Scarce and rare birds in Wales – June 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.


yellow-rumped warbler (Giselle Eagle)

yellow-rumped warbler (Giselle Eagle)

The month kicked off with another AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER found at Llanfwrog and a TEMMINCK’S STINT was reported at Cemlyn (both Anglesey) on 1st.  A MARSH WARBLER was trapped and ringed on Skokholm (Pembrokeshire) on 2nd. and a RED-FOOTED FALCON was at Llyn Berwyn (Ceredigion) on 12th-13th.  Then the 18th brought a magnificent YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER to Skokholm, the first British record since 2014.  It will be the 22nd for Britain and only the second for Wales; the first was a five-day bird on Ramsey (also Pembrokeshire) in 1994.  Unfortunately this individual was present for just one day, allowing only nine off-island birders to see it.

king eider (Lyndon Lomax)

king eider (Lyndon Lomax)

Wales’ second KING EIDER (or Queen in this case) was off Aberaeron (Ceredigion) over 26th-29th, and likely to be the same bird as was seen at Carnsore Point, Co. Wexford until 22nd.

On 25th a colour-ringed CASPIAN TERN toured East Glamorgan, being initially found at Britton Ferry, moving to Kenfig NNR and then Sker Point on 25th and the National Wetlands Centre (Carmarthenshire) on 26th-29th before heading into the Midlands .

Other news included a Black-throated Diver off Cemlyn during a sea watch on 11th.  Three Spoonbills remained at the National Wetlands Centre throughout the month, with one on Skomer (Pembrokeshire) on 14th and one on Skokholm’s north pond on 26th.  Up to 6 CATTLE EGRETS remained at Ynyslas (Ceredigion) on 1st-5th, one remaining to 23rd, with others at Shotton (Flintshire) on 4th and Bosherton Lily Ponds (Pembrokeshire) on 8th.  Great White Egrets were Kenfig NNR on 3rd, and two were at Connah’s Quay (Flintshire) over 2nd-22nd.  A NIGHT HERON was at Cosmeston Lake Country Park (East Glamorgan) on 18th-19th.  West and WNW winds over 6th-7th brought European Storm Petrels to various coastal sites.

Rose-coloured starling (Christopher Onn)

Rose-coloured starling (Christopher Onn)

Turtle Doves were at Morfa Nefyn 1st-2nd, Bardsey (Caernarfonshire) and Skomer on 1st and at St. Ishmael’s (Pembrokeshire) on 21st.  A ROSE-COLOURED STARLING was at Gowerton (Gower) on 8th-11th.  A Honey Buzzard was seen over Skomer, then Broad Haven and Llanychaer heading north through Pembrokeshire on 27th.  Quails were on Skokholm on 10th, Laugharne (Pembrokeshire) on 13th, Bwlch-y-Ddeufan (Caernarfonshire) on 14th, Llanilid Opencast Workings (East Glamorgan) on 15th, Cross Ash (Gwent) and Tan-y-Groes (Ceredigion) on 25th.  A COMMON ROSEFINCH was on Skomer on 22nd and again on 25th.


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