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HIGH­LIGHTS: There was a La­p­land Bunt­ing at Rhos­silli (15th) with two more at Weob­ley (12th). Ospreys were at Weob­ley (2nd), with pos­si­bly the same bird over Llan­rhid­ian, and Neath (17th). A Ruff was at Wernf­frwd (17th). Four Curlew Sand­pipers and a Lit­tle Stint were at White­ford, with an­other Curlew Sand­piper at Salt­house Point.

NEATH/PORT TALBOT: A Rose-coloured Star­ling vis­ited a Sand­fields Es­tate gar­den (from 29th). Eglwys Nun­ydd Reser­voir held two Black-necked Grebes, 31 Lit­tle Grebes, a Black Tern and an Arc­tic Tern. Crym­lyn Bur­rows had 256 San­der­ling, 220 Ringed Plovers, 60 Dun­lin and five Knot (3rd), when 450 Oys­ter­catch­ers, 78 Curlews, 12 Knot and two Whim­brels were at the River Neath Es­tu­ary. Aberavon Beach held 500 Oys­ter­catch­ers, 250 San­der­ling and 22 Bar-tailed God­wits (17th). There were 53 Mediter­ranean Gulls at Port Talbot Har­bour (17th). Three Man­darins were at Margam Park with an­other at Gnoll Park (22nd). Six Lit­tle Egrets were at Baglan Bay. Four Com­mon Sand­pipers and 44 Red­shanks were in Brunel Dock Basin. Two Whin­chats were on Margam Moors. King­fish­ers were at Baglan Pool (two), Margam Park, Gnoll Park and the River Ffry­d­wyllt. Four Red Kites were over Mynydd Em­roch.

OTHER SITES: Porteynon had two Arc­tic Skuas, 23 Com­mon Scot­ers, 35 Gan­nets and ten Sand­wich Terns. Salt­house Point had 385 Black-tailed God­wits, 42 Bar-tailed God­wits, 320 Knot, eight Grey Plovers and a Spot­ted Red­shank. Counts from White­ford were 6,220 Oys­ter­catch­ers 1,008 Dun­lin 307 Ringed Plovers, 24 Turn­stones, three Knot, five San­der­lings, 26 Pin­tails and 48 Wi­geon. Terry Tovey and Gwyn Ran­dall

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