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A Glossy Ibis was at Cors Caron (6th-7th), with a Quail (17th).a Cory’s Shear­wa­ter was off New Quay (9th). A Black Guille­mot was at Mwnt (13th).


Med Gull pas­sage peaked at 190 at Aberys­t­wyth (4th) and 430 at Llanon

(27th). There were 11,000 Manx Shear­wa­ters and a Marsh Har­rier at Borth (16th). Ynys­las max­ima were 22 San­der­ling, 105 Sand­wich Terns, 750 Oys­ter­catch­ers, 250 Ringed Plovers, 40 Black-tailed God­wits, five Whim­brels, 12 Knot, 80 Common Terns, two Arc­tic Terns, Black Tern, three Curlew Sand­pipers, two Lit­tle Stints and 650 Dun­lin. A Lit­tle Stint was at the Teifi es­tu­ary (21st). A Green­shank was at Tanyb­wlch (30th). Ynys-hir logged four Lit­tle Stints, 12 Curlew Sand­pipers, five Bar-tailed God­wits, three Green Sand­pipers, Wood Sand­piper, Green­shank, two Lit­tle Ringed Plovers, two Ruff, 22 Black-tailed God­wits and 20 Knot. A sea­watch from Cardi­gan Head­land (21st) pro­duced Sooty Shear­wa­ter, 1,200 Manx Shear­wa­ters, four Arc­tic Skuas, three Great Skuas, a Po­ma­rine Skua, 360 Gan­nets, 60 Ful­mars and a Puf­fin. Two Whim­brels were at Aberys­t­wyth (4th). Two Arc­tic Skuas were there (27th) and one at Mwnt (13th). There were 120 Lin­nets at Llan­rhys­tud (24th). CORS CARON: There were three Green Sand­pipers (13th) and nine (17th). A Marsh Har­rier was seen (6th), with a Hobby at Pant Pool (26th). John A Davis (john­davis@mid­wales­bird­watch­ing.co.uk)


HIGH­LIGHTS: Two Lit­tle Stints were at the River Cl­wyd, Rhyl and two at Con­nah’s Quay (28th-29th). There was an in­flux of Curlew Sand­pipers through­out, with birds at Shot­ton, Con­nah’s Quay and Rhyl (five). Flyby birds in­cluded a Spoon­bill over Shot­ton Steel­works (5th), an Arc­tic Tern over Llyn Brenig (7th) and four Black Terns over Point of Ayr (20th), which also had 1,000 Sand­wich Terns, three Green­shank, two Whim­brel, a Green Sand­piper and 10 Yel­low Wag­tails. A Marsh Har­rier was at Con­nah’s Quay (7th), with two (30th). COASTAL SITES: Con­nah’s Quay held 15 Spot­ted Red­shanks, 15 Green­shanks, Green Wood­pecker and four Red­starts (7th), King­fisher, two Common Sand­pipers, 300 Red­shanks, 850 Black-tailed God­wits, and a Turn­stone (30th). IN­LAND SITES: Alyn Waters CP had two Kestrels, Sky Larks, Buz­zard, Dip­per, Grey Wag­tail, and good num­bers of Swallows and House Martins. Bradley had an impressive ket­tle of sev­eral Buz­zards, Spar­rowhawk, hirundines and 60 gulls catch­ing fly­ing ants (4th). Fenn’s had sev­eral fam­i­lies of Red­starts, Green and Great Spot­ted Wood­peck­ers, 14 Mis­tle Thrushes, Wheatears, Stonechats, a Spar­rowhawk, Kestrel and Buz­zard (10th). Pen-y-ffordd had 40 Lap­wings and two Bullfinches (25th). Tufted Ducks reared eight young at Gres­ford Flash. The pair of Man­darins re­mained at Gres­ford Lake. Spot­ted Fly­catch­ers, now very scarce here, bred again in Bur­ton. Mar­ford had 13 Buz­zards soar­ing. Nor­man Hal­las, Hugh Linn and Richard Smith


KENFIG: A Sooty Shear­wa­ter and 427 Manx Shear­wa­ters were off Sker (3rd). Two Gar­ganeys were at the river mouth. A Marsh Har­rier fre­quented the re­serve. A Dart­ford War­bler was ringed. A Lit­tle Stint was on the beach. A Hobby flew through. Five Sand­wich Terns were at Sker. OG­MORE ES­TU­ARY: Pant y Cw­teri had a Wry­neck (28th). Other sight­ings there and in Pant Nor­ton in­cluded Osprey, Marsh Har­rier, Hobby, Grasshop­per War­bler, Pied Fly­catcher and five Spot­ted Fly­catch­ers. A Gar­ganey lin­gered at the Water­mill. Pick of the waders were a Ruff, Curlew Sand­piper, Lit­tle Stint, Green­shank, three Green Sand­pipers and 10 Black-tailed God­wits. Three King­fish­ers and a Dip­per were on the es­tu­ary. Sev­eral Lit­tle Egrets were noted. Whin­chats and Yel­low Wag­tails were seen. OTHER SITES: Seawatch­ing at Porth­cawl brought two Balearic Shear­wa­ters, four Storm Pe­trels and three Lit­tle Terns. Storm Pe­trels were off Cardiff Bar­rage (six) and Lav­er­nock. Two Black Terns, Osprey and Lit­tle Egret were at Lis­vane Reser­voir. Lit­tle Egrets were at Aberthaw, Ben­drick Rock and Cosme­ston. A Night­jar was at Llan­wonno. A Black-tailed God­wit was at Cosme­ston. Aberthaw had Curlew Sand­piper and Knot. In an aboveav­er­age pas­sage of Pied Fly­catch­ers, records came from Rudry (three), Cardiff Bay, Cosme­ston, For­est Farm and Lav­er­nock, where Grasshop­per and Reed War­bler were seen. Paul Roberts


