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