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The mas­sive news this month was the dis­cov­ery of an im­mac­u­late Yel­low-rumped War­bler singing on the is­land of Skokholm, Pem­brokeshire, on 18th. Else­where, Welsh news was dom­i­nated by a King Eider (first-sum­mer fe­male) off Aber­aeron, Ceredi­gion, from the last week of the month, and a wan­der­ing Caspian Tern seen in Glam­or­gan and Car­marthen­shire.


HOLY­HEAD AREA: At South Stack, a record 12,632 Manx Shear­wa­ters flew north in four hours (6th). Also there was a Black Guille­mot (3rd), Cross­bill (16th) and an Arc­tic Skua. The In­land Sea held 15 Mediter­ranean Gulls, six Bar-tailed God­wits and five Black-tailed God­wits. A Marsh Har­rier was at Val­ley Wet­lands. The Alaw Es­tu­ary logged Whim­brel, Bar-tailed Godwit, San­der­ling, Green­shank, Black-tailed Godwit, Com­mon Sandpiper, Lap­wing, Red­shank, Mediter­ranean Gull and, to­wards the end of the month, the first re­turn­ing Teal and Com­mon Gull. An Amer­i­can Golden Plover was just north of the es­tu­ary (1st). OTHER SITES: Rhos­neigr held an un­sea­sonal Red-throated Diver (10th), Lit­tle Tern (14th) and Hobby (15th). Cem­lyn had a Mediter­ranean Gull, Lit­tle Owl, Dunlin, San­der­ling and Black-tailed Godwit. Ken Croft


LLANGORSE LAKE: Bar­na­cle Geese peaked at 23 adults and two broods of four young. The Canada Goose moult flock num­bered 600. Mute Swans in­creased to 150. Coots en­joyed a good breed­ing sea­son with 34 adults and 16 young. Two Lit­tle Egrets sum­mered. Sedge War­bler num­bers were down, but Reed War­bler den­sity was sta­ble at 80 pairs. There was a west­erly move­ment of Lesser Black-backed Gulls (16th) and a Com­mon Tern (23rd). Wader pas­sage be­gan (29th) with two Red­shanks, two Com­mon Sand­pipers and a Black-tailed Godwit join­ing the breed­ing Lap­wings, Oys­ter­catch­ers and Lit­tle Ringed Plovers. OTHER SITES: Sur­veys on the Elenydd Range above Aberg­wesyn and Beu­lah found fif­teen ter­ri­to­ries of Whin­chats, and low num­bers of breed­ing Stonechats, Reed Bunt­ings, Red Grouse, Snipe, Teal, Golden Plovers and Dunlin. Whin­chats were also at Craig Cer­rig Gleisiad, Heol Senni, Glas­fynydd, and at sev­eral sites in the Black Moun­tains. Wil­low Tits are in­creas­ingly scarce, but two ter­ri­to­ries were found in the Senni Val­ley, close to six pairs of Pied Fly­catch­ers. There were 25 Stock Doves near Aber­bran (4th). The River Usk at Scethrog pro­vided a fam­ily of Mute Swan, King­fisher, Reed Bunting, Whitethroat and Sedge War­bler. Ty Mawr Pool at­tracted breed­ing Mute Swans and Lit­tle Grebes, and a vis­it­ing King­fisher. Forty pairs of Black-headed Gulls nested at Brechfa Pool with at least 52 ju­ve­niles (30th). There were 25 Mis­tle Thrushes, a Curlew and Green Wood­pecker fam­ily at Ponde. Andrew King (01874 658 351), with Gareth Rees and Steve Jones


HIGH­LIGHTS: A King Eider at Aber­aron (26th-29th) was a first for Ceredi­gion and the sec­ond Welsh record. A Quail was near Tan-y-groes (25th). Five Storm Pe­trels were at Mwnt (19th). Two Arc­tic Skuas passed Aberys­t­wyth (15th). A Red-footed Fal­con was near Llyn Ber­wyn, east of Tre­garon (12th-13th). May’s six Cat­tle Egrets re­mained at Ynys­las (to 12th), with one (25th). There were 500 Manx Shear­wa­ters and 53 Gan­nets at Aber­aron (25th) and 17 Mediter­ranean Gulls at Llansantf­fraed (20th). Ynys-hir held 24 Black-tailed God­wits, a Lit­tle Ringed Plover and Ruff (28th). John A Davis (john­davis@mid­wales­bird­watch­


HIGH­LIGHTS: Con­nah’s Quay had two Great White Egrets for most of the month. A Cat­tle Egret flew over Shot­ton (4th). A Storm Petrel was off Rhos Point (29th). Point of Ayr had two Arc­tic Skuas, a Great Skua, 10 Manx Shear­wa­ters, Ful­mar and a prob­a­ble Storm Petrel (8th). Gro­nant had five Whim­brels and two Grasshopper War­blers (2nd). The Gro­nant Lit­tle Tern colony is set for a record-break­ing sea­son. The num­ber of pairs in­creased from 141 to about 160 pairs. Com­mon Terns at Shot­ton had 407 nests, an in­crease of 18% up on last year. COASTAL SITES: Con­nah’s Quay had two Ravens, a Meadow Pipit, Lin­net, Com­mon Tern and a flock of 40 Goldfinches (30th). IN­LAND SITES: World’s End-min­era Moun­tain had good num­bers of Whin­chats and Stonechats with young, Meadow Pip­its, five Mis­tle Thrushes, Lin­nets, two Bullfinches, Sky­larks, Wil­low War­blers, Kestrel, Buz­zards and Ravens (26th). A Hobby flew over Bur­ton pur­sued by House Martins (24th). Sky­larks were in Treva­lyn but the once plen­ti­ful Yel­lowham­mers there have dis­ap­peared. Alyn Waters CP had Dippers with young, Grey Wag­tail, three Jays, Treecreeper, Kestrel, Buz­zard, Chif­fchaff, Great Spot­ted Wood­pecker and Bullfinch (9th). Llay Pool had a Red Kite (26th), Reed Bunt­ings, Goldfinches, Chif­fchaffs and a pair of Mute Swans. Nor­man Hal­las, Rev. Hugh Linn & Richard Smith