HIGH­LIGHTS: An Osprey and Marsh Har­rier were at Llan­rhid­ian. Four Curlew Sand­pipers, 137 Dun­lin, 52 Ringed Plovers, two Pere­grines, 35 Meadow Pip­its and a Whin­chat were at Weob­ley. A Lit­tle Stint, 250 Ringed Plovers, 400 Dun­lin and 12 Eiders were at White­ford. A Balearic Shear­wa­ter was off Tut Head. Oxwich held 25 Tree Pip­its and 44 Wil­low War­blers. Crofty had 135 Curlews and 50 Common Gulls. Over­ton held 15 Black­caps, 20 Whitethroats, two Gar­den War­blers, two Lesser Whitethroats, Red­start, Whin­chat, Grasshop­per War­bler and Dart­ford War­bler. Porteynon had four Sand­wich Terns and 62 Ringed Plovers. Tawny Owls bred in Singleton Park. NEATH/PORT TAL­BOT: Some 300 Oys­ter­catch­ers, 89 Curlews, and a Lit­tle Egret were at the Neath es­tu­ary, with 36 Red­shanks in Brunel Dock. Three Man­darins were on Fish Pond, Margam Park (from 13th). A Green­shank and three White Wag­tails were at Eglwys Nun­ydd Reser­voir (17th), with a Black Tern (20th). Three Storm Pe­trels were off Margam Break­wa­ter (22nd), with 35 Med Gulls at Port Tal­bot Harbour (27th). Three Sand­wich Terns and 105 Med Gulls were at Bracelet Bay (25th). Terry Tovey and Gwyn Ran­dall


HIGH­LIGHTS: A Wry­neck was at Por­ton (30th). Ospreys were at Llan­degfedd Reser­voir (4th & 16th). Wood Sand­pipers were at New­port Wet­lands (5th, 17th-18th & 26th). A Spoon­bill flew over Pon­ty­pool (12th). NEW­PORT WET­LANDS: There were 28 Yel­low Wag­tails (3rd), six Lit­tle Stints and a Spot­ted Red­shank (20th), and nine Curlew Sand­pipers plus a Marsh Har­rier (31st). Good num­bers of pas­sage waders were reported. OTHER SITES: A Gan­net was at Sud­brook (21st). Forty Red Grouse were at the Blorenge (29th). Large num­bers of waders were reported along the es­tu­ary, to­gether with a sig­nif­i­cant vis­i­ble mi­gra­tion of passer­ines. Chris Hatch


