn-on Reservoir. A male Hen Harrier occurred at Cwm Cadlan. A Black Redstart was observed at Dunraven. Wintering Common Sandpipers were at Ogmore Estuary (two) and on the River Taff at Treforest. Up to seven Green Sandpipers were on the River Ely near Pendoylan, with another seen at Ogmore Estuary.