Scarce and rare birds in Wales – July 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.


King Eider (Elliot Monteith)

King Eider (Elliot Monteith)

A typically slow July was boosted by remaining rarities that included the CASPIAN TERN, which reappeared at the National Wetlands Centre (Carmarthenshire) on 3rd after a three-day bunk and then again on 24th following a saunter around the Midlands and Northern England. The female KING EIDER reappeared farther north and remained at Ynyslas (Ceredigion) over 4th-30th, favouring the area at the mouth of the River Leri.

Ring-billed gull (Christopher Onn)

Ring-billed gull (Christopher Onn)

Wales’ third CASPIAN GULL was rediscovered at Newport (Pembrokeshire) on 12th, the same colour-ringed bird found at Llanrhystud (Ceredigion) 19th-27th March.   A RING-BILLED GULL was on the Dyfi Estuary (Ceredigion) on 22nd and 550 Mediterranean Gulls betweenn Llanon and Aberaeron (Ceredigion) on 20th, including several continental-ringed birds.

Bittern was at Kenfig NNR (East Glamorgan) on 2nd.  Spoonbills remained at the National Wetlands Centre, with 3 on 21st, and one at Newport Wetlands (Gwent) on 27th.  Flintshire was a hotspot for Great White Egrets with up to four birds at Connah’s Quay over 4th-31st and Gronant (both Flintshire) on 9th.  Another was at Llanrhidian Marsh (Gower) on 29th.  A CATTLE EGRET was on Skokholm (Pembrokeshire) on 17th-18th and another at Newport Wetlands on 20th.

Temminck's stint (Liz Snell)

Temminck’s stint (Liz Snell)

Wood Sandpipers were at RSPB Cors Ddyga/Malltraeth Marsh (Anglesey) on 1st, Llanilid Opencast Workings (East Glamorgan) on 10th and Newport Wetlands on 24th.  A TEMMINCK’S STINT was at Llanon (Ceredigion) on 18th.

Four Sooty Shearwaters passed Ynyslas on 18th with another off Skokholm on 30th.  A Garganey was at RSPB Conwy (Denbighshire) on 8th-17th, a COMMON ROSEFINCH was reported at Cross Inn Forest (Ceredigion) on 13th, a possible SOOTY TERN was reported off the Valley Cob on Anglesey and a LESSER YELLOWLEGS was reported at Shotton (Flintshire) on 17th.


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