Scarce and rare birds in August 2019

This summary is compiled for birdsin.wales by Robin Sandham. Records featured are subject to acceptance by the British Birds Rarities Committee (bold capitals) and the Welsh Records Panel (bold italic capitals), where relevant. Please note that records will appear in this summary before they have been accepted by the appropriate record panel.

Spoonbills were at NWC Llanelli (Carmarthen) on 2nd and from 18th-19th, RSPB Cors Ddyga (Anglesey) from 3rd-21st and two were at NWR (Gwent) on 3rd.  The GLOSSY IBIS was seen at NWR (Gwent) on 4th.  A Cattle Egret was at NWC (Carmarthen) from 5th-24th. The RING-NECKED DUCK was seen again on Llyn Bran (Denbighshire) on 28th.

Grey Phalaropes were off Strumble (Pembrokeshire) on 6th, Skokholm on 21st and St. Ann’s Head (Pembrokeshire) on 25th.  Wood Sandpipers were at WWC (Pembrokeshire) on 8th, Llangorse on 6th and the NWC (Carmarthen) on 9th.

CORY’S SHEARWATER was off Bardsey on 1st and Uwchmynydd on 17th. Bardsey continued its streak with a GREAT SHEARWATER on 19th followed by a probable FEA’S PETREL on 20th.  A Long-tailed Skua was off Strumble on 11th. Five European Storm Petrels were ringed at Point Lynas (Anglesey) on 3rd and another on 25th; three flew past Mwnt (Ceredigion) on 11th and one was off Bury Pier (Carmarthen) and off Lavernock Point (Glamorgan) on 10th. Balearic Shearwaters were off Aberystwyth on 9th, Skokholm on 16th, Strumble on 10th, 18th and 22th, off Mwnt (Ceredigion) on 10th and Cemlyn (Anglesey) on 27th. A Manx Shearwater was out of place in Cardiff Bay (Glamorgan) on 5th. Black Terns were off Point Lynas on 21st, Bardsey on 26th and Rhos Point on 28th.  A national influx between 23rd and 25th saw 36 at Llangorse (Powys) on 24th with 15 remaining on 25th.

A female RED-BACKED SHRIKE was photographed near Pwllheli (Caernarfon) on 2nd but news only came out almost a week later.  A Hoopoe was near Llangefni (Anglesey) on 26th.

News was confirmed that SAVI’S WARBLER bred at RSPB Cors Ddyga this summer.  For the full story see: https://www.rspb.org.uk/about-the-rspb/about-us/media-centre/press-releases/history-made-as-first-pair-of-savis-warbler-nest-in-wales/.

TAWNY PIPIT flew over Rhossilli Bay (Gower) on 27th. An ORTOLAN BUNTING was at Tonyrefail (Glamorgan) on 26th. Wrynecks were at Ogmore Estuary (Glamorgan) from 26th-28th (a very obliging and photogenic individual!), Skokholm on 25th-26th, and the 26th saw further reports from St. David’s Head (Pembrokeshire), Peterstone Wentlooge (Gwent) and Bardsey.  A Black Redstart was in Cwmystwyth (Ceredigion) on 19th.

Please note that this monthly review is being published slightly early – any scarce and rare birds recorded between 29th and 31st August will appear in the September review!

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