2015 Monthly Round-up

Short-eared Owl by J. Slocombe
December 2015

An unringed Pink-footed Goose at Fendrod Lake 27th. An Egyptian Goose was at KNNR 10th. Two Black-throated Divers off Sker Point 1st. Grey Phalaropes off Crymlyn Burrows 11th and an adult on Sker Pool 27th-30th. This could have been the individual seen briefly at Kenfig Pool on 24th. The Great Grey Shrike was still in the Bryn - Afon Argoed area on 2nd, 3rd, 13th & 26th. Finally two Snow Buntings at Whiteford 28th.

(Reports of a Balearic Shearwater past Porthcawl 6th, A Pomarine Skua past Port Eynon 5th, A Little Auk past Port Eynon 5th & a Siberian Chiffchaff at KNNR 10th.)

Other Notable Species
Pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Gileston most of month with 11 there 5th. Two late Manx Shearwaters past Common Cliff 12th. Great Northern Divers were seen at Bracelet 1st & 2nd [3], Kenfig Pool, Porthcawl, Ogmore Est, Lavernock Point all on 1st &  Port Eynon 5th. Red-throated Divers were at Porthcawl 1st [3], Port Eynon 5th, Rhossili, Common Cliff [4] on 12th & Gileston 14th [30]. A Bonxie past Lavernock Point 5th. Arctic Skuas past Lavernock 5th & Gileston 7th. Little Gulls were seen at Gileston 1st & 30th and at Lavernock Point 5th. A Sandwich Tern briefly on Kenfig Pool 10th. Short-eared Owls were at Llanrhidian, Mynydd Margam, Garwnant and RGW. Black Redstarts in Port Talbot 9th & on Flat Holm 11th. Firecrests at Newton Burrows 1st and at CBWR 1st to 21st.

Pallid Swift by M. Hipkin
November 2015

The highlight was a Pallid Swift seen on 5th & 6th at Glyn-Neath found by EAH with MHi & PB. If accepted it will be the first for VC41.
A Whooper Swan at Fendrod Lake 22nd. An Egyptian Goose at Cosmeston CP 30th. Up to 4 Red-crested Pochards were seen this month at two locations. The drake Lesser Scaup was present at CBWR until 3rd Nov. when it presumably moved across the channel to Avon. A female Lesser Scaup present for 3 days from 1st in West Glamorgan. Two Velvet Scoters were seen off Crymlyn Burrows 24th. Up to 4 Great White Egrets coming into roost at Llanrhidian Marsh on 22nd. A Black-throated Diver was off Rhosilli 22nd. Seawatching produced Leach's Petrels (all singles) at Lavernock Point 14th, 15th & 18th, Cardiff Foreshore 15th, Porthcawl 15th & 28th and Mumbles 17th. Three Slavonian Grebes were off Whiteford Point 26th. A Black-necked Grebe flew down-channel at Porthcawl 10th. Pomarine Skuas were seen off Lavernock 17th, 19th, 20th & 30th. There were also a few reports of skua sp. which could relate to this species. Great Grey Shrikes were at Afon Argoed 11th, 12th, 19th & 21st and the same or another [?] was at Mynydd Margam 22nd. Wood Larks continued to be seen over Lavernock Point 1st [2] & 11th. There were Water Pipits at Ogmore Est. 2nd and at Dalton's Point 16th.

(A party of 6 Snow Geese - of unknown origin - were seen at KNNR on 18th & 8 'grey geese' sp. over KNNR 20th.)

