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HIGH­LIGHTS: Fresh Manx Shear­wa­ter re­mains were found at a Pere­grine roost on a Bre­con church-tower (3rd). A Great White Egret was at Llan­gorse Lake all month, with two (from 25th). Yel­low-browed War­blers were trapped at Llan­gasty (8th & 22nd). There were 18 Ring Ouzels in the Claer­wen Val­ley (10th). At Llan­wrthwl, a Tree Spar­row came to gar­den feed­ers (13th), with six Bram­blings nearby (15th). Hen Har­ri­ers hunted Gam­rhiw, Epynt, Crai and Cantref Reser­voir. Win­ter thrush mi­gra­tion peaked (30th) with 6,000 Field­fares and 4,000 Red­wings down the Wye Val­ley at Llan­wrthwl.

LLAN­GORSE LAKE: Maxima in­cluded 161 Mute Swans, 540 Canada Geese, 212 Coots, 57 Wi­geon, five Pin­tails and a Man­darin. The first Gold­en­eye re­turned (15th). There was a Red­shank (8th), Dun­lin (18th), 36 Snipe and a Jack Snipe. The gull roost (11th) held 750 Lesser Black-backed, 200 Black-headed and 13 Com­mon Gulls. Ten Yel­lowham­mers and six Red-legged Par­tridges fed near the vil­lage (21st). The Star­ling roost in­creased to 15,000.

OTHER SITES: Late broods of House Martins were in Llan­fry­nach, Pen­pont and Llan­wrthwl. A Red­wing was at Cwm Cla­is­fer (4th), when 15 Cross­bills were at Ystrad­fellte. A Short-eared Owl and Mer­lin were on Myny­dds Llan­gatwg and Ill­tyd re­spec­tively (6th). Goshawks were in up­land forestry at Taly­bont and Llanbedr. Field­fare ar­rived with 15 over Llan­wrthwl (14th), with many thou­sands cross­ing the county in the last week.

Sixty Red­polls were in Cwm Banw (24th). A Ring Ouzel was with Field­fares at Neuadd Reser­voir (25th). Fan Hir ridge (27th) held a Mer­lin, Kestrel, Cross­bill and Green­land Wheatear. In the Tawe Val­ley, southerly Wood­pi­geon move­ments be­gan. Andrew King and www.brec­knock­

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