Scarce and rare birds in Wales – August 2017

This summary is compiled for birdsin.wales by Robin Sandham. Records featured are subject to acceptance by the British Birds Rarities Committee (pink) and the Welsh Records Panel (blue), where relevant. An index of all months can be found here.


cattle egret (Paul Roberts)

cattle egret (Paul Roberts)

The female KING EIDER remained at Ynyslas (Ceredigion) until 16th then moved farther north off Aberdysynni (Meirionnydd) over 24th-26th; close to where Wales’ first record was seen.  The only Garganey of the month was at Kenfig NNR (East Glamorgan) on 12th.

CATTLE EGRETS were at the National Wetlands Centre (Carmarthenshire) on 8th, at Peterstone Wentlooge (Gwent) on 8th and Ogmore-by-Sea (East Glamorgan) on 13th.  Four Great White Egrets were still at Connah’s Quay (Flintshire) on 8th, with one remaining to 9th, and others were at Kidwelly (Carmarthenshire) on 22nd and Llangorse Lake (Brecknockshire) on 31st. Three Spoonbills were at the National Wetlands Centre on 14th and a Bittern was at RSPB Cors Ddyga, formerly known as Malltraeth Marsh (Anglesey) on 29th.

RING-BILLED GULL was at Carew Millpond (Pembrokeshire) on 6th, while Wales’ run of CASPIAN GULL discoveries continues with the nation’s fifth record found at Llanrhystud (Ceredigion) on 12th, unexpected for

Caspian gull (Arfon Williams)

Caspian gull (Arfon Williams)

August. A BONAPARTE’S GULL was at Bute Park, Cardiff (East Glamorgan) on 12th and Sabine’s Gulls were off Strumble Head (Pembrokeshire) on 19th, 30th and 31st, off  Cemlyn (Anglesey) on 19th and 21st and three were off Bardsey (Caernarfonshire) on 23rd.

A Black Tern was off Cemlyn on 25th, GREAT SHEARWATERS were seen off the Fishguard-Rosslare ferry (Pembrokeshire) on 15th and Bardsey on 26th.  A CORY’S SHEARWATER was off Bardsey on 24th, Sooty Shearwaters were off St. Govan’s Head (Pembrokeshire) on 11th and 24th and Skokholm and Grassholm (both Pembrokeshire) on 28th. A Long-tailed Skua was off Strumble on 26th.

bluethroat (Richard Dobbins)

bluethroat (Richard Dobbins)

A SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was at Sully (East Glamorgan) on 14th-15th and a Little Stint at Newport Wetlands (Gwent) on 16th-18th.  Wood Sandpipers were at Skokholm on 18th, Newport Wetlands on 25th-28th, Cors Caron (Ceredigion) on 28th, and RSPB Cors Ddyga on 31st. A Dotterel was on the Great Orme (Caernarfonshire) on 22nd and a Grey Phalarope was off Strumble on 19th.

The first GREENISH WARBLER of the autumn was on Bardsey on 24th, a MELODIOUS WARBLER was on Skomer on 17th and Ceredigion’s third BLUETHROAT was ringed on the Teifi Marsh on 31st.

A BEE-EATER flew over Llanarth (Ceredigion) on 18th,  Wrynecks were on Bardsey on 23rd-24th and 31st, and a WOODCHAT SHRIKE was at Reynoldston (Gower) on 26th-31st.


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