Other Notable Species
Pale-bellied Brent Geese were seen at Penarth Head 15th [2] and East Aberthaw 22nd [8]. A Grey Partridge was present at Aberthaw 17th. Red-throated Divers were seen off Burry Holmes 21st, Whiteford Point 26th, Lavernock 28th [3] & St.Mary's Well Bay 29th [1]. A Bittern was seen at Kenfig Pool 21st & 24th. Great Northern Divers were seen at several locations this month: Sker Point 11th & 20th [3], Bracelet Bay 13th. Porthcawl 15th [2], Rhosilli 22nd, Mumbles Head 24th [2] & 26th [2], Whiteford 26th [3], Lavernock Point 28th & Penclawdd 30th [3]. A late Whimbrel was at Lavernock 25th. A Woodcock on Flat Holm 1st & 7th. An Arctic Skua was seen off Lavernock 15th. Bonxies were seen off Lavernock 15th, 17th, 18th [5], 19th, 20th & 30th [2] and Porthcawl 18th [2]. A 1st W Little Gull at Bracelet Bay 13th. Two Yellow-legged Gulls were in the Cardiff Bay roost 8th. Firecrests were seen at Penarth cliffs 1st, at undisclosed site on 8th [2], KNNR 19th [2], Lavernock 22nd [trapped for ringing], CBWR 23rd to 28th & Fforestganol 27th. A late Swallow at Roath, Cardiff 26th. A Ring Ouzel at Lavernock LNR 3rd. Black Redstarts at Flat Holm & Penarth Marina 1st [2] & 22nd [4], Aberthaw Power Station 4th, Southerndown 16th, Brynmill 18th, Llancadle 21st, Swansea City Centre  & Rest Bay both 25th. A late Wheatear was at Pennard GC 1st. Hawfinches were seen at Cathays, Cardiff and Fforestganol 15th [5] & 27th [2].

Ring-necked Duck by P. M. Howlett
October 2015

Whooper Swans were seen at KNNR 13th & Fendrod Lake 18th. The drake Lesser Scaup returned to CBWR 20th and remained in the area all month. A imm male Ring-necked Duck was also present at CBWR 20th and intermittently until 28th at least. The Cattle Egret remained at KNNR until 4th. The usual two Great White Egrets on Llanrhidian Marsh were joined by a third on 29th. A Black-throated Diver was seen off Aberavon Beach 27th. Three Avocets were at Kenfig Pool briefly 19th. A Wryneck was at Cefn Bryn 2nd. Wood Larks were seen at Rhosilli 14th, Mewslade 18th [3], and Lavernock Point 17th, 28th [3], 30th & 31st [2]. A Great Grey Shrike was seen on RGW 28th, the first in Cardiff for 35 years. The Yellow-browed Warbler influx reached VC41 on 4th with birds being seen at: Kenfig, Aberavon, Llandaff & Rhoose all 4th, Mewslade 1 or 2 6th & 7th, Middleton 8th to 14th, Kenfig 10th to 13th, Kenfig 2 on 11th, Rhosilli 12th, Bridgend 13th, Roath 14th, Aberdare 19th, Cathays Cemetery 25th & Lavernock Point 27th. An excellent year for this species in VC41. Finally there was a good count of Water Pipits at RGW, 6 on 29th.

Other Notable Species
The drake Red-crested Pochard was at Llanishen Res. 4th. Three Eider were off Sker Point 15th. A Bittern was seen briefly at KNNR 4th & 15th. Hobbies were seen at Kenfig 3rd, Lavernock Point 5th & 6th and Cosmeston 6th. Ring Ouzels were at Ogmore-by-sea 2nd & Darren Fawr 16th [2]. Late Spotted Flycatcher at Ogmore 2nd and Pied Flycatcher at Middleton 8th. A Willow Tit was at Lavernock Point 8th. Firecrests were seen in good numbers this month: Mewslade 1st, Cwm Ivy 3rd, Lavernock Point 3rd, Mumbles Head 4th, Oxwich Marsh 9th, 10th [2], 25th & 29th, Craig-yr-Aber 12th, Radyr Floodplain 18th, Forest Farm 23rd [2], Dunraven 26th & Norton Wood 27th. Finally Black Redstarts were seen at Gorseinon 11th & Rhosilli 29th.