There were 2,331 Manx Shear­wa­ters, 11 Ful­mars, 65 Gan­nets, 138 Kit­ti­wakes and 14 Black-tailed God­wits (1st), with 123 Gan­nets (3rd). There were five Chif­fchaffs, 82 Lin­nets, three Wheatears and a Lit­tle Owl (4th), 13 Common Sand­pipers, an Arc­tic Tern and 290 Kit­ti­wakes (5th), 29 Wrens, 67 Wil­low War­blers and a Cuckoo (6th), and 4,943 Manx Shear­wa­ters (7th). A Siberian Chif­fchaff, Lesser Whitethroat, Great Skua and Med Gull were seen (8th), with a Lit­tle Ringed Plover, Snipe, Common Sand­piper, Tree Pipit, 39 Curlews, 101 Sand­wich Terns and two Arc­tic Terns (9th). There were 3,296 Manx Shear­wa­ters, 175 Gan­nets, 62 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 556 Kit­ti­wakes (10th), 72 Meadow Pip­its and 17 Rock Pip­its (11th), and 15,541 Manx Shear­wa­ters, 14 Ful­mars, 350 auks and 707 Kit­ti­wakes (12th). A Marsh Har­rier, two Kestrels and a Wood War­bler were seen (13th), with 110 Wil­low War­blers, Gar­den War­bler, Reed War­bler and 959 Kit­ti­wakes (14th). There were 37 Knot, two Green­shanks, two Ringed Plovers, an Osprey, six Spar­rowhawks and 29 Rock Pip­its (15th), with Red Kite (16th), and a Long-eared Owl, Bonelli’s War­bler, Citrine Wag­tail, three Purple Sand­pipers and three Green Sand­pipers (17th). Two Pied Fly­catch­ers were seen (18th), with 1,595 Manx Shear­wa­ters (19th), two Sooty Shear­wa­ters, Long-tailed Skua and Ruff (21st), and Curlew Sand­piper (22nd). There were 731 Wil­low War­blers, 68 Spot­ted Fly­catch­ers, 20 Black-tailed God­wits and three Po­ma­rine Skuas (23rd), an Ic­ter­ine War­bler, Or­tolan Bunt­ing and Melo­di­ous War­bler (from 23rd), two Wry­necks (25th), five San­der­ling and seven Purple Sand­pipers (26th), and a Black Guille­mot (31st). OTHER SITES: Porth­madog had a Black Tern (20th), and 50 Black-tailed God­wits plus four Curlew Sand­pipers (26th). Ynys, near Tal­sar­nau had five Black Terns (21st). Cric­ci­eth had two Eiders (6th). Y Fford had 19 Lit­tle Egrets, Wheatear, 16 Green­shanks, Pink-footed Goose, 50 Lap­wings and 50 Curlew (2nd). Morfa Ne­fyn (18th) had a mas­sive gath­er­ing of Swallows and Sand Martins. A few Gan­nets and Sand­wich Terns fed (20th). A Spot­ted Fly­catcher was at Pwll Wil­liam (22nd). Pwll­heli had 40 Sand­wich Terns (22nd), 42 Black-tailed and two Bar-tailed God­wits, two Green­shank, 15 Knot, four San­der­ling, four Common Sand­pipers, two Curlew Sand­pipers, two King­fish­ers, 130 Ringed Plovers, 100 Dun­lin, 200 Red­shanks, 40 Sand­wich Terns, two Goosanders, 24 Teal, Whin­chat, Red­start, Green Sand­piper, Lit­tle Stint, Med Gull and a few Turn­stones. Shirley Roul­ston


CORS DYFI: One Osprey egg failed, and the other chick died fol­low­ing an ac­ci­dent. The fe­male de­parted on the 25th, with the male still present at month’s end. Blue 24, the sec­ond fe­male, was also still about. LAKE VYRNWY: Common Scot­ers were present in vary­ing num­bers through­out. A Marsh Har­rier was seen (29th) and Hob­bies, two Goshawks, a Grasshop­per War­bler and eight Wil­low Tits were birds of note. OTHER SITES: Hob­bies were seen reg­u­larly through­out the county over the month. On Lake Glaslyn, up to three Ringed Plovers, un­usual here, were recorded. Dolydd Hafren and Llyn coed y Di­nas Reed War­blers had a suc­cess­ful sea­son, as did Goosanders, with groups of young on the Sev­ern. Bray­ton Holt


SKOMER: There were 100,000 Manx Shear­wa­ters off Skomer Head (3rd). Balearic Shear­wa­ters were recorded (8th & 20th-21st). Day­time Storm Pe­trels in­cluded three (3rd) and one (4th). Wild­fowl max­ima were 12 Teal, five Mal­lards, 10 Shov­el­ers and 20 Common Scot­ers. A Marsh Har­rier flew over (18th). Spar­rowhawks in­creased to four. Two Water Rails were recorded (18th). Wader max­ima in­cluded a Ringed Plover, two Golden Plovers, a Lap­wing, Lit­tle Stint, 47 records of Dun­lin, two Snipe, a Black-tailed God­wit, 11 Whim­brels, four Red­shanks, four Green­shanks, two Green Sand­pipers, three Common Sand­pipers and 13 Turn­stones. A Great Skua passed the Gar­land Stone (28th). Med Gulls were recorded (17th & 29th). Black-headed Gulls peaked at 50. Two Sand­wich Terns flew past Skomer Head (3rd). A Cuckoo was present (to 15th). Swifts were seen through­out, max­i­mum 11 (17th). An early Great Spot­ted Wood­pecker was seen (29th). A Wry­neck was found (28th), with two (29th-30th). There were 10 Sand Martins (5th & 16th), with 170 Swallows (29th) and eight House Martins (6th). Tree Pip­its were recorded (16th, 18th & 29th), with Yel­low Wag­tails (26th & 29th). Two or three Grey Wag­tails were seen (28th-30th). A Red­start was seen (16th). Whin­chats were recorded on five dates, with two (25th & 27th). There was a Grasshop­per War­bler (29th). Eleven records of Reed War­bler in­cluded three (30th). An Ic­ter­ine War­bler was seen (29th), with a Black­cap (29th-31st) and a Gar­den War­bler (30th). Max­ima were 21 Wil­low War­blers, four Gold­crests, 10 Spot­ted Fly­catch­ers and two Pied Fly­catch­ers. Ed Stub­bings (skomer.war­den@welsh­wildlife.org)

Semi­pal­mated Sand­piper, Gann Es­tu­ary, Pem­brokeshire, Au­gust

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