GOWER AND WEST GLAMORGAN
HIGHLIGHTS: A Hume’s Leaf Warbler in a Middleton garden (29th-31st) was joined by another (31st). A Siberian Chiffchaff passed through (30th). Also in the Middleton area was a Barred Warbler early in the month, and a Pallas’s Warbler (30th). A record month for Yellow-browed Warblers saw 20-30 birds involved, including peaks of nine at Oxwich and six at Mewslade. A Grey Phalarope was at Rhossilli (1st). Six Wood Larks were in Mewslade (23rd). A Little Bunting was ringed at Oxwich (20th), with a Rose-coloured Starling also there. A Richard’s Pipit was near Whiteford (30th). Firecrests were at Mumbles and Oxwich. A Hen Harrier was in Llanrhidian (27th).
OTHER SITES: The Broughton Bay area held a Black Redstart, 150 Linnets, 60 Gannets, 25 Razorbills, eight Common Scoters, 15 Brent Geese, a Hobby, Merlin and Red-throated Diver. There were 250 Sky Larks and eight Yellowhammers at Pitton Green. Oxwich had 40 Snipe, 40 Goldcrests, 15 Chiffchaffs and a Jack Snipe. Weobley (27th) held 820 Golden Plovers, 1,160 Starlings, a Peregrine and Red Kite. Whiteford had 350 dark-bellied and one pale-bellied Brent Geese, two Red-breasted Mergansers and 19 Eider. Dyffryn logged two Ring Ouzels, nine Jays and 20 Bullfinches. Glais had 136 Goldfinches. At Daltons Point (27th), there were 60 Redshanks, 15 Dunlin, 80 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 45 Shelducks, two Pintails and two Shovelers. Terry Tovey