Cattle Egret by M. Hipkin
September 2015

A Glossy Ibis over Lavernock Point 29th (5th Glamorgan rec.) was followed by a Cattle Egret at KNNR 30th (3rd VC41). The Great White Egret was present at KNNR till 3rd at least and another over Broughton 27th. Marsh Harriers were present on Llanrhidian marsh most of month. A Common Crane was seen in fields by St. Mellons Business Park 30th (possibly GCP, England). A Grey Phalarope was found at Broad Pool, Gower 15th. A Wryneck was in a Bridgend garden 12th & 14th.

(A report of a Black Kite over Radyr 5th & 6th also at Tonyrefail 8th)

Other Notable Species
Three Pale-bellied Brent Geese at Gileston 5th. A female Eider at Blackpill 18th. The drake Red-crested Pochard remained in north Cardiff all month. A Quail at Cogan 2nd and a Grey Partridge at Cardiff Airport 3rd. A Red-throated Diver off Southerndown 15th & Sker Point 17th. A Storm Petrels past Crymlyn Burrows & Southerndown 15th. An Osprey over Kenfig Pool 15th. Hobbies were seen at Llanishen 4th, Lavernock Point 8th, Rest Bay 9th, Pontyclun 15th & KNNR 29th & 30th [2]. Ruff were seen at Lavernock 10th, Sker Point & Kenfig Pool both 15th. Two juvenile Little Stints at Whiteford 14th. Arctic Skuas past Lavernock 9th, Crymlyn Burrows & Kenfig Sands both 15th. A Yellow-legged Gull at Llanishen Res. 5th. Sandwich Terns were seen off Sker Point 5th [4] & 11th [6], Broughton 6th [2] and Porthcawl 15th [1]. Black Terns were seen at Caerphilly Castle Moat [1], Kenfig Pool [2] and undisclosed site [2] all 15th and at Lisvane Res. 16th [2]. Chough were seen at south Gower and the Heritage Coast. A male Ring Ouzel over Cardiff Bay barrage 30th. A Dartford Warbler south Gower 15th.
Passage Migration was in evidence this month with excellent counts of Swallows, with a massive movement of 44,000 over Cardiff Bay 16th with another 8000 there 30th. Other species showing good numbers are Common Crossbill with 163 & 290 over Dunraven 28th & 30th, also Siskins have been reported at many coastal locations: max 470 over Dunraven 28th. Also Spotted Flycatcher, Yellow Wagtail, Tree Pipit & Whinchat have been noted.

Rose-coloured Starling by M. Hipkin
August 2015

The Great White Egret was at Kenfig Pool until 28th at least. Marsh Harriers were prominent this month with up to 6 present: Llanrhidian Marsh 11th, 18th [2], 28th & 31st, Ogmore Est. juv on 14th, a juv fem at KNNR from 20th-22nd which was ringed & tagged in Norfolk in June. Another fem/imm at Rhaslas Pond 27th & 28th and a fem/imm over Lavernock Point 31st. A juv Wood Sandpiper was at Llanilid 17th. The adult Rose-coloured Starling remained at Aberavon until 4th.

Other Notable Species
A fem Eider was at Blackpill 29th & 30th. An eclipse male Red-crested Pochard 30th [unspecified site - GRC]. A Shag was at Porthcawl 18th. An Osprey was seen over Pontsticill Res. 7th with two present at Llanrhidian Marsh from 28th to 31st. Hobbies were at Ewenny Priory & Llanishen Res. 9th, Lavernock 12th and a juv was at Cosmeston CP 26th. A Little Stint at Whiteford 16th.  A Great Skua past Porthcawl 8th. Sandwich Terns were at Kenfig Pool 5th, Baglan Bay 12th [3], Sker Pint 15th [2]. A Black Tern was at an undisclosed site 26th, Swansea Vale 27th & 28th and the same or another at Fendrod Lake 29th to 31st. Little Gulls were at Margam Harbour 16th & undisclosed site 22nd to 26th at least. Late Pied Flycatchers at Coed-cefn Forest 15th [3], a juv Cuckoo at Wentloog Level 28th & Swift at Radyr Floodplain 29th. Finally a Marsh Tit was trapped at KNNR 7th and a Willow Tit was at Lavernock Point 11th, both species are very scarce at those sites.

