Scarce and rare birds in May 2019

(The monthly reviews are compiled for WOS by Robin Sandham. Birds on the BBRC and Welsh rarities lists are indicated by bold capitals)

WESTERN ORPHEAN WARBLER on Bardsey on 19th  and a MYRTLE WARBLER on Ramsey (Pembrokeshire) on 31st steal the show this month.  

The queen KING EIDER remained at Ynyslas (Ceredigion) on the 5th, the RING-NECKED DUCK remained on Llyn Bran (Denbighshire) from 6th-20th and SURF SCOTERS were off Llanfairfechan (Caernarfon) on 6th and 12th. 

PURPLE HERON was at Ynyslas (Ceredigion) on 2nd-6th and one was at Malltraeth Marsh (Anglesey) from 13th-20th. The GLOSSY IBIS remained at NWR (Gwent) from 1st-18th and another was at Ynyslas on 10th-11th. Three Spoonbills remained at NWC Llanelli (Carmarthen) on 14th-17th, another was at Ynys Hir over 9th-15th, one at Lougher (Glamorgan) on 9th and one on the Inland Sea (Anglesey) on 31st. There was late news of a LITTLE BITTERN reported at Gowerton (Glamorgan) on 13th. Four Cattle Egrets were at Trefasser (Pembrokeshire) on 17th and three NIGHT HERONS flew over Skokholm (Pembrokeshire) on 30th.

BONAPARTE’S GULL was in Cardiff Bay on 3rd and it was a great month for Black Terns with a strong passage across the country between 7th and 9th. There were records from RSPB Conwy on 8th-9th, one at Valley Lakes (Anglesey) on 9th, ten at Kenfig (Glamorgan) and six off Sker Point (Glamorgan) on 7th, eighteen off Ynyslas (Ceredigion) on 8th, one at Coed-y-Dinas (Powys) on 8th, one at the NWC (Carmarthen) on 8th, fifteen at Llangorse on 8th and five at Rhaslas Pond (Glamorgan) on 8th, with three at NWR (Gwent) later in the month on 16th.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was on Skokholm from 25th-27th.  TEMMINCK’S STINTS were at Ynyslas (Ceredigion) on 13th and two were at Ynys y Fro Reservoir (Glamorgan) on 18th.  It remained a good spell for Dotterel with four on Plynlimon (Ceredigion), six on Foel Fras (Caernarfonshire) over 2nd-3rd, four on Carreg Llwyd (Carmarthen) over 6th-11th, one on The Range (Anglesey) from 11th-14th and three on Twmpa (Powys) on 11th. Wood Sandpipers were at Ynys Hir on 3rd, NWR (Gwent) on 6th and Malltraeth Marsh (Anglesey) on 12th.

Passerines faetured strongly as well. A CITRINE WAGTAIL was at Llangorse on 8th and a GREY-HEADED WAGTAIL was at Cemlyn (Anglesey) on 16th. A Hoopoe was on Skomer (Pembrokeshire) on 6th and one was in a garden in Cwmbach (Glamorgan) on 15th.

An ORTOLAN BUNTING was on Skomer (Pembrokeshire) on 16th and a COMMON ROSEFINCH was on Bardsey (Caernarfonshire) on 22nd. A WOODCHAT SHRIKE was on Skomer (Pembrokeshire) from 12th-14th and one was at Cemlyn (Anglesey) on 26th. A Turtle Dove – sadly now a rarity – was at the NWC on 8th and up to three were on Bardsey over 15th-17th, followed by a Firecrest there on 18th.  A SAVI’S WARBLER was at NWR (Gwent) over 26th-30th.  Another singing IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF was at Pantmaenog Forest (Pembrokeshire) from 25th-27th and the month ended with a flourish with the Ramsey MYRTLE WARBLER and a  GREENISH WARBLER ringed on Skokholm (Pembrokeshire) on 31st.

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