Scarce and rare birds in September 2018

The queen KING EIDER was still on the Dovey near Aberdovey on 25th-26th. A Black-necked Grebe was on Llandegfedd Reservoir on 1st and in Cardiff Bay from 11th-29th. A PALLID HARRIER on the Dee was reported from Shotton (Flints) on 5th-6th, a potential second county record and in consecutive years. A CORNCRAKE was on Bardsey on 16th photographed sheltering in a crevice on the hillside along with another seen there on 29th. Two SPOTTED CRAKES were at Shotton (Flintshire) on 6th and another was at RSPB Conwy on 22nd.

CATTLE EGRETS were at the NWC on 15th, Ynyslas from 16th-25th and at Dingetow (Gwent) on 18th. A GLOSSY IBIS was at Sandy Haven (Pembrokeshire) on 24th.

Three BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were at Dale Airfield on 22nd-24th and one was on Skokholm on 27th. Two juvenile BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS were on the Gann Estuary (Pembrokeshire) from 13th-16th. PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were at the NWC (Carmarthen) on 15th-16th, Skomer on 17th and Cors Ddyga (Anglesey) on 29th. Grey Phalaropes were quite numerous, with birds on Skomer, NWR (Gwent) and the Ogmore Estuary (Glamorgan) on 21st, at Ynys Hir, Aberystwyth and off East Aberthaw on 22nd, Pwllheli 20-29th, two at Llanrhystyd 22-23rd with one meeting its end at the claws of a raptor. One was at Lisvane Reservoir (Glamorgan) on 21-23rd and another at Kidwelly on 29th. A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was at Ynys Hir on 29th.

A GREAT SHEARWATER was off Bardsey on 14th. Sabine’s Gulls were reported from Cemlyn (Anglesey) on 3rd, Point Lynas on 12th, Strumble on 11th and 14th and Bardsey on 22nd. A Black Tern was off Bardsey on 10th. Sooty Shearwaters were reported off Skokholm on 8th, Strumble on 17th and Cemlyn on 21st. Long-tailed Skuas were off Bardsey and Mwnt (Ceredigion) on 21st, and Strumble on 13th, 18th and 23rd,

A MELODIOUS WARBLER was at Strumble on 2nd and on Skokholm on 2-5th. A BARRED WARBLER was on Ramsay on 14th. A COMMON ROSEFINCH was on Skokholm on 16-17th and 22-27th. A juvenile ROSY STARLING was in a garden in Capel Seion (Ceredigion) on 21st. RED-BACKED SHRIKES were at St.David’s Head on 10th, Dale on 9-14th and on Skomer on 20th and a WOODCHAT SHRIKE was at Ynyslas on 24-25th. A Hoopoe was at Worms Head (Gower) on 2nd and New Quay (Ceredigion) on 4th. A BEE-EATER flew over Burry Port (Carmarthen) on 30th.

Wrynecks were at Rumney Great Wharf (Glamorgan) on 5th, St.David’s Head on 7th, Cilan Head (Caernarfon) 12th, Skokholm 3-12th and Martin’s Haven (Pembrokeshire) on 7-12th, in Cardiff on 18th, Laugharne (Pembrokeshire) on 19th and Rhoscrowther (Pembrokeshire) on 29th. An ORTOLAN BUNTING was at Dale on 30th. The resident Glaucous Gull remained at Llanddulas (Denbighshire) on 2-20th.

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