Wood Sandpiper by N.P. Roberts
July 2015

A Great White Egret was present at Kenfig Pool from 3rd to 31st, with that or another briefly at Lamby Lake, Cardiff 3rd. A fem/imm Marsh Harrier was at KNNR 25th. Three Avocets past Sker Point 31st. An imm Wood Sandpiper was on the Ogmore River 24th & 25th. An adult Rose-coloured Starling was at Aberavon seafront area. 31st.

Reports of a Wood Sandpiper at Llanilid 18th & 25th & a Rose-coloured Starling at Porthcawl 25th.

Other Notable Species
A Quail was seen & heard in the Vale mid month. A Storm Petrel past Port Eynon 21st. A Hobby over Parc Slip LNR 3rd and another at Kenfig Pool 25th. A juv Little Ringed Plover at the Ogmore Estuary 16th, also birds seen at Rhaslas Pool. Good numbers of Mediterranean Gulls, including many juveniles seen throughout the county this month. Two Sandwich Terns at Pink Bay 30th. Common Terns at RGW 17th & Wernffwrd 18th. A Marsh Tit at south pool, Kenfig 27th, scarce at this site.

Purple Heron by C. Woodhead
June 2015

An Egyptian Goose was seen at Roath Park Lake 15th. The drake Lesser Scaup was in Cardiff Bay till 28th at least and was attracted to a female Tufted Duck. A 2cy Purple Heron was at Kenfig Pool 19th to 23rd. A Honey Buzzard was reported in SE Glamorgan 20th. Puffins were seen off Worm's Head 14th [6] & 21st [1+]. A Pomarine Skua was seen off Southerndown 2nd and also same day two Roseate Terns were seen off Porthcawl during gales.

Other Notable Species
A fem Long-tailed Duck was on Kenfig Pool 20th. A Great Northern Diver was at Porthcawl 2nd. A Hobby was seen flying over fields in NE Cardiff 2nd. Most of the records now concern seabirds seen off various locations during gales on 1st & 2nd of month: Two Great Skuas and a Sandwich Tern off Porthcawl and two Arctic Skuas off Southerndown all 1st. All the rest were recorded on 2nd: Storm Petrels were seen off Loughor Bridge [2], Porthcawl [16] & Southerndown [7]. Great Skua off Southerndown. Arctic Skuas off Dalton's Point [2] off Margam Breakwater [2] & off Porthcawl [1]. Sandwich Terns were seen off Dalton's Point [2], Loughor Bridge [2], Margam Breakwater [2] & Porthcawl [1]. Common Tern 8 and one Arctic Tern off Porthcawl. Finally a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was seen at St. Mellons Business Park 2nd.

Black Stork by P. Parsons
May 2015

Another star bird: Black Stork, at Afan Argoed then over Maesteg 26th, the 2nd VC41 record. Again a fly-over, as was the first in 2011. This bird was first seen over Skomer in VC44, then later in day over Abergavenny VC35. The drake Lesser Scaup was at CBWR until 3rd at least, then it was seen briefly at Llanishen Res 8th, a first record for this site. A drake Garganey was at a north Cardiff site from 2nd till 16th and another drake briefly at Cosmeston 26th. A Great White Egret was at Llanrhidian Marsh on 12th, a different bird from the regular two often seen there. A Common Crane drifted over Penarth 8th, possibly another from the GCP in England. A Honey Buzzard was seen flying over Craig-y-Llyn 23rd. Two Pomarine Skuas were off Loughor on 3rd. An adult summer Bonaparte's Gull was seen & videoed at Llanrhidian Marsh on 12th - one of the Cardiff birds? Finally an ad. Glaucous Gull was at Aberavon Beach 5th.

