Scarce and rare birds in Wales – July 2016

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


great white egret (Pete Wood)

great white egret (Pete Wood)

Quite a slow start to a quiet month with nothing reported for the first few days. The blank was broken with a handful of scarcities starting on the 6th with a Great White Egret at Point of Ayr (Flint) and an increasingly scarce Turtle Dove in Tremeirchion (Flints) on the same day. Another Great White Egret was at St.Dogmaels and the Teifi Marsh (Pembroke) over 16th-25th and a third at RSPB Conwy (Denbigh) on 18th-28th which showed very well to visitors.

A Garganey was at the National Wetlands Centre (Carmarthen) on 9th and another was at Newport Wetlands (Gwent) on 21st. Spoonbills were at Newport Wetlands on 12th and Ginst Point (Carmarthen) on 31st. A SPOTTED SANDPIPER was seen briefly on Skokholm on 12th and a Little Stint was at Newport on 24th-28th.

storm petrel (Skokholm blog)

storm petrel (Skokholm blog)

A Roseate Tern was at Cemlyn (Anglesey) on 9th and 24th. A Leach’s Storm-petrel was off Porthcawl (East Glamorgan) on 10th, and ten European Storm-petrels were ringed on Skokholm (Pembroke) on 24th with a single bird off Strumble Head (Pembroke) on 24th. A Balearic Shearwater was off Rhossilli Bay (Gower) on 28th.

A Quail was at Abernant (Brecon) on 10-11th, a GOLDEN ORIOLE was in Dinas Cross (Pembroke) on 6th and a Black Redstart was on Skokholm on 11th.


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