Scarce and rare birds in Wales – April and May 2018

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 (Italic capitals), where relevant. An index of all months can be found here.

April 2018

The SNOWY OWL reported in Pembrokeshire at the end of March was seen again at St David’s Head (Pembrokeshire) on 3rd -7th then reported flying north past Newquay (Ceredigion) on 8th and there was a later report of one at Rhosneigr (Anglesey) on 13th April.  RING-NECKED DUCKS were at NWC (Carmarthen) on 1st-3rd and 7th and a drake was at RSPB Conwy on 22nd.  A FERRUGINOUS DUCK was seen and photographed at Llan Bwch Llyn Lake (Powys) on 3rd, and then seen again from 19th -21st and 25th -28th.

A GREEN HERON was at Llan Mill on 28th April- 7th May (when access was stopped).   A LITTLE BITTERN was photographed on a windowsill in Tenby on 18th.  A CATTLE EGRET was at Newport Wetlands on 22nd.  A female KENTISH PLOVER was at Ynyslas (Ceredigion) over 17-18th having been ringed there overnight.

A SERIN was at Whitesands Bay on 21st.  An IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF was on Skokholm on 26th.  A WOODCHAT SHRIKE was on Skomer on 18-21st April following another at Bennard Burrows (Glamorgan) on 6th.  A HOOPOE was at Cilsan (Carmarthen) on 5th, with further sightings in Pembrokeshire at Pelcomb Cross on 14th, Marloes on 21-22nd, Broadhaven on 25th, Tresinwen on 26th Rosemarket on 27th, Newport on 28th and one on Ramsay on 29-30th.

May 2018

The GREEN HERON was still at Llan Mill on until 7th (when access was stopped).

A RED-BACKED SHRIKE visited Bardsey on 11-12th.  A BLACK KITE was over Bardsey on 13th and then Skomer on 14th.  The Queen KING EIDER remained at Ynyslas (Ceredigion) on 17th.  A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was on the Alaw Estuary (Anglesey) on 20th.

Two ROSE-COLOURED STARLINGS were at Treaddur Bay (Anglesey) on 27th.  A COMMON ROSEFINCH was at the BWCP (Anglesey) on 15th and a second bird was seen and photographed on the Great Orme on 28th.

A BLACK-HEADED WAGTAIL was at Cemlyn (Anglesey) on 6th.   An ALPINE SWIFT was over Skomer (Pembrokeshire) on 19th  with a second sighting over St. Govan’s Head (Pembrokeshire) on 26th, whilst a EUROPEAN BEE-EATER flew over Kenfig on 23rd.

Bardsey bounced back in action with an EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER on 22nd, a white-spotted (cyanecula) BLUETHROAT was ringed on 26th May (potentially a first for Wales) and a BLYTH’S REED WARBLER also ringed on 26th remaining to the following day.  A RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER was seen on 27th and another EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER was ringed on 29th. A  final flourish came in the form of a GREENISH WARBLER seen on 30th.

A MARSH WARBLER was at Pencarreg, Cemlyn (Anglesey) on 28th and a Honey Buzzard was over Cemlyn on 30th.  The month closed with another sighting of a SNOWY OWL on Skomer on 30th.

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