(A report of a Turtle Dove at Rudry 9th)

Other Notable Species
Pale-bellied Brent Geese were seen at Burry Inlet 4th and 18 flying past Porthcawl 6th. The Egyptian Goose was at Ogmore from 1st till 3rd and then back at Cosmeston 4th. Two Grey Partridge were at Gileston 24th. Two Great Northern Divers past Porthcawl 6th. An Osprey was seen flying over Caerphilly 7th and Hobbies were seen at 3 sites during the month. Little Gulls were seen at Loughor 22nd (ad. S) & Mumbles Pier 26th. Arctic Skuas were seen during stormy weather earlier in the month off Loughor 3rd, on the 6th at Kenfig Sands [2], Porthcawl [5], Sker Point [3], Lavernock Point and off Cardiff Barrage [2]. Another was off Kenfig River Mouth 12th. Black Terns were noted passing Lavernock Point 6th [10] & Kenfig River Mouth 7th [2]. Sandwich Terns were seen at Burry Inlet 4th & Tutt Head 6th [2]. 11 Common Terns were seen off Kenfig River Mouth 2nd and a single in the Burry Inlet 4th. Finally good numbers of passage Arctic Terns were reported at Kenfig River Mouth (KRM), Sker Point [37], Porthcawl [3] all 6th, KRM 7th, Cardiff Bay 9th [4], Rhaslas Pond 10th (new for site) & KRM 12th.

GRC Monitoring 2015: Nightjars were noted at Garnwen 10th (first), Glyncornel and two sites in Llanwonno Forestry.

Great Spotted Cuckoo by P. Hill
April 2015
{Sunniest April on record & driest April for 4 years in Wales}

The undoubted highlight was the finding of a 2CY Great Spotted Cuckoo at Cwm Cadlan LNR 15th till 17th by Martin Bevan. This constitutes the first record for Glamorgan.
A Pink-footed Goose was at Gnoll CP, Neath 15th. The drake Lesser Scaup was still at CBWR all month. Garganey (drakes) were at Oxwich & Kenfig Pool (report) on 3rd, Parc Slip 4th till 14th & Kenfig Saltmarsh 24th. Three summer plumage Slavonian Grebes at Burry Inlet 5th. A Marsh Harrier was at Llanrhidian Marsh 14th and a fem/imm at Kenfig Saltmarsh 18th & 19th. Common Cranes were seen flying over Cardiff [4] & Barry [2] on 6th and 2 over Sker 17th, Kenfig NNR 18th., Erw Hir, Llantrisant 19th & Cowbridge 20th. These will all probably relate to the GCP in England. An adult Bonaparte's Gull was still in Cardiff Bay until 12th, although which of the two adults is still uncertain. The imm Glaucous Gull was present around the Porthcawl area and seen going to roost in Port Talbot Docks until 12th at least. The photogenic imm Iceland Gull was at Taff Embankment until 19th at least. A Hoopoe was in a Rhoose garden on 20th. A f/o Hooded Crow at Parc Slip was a nice surprise for the observers. Finally the much twitched & photographed Little Bunting was last seen at Forest Farm on 7th.

