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HIGH­LIGHTS: A Baird’s Sand­piper at Kenfig Pool was the first in our area since 1972. This site also held a Firecrest, Gar­ganey and Marsh Har­rier. A Dot­terel near Cwm Nash was an un­usual au­tumn oc­cur­rence. A Wry­neck was at Aberthaw. Lav­er­nock logged a Great White Egret, Firecrest and three Hawfinches over. A Great Grey Shrike re­turned at Gar­w­nant. A Bittern over Brid­gend was a sur­prise. Our best ever ar­rival of Yel­low-browed War­blers saw ap­prox­i­mately 20 at 16 sites, with five at Kenfig.

OTHER SITES: Six dark-bel­lied Brent Geese, two Mer­lins and a Short-eared Owl were at Sker, with fur­ther Shor­ties at Cwm Nash and Rum­ney Great Wharf (two). A Hen Har­rier flew in off the sea at Dun­raven, with another at Nash Point. Late Hobby records came from Parc Slip, Kenfig, Dun­raven and Cwm Nash. A Jack Snipe was at Kenfig, with 60 Snipe at the Water­mill, Og­more. Grey Par­tridges were at Llan­maes. Ring Ouzels were at Kenfig, Cwm Nash and Cwm Mawr. Two Black Red­starts were at Cardiff Bay bar­rage and one at Pe­narth Ma­rina. Five Choughs were on cliffs at South­ern­down. Vis­i­ble mi­gra­tion at Lav­er­nock saw 3,000 Chaffinches, 2,000 Goldfinches and five Bram­blings (30th), when 135 red­polls flew over Rudry. Paul Roberts

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