Scarce and rare birds in Wales – December 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.


Slavonian Grebes were on the Gann Estuary (Pembrokeshire) on 1st-13th, at Kenfig NNR (East Glamorgan) on 12th-17th, the Inland Sea and off Penrhos Country Park (Anglesey) on 10th-29th and on the Dyfi Estuary (Ceredigion) on 19th.

great white egret (Rob Smallwood)

great white egret (Rob Smallwood)

CATTLE EGRETS were at Ynyslas (Ceredigion) on 1st and 30th-31st and three were still at Pont Marquis (Anglesey) on 3rd.  Two Great White Egrets were at Llangorse (Brecon) on 3rd and 19th-28th, with singles at Dryslwyn (Carmarthenshire) on 4th, Glasbury (Radnor) on 9th, Capel Seion and Llanon (both Ceredigion) on 11th and 12th, Tally Lakes (Carmarthenshire) on 29th,  and at Kidwelly (Carmarthenshire) and Llyn Llywenan (Anglesey) on 31st.  Bitterns were in Cardiff Bay (East Glamorgan) on 1st, and at Newport Wetlands (Gwent) on 13th and 19th, and a Spoonbill was at the National Wetlands Centre (Carmarthenshire) on 2nd-14th.

Up to nine Greenland White-fronted Geese were at Talacre (Flintshire) on 13th, remaining into 2018. The queen KING EIDER was again at Ynyslas throughout the month, as were two SURF SCOTERS off Llanddulas and Pensarn (Denbighshire) ; another was off Marros Sands (Carmarthenshire).  A female RING-NECKED DUCK was on Llangorse Lake (Brecon) on 11th and likely to be the bird at the National Wetlands Centre over 12th-29th.

glaucous gull (Martyn Jones)

glaucous gull (Martyn Jones)

The returning RING-BILLED GULL was at Llys y Fran Reservoir (Pembrokeshire) from 3rd to the end of the month.  Iceland Gulls were over Bardsey (Caernarfonshire) on 16th and at Llys-y-Fran Reservoir on 24th.  A Glaucous Gull was at Llanddulas (Denbighshire) over 21st-27th with two there on 29th-30th, and another was in Cardiff Bay on 30th.  A Little Stint was on the Ogmore Estuary (East Glamorgan) on 11th.

Great Grey Shrike remained at Llyn Brenig (Denbighshire) until 5th. A probable SIBERIAN LESSER WHITETHROAT turned up in a private garden in Holyhead (Anglesey) on 16th while Water Pipits were on the Teifi Estuary (Pembrokeshire/Ceredigion) on 2nd-16th, RSPB Conwy (Denbighshire) on 10th and 28th, Llwyn On Reservoir (East Glamorgan) on 11th, the Dyfi Estuary (Ceredigion) on 19th and Newport Wetlands Centre on 28th.

Firecrests were at Benllech (Anglesey) on 2nd-22nd, Oxwich NNR (Gower) on 2nd, Silver Bay (Anglesey) on 3rd-17th, RSPB Conwy throughout the month (and another was ringed nearby on 22nd), Cwm yr Eglwys (Pembrokeshire) on 7th , Morfa Madryn (Caernarfonshire) on 11th, Llanbedrog (Caernarfonshire) over 12th-14th, Gann Estuary and Kidwelly on 16th, Menai Bridge (Anglesey) on 18th-29th, and there were two at Penrhyndeudraeth (Meirionnydd) on 31st.

 

snow bunting (Tony Pope)

snow bunting (Tony Pope)

Black Redstarts were on the Great Orme (Caernarfonshire) on 1st-5th, Nash Point (East Glamorgan) on 5th-15th, Beaumaris (Anglesey) on 10th, Tan-y-Bwlch (Ceredigion) on 11th, RSPB South Stack (Anglesey) on 15th, Amroth (Pembrokeshire) over 16th-23rd, Tenby (Pembrokeshire) on 16th-18th, Milford Haven (Pembrokeshire) on 18th-23rd and at Pembroke Dock (Pembrokeshire) on 26th.  Snow Buntings were at Kinmel Bay (Denbighshire) on 10th-22nd with two there on 15th, six were on Pen-y-Fan (Brecon) on 12th, two flew over the beach at Point of Ayr (Flintshire) on 27th  and two were on Mynydd Eglwysilan (East Glamorgan) on 23rdLapland Buntings were at Marloes (Pembrokeshire) on 3rd and Penmon Point (Anglesey) on 22nd.


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