Other Notable Species
An Egyptian Goose was found at Cosmeston on 8th till 27th which then flew west to Ogmore Est. 29th & 30th. The long-staying Long-tailed Duck was still present at north Cardiff on 12th. A Great Northern Diver was off Sker Point 24th. Red-throated Divers were seen at Crymlyn Burrows 2nd [3], Rhossili 6th [2], Bracelet Bay 11th [2] & Sker Point 24th [2]. A single Manx Shearwater was off Crymlyn Burrows 2nd. Ospreys were seen at Ogmore 6th & 9th and the Garw Valley 20th. A Ruff was at Whiteford 18th and a Spotted Redshank was at Llanilid 26th. Little Ringed Plovers were at Loughor Bridge 6th & 12th [3], present at River Tawe Ponds 8th-30th, the Watermill with singles on 8th & 18th, Parc Slip 9th & Kenfig Saltmarsh 20th, 23rd & 27th. Arctic Skuas were seen off Caswell Bay 10th, Sker Point [2DP] & Kenfig Sands [2LP] both 24th. Sandwich Terns were seen off Bracelet Bay 6th, Port Eynon Point 9th [14], Caswell Bay & Broughton 10th [9], Oxwich Point 11th [4], Burry Inlet 19th [18] & Kenfig Sands 19th [3]. Common Terns were at Caswell Bay 10th & Burry Inlet 19th [12]. Two Arctic Terns at Burry Inlet on 19th. Little Terns were at Burry Inlet 23rd [2] and at Kenfig Beach 24th. A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at Cwm Cadlan LNR 18th. A Firecrest was reported at Parc Slip. Ring Ouzels were seen at Kenfig NNR 8th, Dunraven 10th & Pant Norton 23rd.

Unknown origin:
A Golden Pheasant was seen & photographed in a  Abercynon garden 27th.

Bonaparte's Gulls by P. M. Howlett
March 2015

A drake Garganey was found at Kenfig Saltmarsh, which was joined by another male 13th, both of which were still present 26th. The drake Lesser Scaup frequented CBWR and Cosmeston this month. A Red-necked Grebe was seen in Oxwich Bay 4th. The regular Great White Egrets were at Wernffwrd 22nd and a report of a GWE fly-over at Ogmore 13th. Two Avocets were on the tide at Whiteford Point 17th. The regular Bonaparte's Gull was in Cardiff Bay or at the Heliport most of month, however it was joined by a second adult on 24th until 28th, with one present till month's end. The second individual could be the one that was present at the Ogmore in 2013. The 1st W Glaucous Gull found at Sker in January was now frequenting the Porthcawl area from 3rd to 28th at least. A 2CY Iceland Gull was found in Cardiff Bay 22nd and was then found up river at the Taff Embankment 27th till end of month. Great Grey Shrikes were at Pengwern Common 10th and a new bird at Bwlch-y-Llandron (Hirwaun Common) 14th till 22nd at least. A Siberian Chiffchaff was reported at Overton sewage works 4th. The showy Little Bunting remained at Forest Farm all month.

Other Notable Species
Pale-bellied Brent Geese were seen at Blackpill 7th and still present at Gileston 8th. A female Scaup was on Kenfig Pool 20th. The Long-tailed Duck was still at Aberavon Beach 14th till 22nd and the long-staying male was still at Lisvane Reservoir 20th.  Two Grey Partridge were seen at Ogmore-by-sea 18th, this species is now considered scarce in East Glamorgan. Red-throated Divers were at Aberavon 14th [2], 22nd [3], 31st [2] & Oxwich 20th [9]. A Great Northern Diver off Crymlyn Burrows 31st. A Ruff and a Spotted Redshank were seen at Wernffwrd 22nd. Ospreys were seen flying-over at Rudry 8th, Coryton and Talygarn Lake 26th. An adult Little Gull was in Cardiff Bay 4th till 31st at least. A Yellow-legged Gull was at Cosmeston 30th. A Ring Ouzel was at Sker 19th. Migrant Dartford Warblers were at Llanilid 5th & Sker Point 12th. A Firecrest was seen at Parc Slip 4th. Up to 4 Black Redstarts were still present at Penarth Marina most of month. The Ogmore Water Pipit was present 11th and is now acquiring summer plumage. A Scandinavian Rock Pipit was seen at Ogmore Estuary 11th.  A report of two Tree Sparrows coming into a Cowbridge garden feeder keeps the hope alive that this species is still present in the county, albeit precariously.