HIGH­LIGHTS: A Caspian Tern was at Ken­fig (25th), hav­ing been ear­lier in the day at Jersey Marine. A Night Heron at Cosme­ston (18th-19th) was the sec­ond site record. A Great White Egret was at Ken­fig salt­marsh (3rd). Goosanders bred at Og­more Es­tu­ary for the first time. Sea­watch­ing at Lav­er­nock brought Great North­ern Diver (6th), Storm Pe­trels (max. seven, 8th), Manx Shear­wa­ters (max. 3,000, 9th), and two Arc­tic Skuas plus five Lit­tle Terns (11th). Storm Pe­trels were off South­ern­down, Porth­cawl and Sully Is­land. Manx Shear­wa­ters at Porth­cawl peaked at 6,000 (11th). Paul Roberts


HIGH­LIGHTS: A Rose-coloured Star­ling was in Gow­er­ton for a few days (from 11th). A Red-backed Shrike was in Cwm Ivy (26th). OTHER SITES: Worms Head had seven Puffins and 200 Manx Shear­wa­ters. A Cross­bill was in Lang­land (16th). A prob­a­ble Black Red­start was on Pen­nard golf course (29th). Mum­bles (9th) held 19 Storm Pe­trels, 3,500 Manx Shear­wa­ters and seven Gan­nets. Terry Tovey


HIGH­LIGHTS: An Osprey was at Llan­degfedd Reser­voir (25th-29th). A Quail was at Cross Ash (25th). NEW­PORT WET­LANDS RE­SERVE: There was a White Wag­tail (10th) and Ful­mar (12th). OTHER SITES: The Scaup re­mained at Llan­degfedd Reser­voir (to 1st), with two Sand­wich Terns there (20th) and six Com­mon Scot­ers (29th). Peter­stone Gout logged three Kit­ti­wakes (6th), a Storm Petrel and Gannet (9th), 475 Manx Shear­wa­ters (11th) and five Avo­cets (30th). Three Night­jars were at Went­wood (22nd). Chris Hatch


HIGH­LIGHTS: Two Grey Herons were seen. A Spoon­bill was present (14th-15th). A Honey Buz­zard flew over (27th). Eleven Black-tailed God­wits and three Whim­brels were recorded (1st-6th). There were two Com­mon Sand­pipers (20th). Nor­mally quite rare on Skomer, there were three records of Coot (4th, 28th & 30th). There were five records of Col­lared Dove in­clud­ing one singing (9th). There was a Tur­tle Dove (1st-2nd). A Cuckoo sang (4th). Swifts passed through on 10 dates, max­i­mum 23 (19th). A Sand Martin was recorded (12th), with five (13th) and two (16th). The last few Swal­lows were still pass­ing through mid-month. House Martins were recorded on six dates with 13 (2nd) and four (21st). Reed War­blers were recorded (4th & 13th). Three Chif­fchaffs were recorded and there was a late Wil­low War­bler (4th). Spot­ted Fly­catch­ers were seen on four dates (to 12th). The Star­ling flock built up to 35. A Com­mon Rosefinch sang (22nd-25th). Ed Stub­bings


WYE VAL­LEY: Re­turn­ing Green Sand­pipers were seen at Er­wood, Glas­bury and Hay and Dunlin, Red­shank and Green­shank found at Llowes. Fam­ily par­ties of Man­darin were on the river at Rhayader, Boughrood and Llanstephan, where three King­fish­ers were found and three Lit­tle Egrets flew up­stream. Sedge War­blers were scarce but Hob­bies were seen at six sites. Fam­ily par­ties of Wil­low Tit were at Bryn­wern, Cors y Llyn and Doldowlodd, where King­fisher and Tree Spar­row were found. ELAN VAL­LEY: Fam­i­lies of Hawfinch were at Glan­nau and Ca­ban Lake­side. An Osprey and a Lit­tle Egret were at Craig Goch as well as Green Sandpiper, 20 Sand Martins, Short-eared Owl, Snipe, Whin­chat and Grasshopper War­bler. In the up­per Claer­wen were two fam­i­lies of Teal, Dunlin, Golden Plover, Short-eared Owl, Grasshopper War­bler and Kestrel. Red Grouse were found at Y Foel as well as Ring Ouzel, Cross­bill and a Yel­lowham­mer. Great Crested Grebes were at Dol y My­nach, Craig Goch and Claer­wen. OTHER SITES: Quail were heard at Even­jobb, Llowes, Glan­wye and Hun­dred House. A pair of Gar­ganey were at Bwlchyfed­wen Pool. Lit­tle Egrets were at Glas­bury, Builth, Knighton, Peny­bont and Rhayader. A Hawfinch was at Knighton and a Firecrest at Presteigne. A Golden Plover was on Aberedw Hill and 30 Cross­bills at Cre­g­rina. Night­jars were found at eleven sites. Pete Jen­nings, Radnorshire(vc43) bird Recorder, rad­nor­shire­birds@hot­, Tel: 01588 680631

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