February’s tropical air soon became a distant memory as several Atlantic low pressure systems took control and brought things back to typical March weather.
A drake RING-NECKED DUCK was on Llyn Bran (Denbighshire) over 6th-28th and is possibly the same bird that frequented Llyn Caer Euni earlier in the winter. The queen KING EIDER was re-sighted at Ynyslas on 31st after a few weeks in hiding. A drake SMEW was at NWC Llanelli (Carmarthen) from 1st-22nd. A Black-necked Grebe was at Kenfig (Glamorgan) from 2nd-16th and Red-necked Grebeswere at Llangorse (Powys) on 4th and again off Bangor Pier (Caernarfon) on 11th. Black-throated Divers were off Holyhead on 15th-26th, at Whitesands Bay (Pembrokeshire) on 26th and off Benllech (Anglesey) on 27th. Four Cattle Egrets remained at Porthcawl (Glamorgan) up to 19th, two were still at St. Dogmaels (Pembrokeshire) on 3rd and one was at Kenfig NNR on 20th. Three Spoonbillsremained at NWC Llanelli (Carmarthen) up to at least 27th and the GLOSSY IBIS remained at NWR (Gwent) until at least 28th. A WHITE STORK over Ewenny (Glamorgan) on 26th may or may not have been truly wild, but a CRANE over Carmarthen 28th certainly was. A Grey Phalarope was a good March tick and proved popular and photogenic at RSPB Conwy between 14th and 21st after unrelenting NW winds. A Little Gull was in Cardiff Bay (Glamorgan) throughout the month. An early Hoopoe was in Robeston West on 1st and Broadhaven on 5th-6th and possibly the same bird was at Llandloy (all Pembrokeshire) on 25th. A Turtle Dove was in a garden at Rhoose Point (Glamorgan) between 7th and 17th. Water Pipits were on the Ogmore Estuary on 1st-12th, Penrhos CP (Anglesey) on 11th, Rumney Great Wharf (Glamorgan) from 13th-27th, Newport (Pembrokeshire) on 14th and Peterstone Wentlooge on 23rd-24th. A continued sprinkling of Black Redstarts included singles at Kinmel Bay from 1st-4th, St. Brides (Pembrokeshire) and Skokholm on 24th and Martin’s Haven (Pembrokeshire) on 30th. A Firecrest was at Kenfig NNR (Glamorgan) on 2nd. Siberian Chiffchaffs were at Haverfordwest (Pembrokeshire) on 20th and Skokholm on 22nd. A rather early Common Whitethroat was at Pwllheli on 25th. The regular wintering Great Grey Shrike was seen at Llyn Brenig (Denbighshire) on several dates in the second half of the month and others were at Plumstone Mountain (Pembrokeshire) on 24th-27th, Tregaron Bog (Ceredigion) on 28th and Cors Caron (Ceredigion) on 31st.
Grey Phalarope at RSPB Conwy (Bob Garrett)
Ring-necked Duck at Llyn Bran (Tony Pope)
Osprey Mrs G returned to Glaslyn for her sixteenth summer on March 25th. (Eifyn Lewis)