Little Bunting by R. Mitchell
February 2015

The drake Lesser Scaup was settled in CBWR all month. Slavonian Grebes were seen off Whiteford Point 8th [2] and Wernffwrd 22nd [4]. The regular Great White Egrets were seen on 22nd at Wernffwrd. An adult Bonaparte's Gull was found at the Cardiff Heliport on 1st, presumably the returning bird for its 7th winter. It was seen around the area till 15th at least. The 1st W Glaucous Gull was still in the Sker Point-Pink Bay area most of month. Another juvenile bird was seen at Crymlyn Burrows on 18th. Great Grey Shrikes were seen at the regular site of Garwnant 4th and the bird at Pengwern Common reappeared on 14th and was still present till 27th. The undoubted highlight of the month goes to the Little Bunting found at Forest Farm, Cardiff on 5th and present till month's end. This well watched and photographed bird was the first for East Glamorgan and the 3rd VC41 record.

Other Notable Species
Pale-bellied Brent Geese were seen at Gileston with 19 there on 7th and 17 on 12th. This constitutes the highest numbers ever seen in East Glamorgan for this race. The long-staying male Long-tailed Duck was present & viewable on Lisvane Reservoir 3rd till 13th. Female LTDs were present off Rhosilli 15th and Crymlyn Burrows 18th. Red-throated Divers were at Oxwich Bay 7th [7], Sker Point 9th [2] & Port Eynon 15th [3]. Last months Great Northern Divers were still in Oxwich Bay 1st and Cardiff Bay 4th. Yellow-legged Gulls were present in Cardiff Bay 1st & 15th both adults, a 1st W at Ogmore on 1st and adults at Cosmeston Lakes 4th & 11th. The Cardiff & Cosmeston birds could relate to one individual. At least two Short-eared Owls remained at RGW till 20th with another 3 being seen at Llanilid on 21st. Nine Choughs were seen together on south Gower 21st. The Ogmore Firecrest remained around the water treatment works until 12th at least. Water Pipits were seen at RGW 4th & Ogmore 7th. Up to 7 Black Redstarts still remain around the Penarth Marina-Barrage area.  Finally the Hawfinches at Fforestganol were seen intermittently most of month with 20 there on 6th.

Fiercest by J. Slocombe
January 2015


The drake Lesser Scaup was present all month at CBWR. Two Slavonian Grebes were off Wernffwrd 13th. A Great White Egret was seen on Llanrhidian Marsh 13th. Immature Glaucous Gulls were seen at Pink Bay 15th to 18th at least and another at Cosmeston 15th. The 1st W Caspian Gull was possibly seen again in Cardiff Bay 4th. Great Grey Shrikes were seen at Pengwern Common 5th to 11th, Garwnant 16th & 22nd and another at Ffyonnon Tyle-teg 26th. The Wood Larks seen in 2014 were still at Overton with 3 being seen on 8th & 12th. 

Other Notable Species
Up to 6 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were seen at Aberthaw 6th. A Long-tailed Duck was at Crymlyn Burrows 4th and the long staying 1st year male was still present in north Cardiff. Red-throated Divers were seen at Tusker Rock, Ogmore 4th [5], Oxwich Bay 11th [1] & Port Eynon Point 27th [1]. Great Northern Divers were at Cardiff Bay 1st till 26th at least, Oxwich Bay 11th & Port Eynon 27th till 31st. Bitterns were at KNNR 4th [2] & 15th and at Forest Farm, Cardiff 4th & 13th. A Spotted Redshank was at Dalton's Point 4th. Up to 3 Short-eared Owls were again at RGW 2nd & 8th. A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at Blackweir, Cardiff 18th. A Firecrest was at Ogmore 16th to 31st. Two Water Pipits were seen at Ogmore 25th. Up to 5 Black Redstarts were still around Penarth Marina all month. Finally Hawfinches were seen at Fforestganol on several dates, max: 20 on 10th and more interestingly 2 were seen at Forest Farm on 11th.

(Reports by NPR (EG) & MH, BS & RHAT (WG) compiled by DRWG)
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