Scarce and rare birds in October 2018

This summary is compiled for WOS by Robin Sandham. Species in BOLD CAPITALS are Welsh rarities considered by the Welsh Records Panel and species in BOLD ITALIC CAPITALS are BBRC rarities which will be considered by the BBRC panel.

Persistent westerly systems meant there was only small numbers from the east and whilst American vagrants were turning up outside Wales they were surely high on the radar for the islands and Pembrokeshire coast. Several long staying vagrants were still around, including the wandering SNOWY OWL, seen again on Rhinogydd above Llyn Trawsfynydd (Meirionnydd) on 7th and relocated there on 10-11th.  

CATTLE EGRETS were numerous and recorded from Skokholm on 9th, the NWC on 9-28th, Gileston (Glamorgan) on 10th, Bardsey on 14th, Llangorse on 13-16th, the Inland Sea (Anglesey) on 19th, Pwllheli (Caernarfon) on 24th, Porthmadog (Caernarfon) on 28th, Kenfig on 28th and seven were seen flying NE offshore from Cemlyn (Anglesey) on 29th.

The queen KING EIDER was still on the Dovey from RSPB Ynys Hir over 18-25th. A HOODED MERGANSER was at Kidwelly (Carmarthen) on 7th and a LESSER SCAUP was a county first for Anglesey at Llyn Llygeirian over 20-29th. A RING-NECKED DUCK was at Llyn Caer Euni (Meirionnydd) over 15-29th and a GREEN-WINGED TEAL was reported in Roath Park on 25th.  A SURF SCOTER was reported off Bull Bay (Anglesey) on 31st.

The Black-necked Grebe remained in Cardiff Bay on 1-16th and a RED-NECKED GREBE was in Roath Park on 19-29th.  The Grey Phalarope remained at Pwllheli until 3rd, with others at Ynyslas (Ceredigion) until 1st, Foryd Bay (Caernarfon) on 14th, NWC on 15th, Skomer on 15th, Skokholm on 17th. A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was at NWR (Glamorgan) on 24-28th.

Sabine’s Gull was off Bardsey on 20thLeach’s Storm Petrels were off Strumble, Penrhos CP (Anglesey) on 26th and Rhos Point (Caernarfon) on 26th and Point Lynas (Anglesey) on 27th.

A BARRED WARBLER was on Skomer on 5th, and Bardsey on 26th.  A Woodlark flew over Bardsey on 7th, a COMMON ROSEFINCH was ringed there on 5th and others were reported over Bangor Harbour on 7th, Lavernock Point (Glamorgan) on 16th.

RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER was on Skomer on 9th. A RED-THROATED PIPIT flew over Colwyn Bay (Denbighshire) and another was at Llanon (Ceredigion) on 10th, both potential county firsts.  Richard’s Pipits were on Skokholm on 10th, Carmel Head on 14th, Llanon (Ceredigion) on 18th, Bardsey on 20th and 28th.  A superb SIBERIAN STONECHAT was on Bardsey on 16-18th and other eastern races included a Siberian Chiffchaff  on Skomer on 21st and a SIBERIAN LESSER WHITETHROAT  on Bardsey on 26-27th. A MELODIOUS WARBLER was a good mainland record at Pwll Cyw, Aberdaron (Caernarfonshire) over 22-28th.

A juvenile ROSY STARLING was in Castlemartin (Pembrokeshire) on 25th and another quite confiding one in Craig-y-Don, Llandudno (Caernarfon) on 30-31st. A late Wryneck was at Lavernock Point (Glamorgan) on 20-21st and late Hoopoes were seen at Lligwy Beach (Anglesey) on 15th and was at Abercastle on 26th. A Great Grey Shrike was at Llanychaer (Pembrokeshire) on 28thLapland Buntings were on the Great Orme on 28th and Ynyslas and Llanon (Ceredigion) on 29-30th.

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