Scarce and rare birds in June 2019

Ramsay’s MYRTLE WARBLER cruelly disappeared early on 1st, so it only just crept in to this month!

An unseasonal Whooper Swan was on Anglesey on 30th and Spoonbills were seen at several locations, with four still at WWC (Carmarthen) from 10th-15th, at Malltraeth (Anglesey) on 5th, NWR (Gwent) on 15th and 21st and on the Alaw Estuary (Anglesey) on 22nd.  The long staying GLOSSY IBIS remained at NWR (Gwent) on 8th-22nd. A Black-throated Diver was unseasonal off Dinas Dinlle (Caernarfon) on 23rd, as was a small flock of eleven Common Scoter on Llyn Aled (Denbighshire) on 27th-29th. The RING-NECKED DUCK remained nearby on Llyn Bran (Denbighshire) on 21st-23rd. A SPOTTED CRAKE was heard at Cors Ddyga (Anglesey) on 16th.  A BLACK KITE was over Nevern (Pembrokeshire) on 22nd.

RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was at the WWC (Pembrokeshire) on 8th and NWC (Carmarthen) on 9th and a STONE CURLEW was on Skokholm on 16th – only the fifth record for the island and sixth for Pembrokeshire. A Dotterel wason Cadair Idris (Gwynedd) on 1st-2nd and Wood Sandpipers were on Skokholm on 23rd and at the WWC (Carmarthen) on 26th. A LAUGHING GULL off Skokholm on 10th was the first record for the island and returned on 26th.

A Golden Oriole was on Bardsey on 2nd. COMMON ROSEFINCHES were on Bardsey on 1st and on the Great Orme (Caernafon) on 2nd. A fine summer plumaged ROSE-COLOURED STARLING was at St. David’s (Pembrokeshire) on 4th, with another in Aberdaron on 3rd -5th, but the over-wintering bird at Llandudno now finally seems to have gone AWOL.  A Hoopoe was at Mynydd Eilian (Anglesey) on 26th. A male RED-BACKED SHRIKE was on the Great Orme (Caernarfon) on 17th, only the second site record. A Turtle Dove was at Cors Ddyga (Anglesey) on 23rd, a SHORT-TOED LARK frequented Skokholm from 22nd-26th and a Black Redstart was on nearby Skomer on 9th.

Three rare warblers stole the show in the north-west this month: a GREENISH WARBLER was on Bardsey on 6th, an elusive but ultimately photogenic SAVI’S WARBLER was at RSPB Cors Ddyga (Anglesey) from 14th-26th and a BLYTH’S REED WARBLER was at Wylfa near Cemaes (Anglesey) on 15th.

Finally, a LAUGHING DOVE was seen and photographed at a private location near St. David’s on 27th, but its provenance is unknown – most likely an escape.

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