Scarce and rare birds in Wales – June to August 2018

Two long stayers continued to delight visiting birders: there was late news again of the SNOWY OWL which was seen by walkers on Carnedd Llewelyn (Caernarfonshire) on 26th July, leaving a couple of feathers and a pellet from its spot as it flew off, and the queen KING EIDER was still on the Dovey from RSPB Ynys Hir over 3-13th.

Five GREAT SHEARWATERS were off Strumble (Pembrokeshire), 3 off Bardsey and 1 off Porth Ysgaden (Caernarfonshire) on 16th.  Strumble also notched up 3 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Sooty Shearwater, Pomarine Skua, Roseate Tern and a European Storm Petrel.  Other Great Shearwaters were off Skokholm on 18th and again off Bardsey on 19th.  Sabine’s Gulls were off Abersoch 27th and Strumble on 25th and 27th. Wood Sandpipers were at RSPB Conwy over 8-22nd, Marloes Mere (Pembrokeshire) on 12th, NWR on 7th, and Llanilid Opencast Workings (Glamorgan) on 4th. A Grey Phalarope was off Mwnt (Ceredigion) on 25th.

Over summering Glaucous Gulls aren’t common in Wales and the bird remained at Llanddulas (Denbighshire), with another at Afon-wen (Caernarfonshire) 4-8th. 15th August was also quite an early date for a Great Skua to be chasing gulls and terns off Point of Ayr, Talacre. Wales’ annual Mediterranean Gull flock at Llanrhystud topped 500 birds mid-month with several colour rings among them.  A Sabine’s Gull was a good inland record at Rhaslas Pond (Glamorgan) on 20th.

GLOSSY IBIS was at Dowrog Common (Pembrokeshire) on 19th.  Great White Egrets were at RSPB Conwy on 19th, at Llyn Traffwll (Anglesey) on 21st and Llyn Alaw on 25th.  Two Spoonbills were at the NWC (Carmarthen) on 21st.  Black Terns were off Rhos Point on 21st, Point Lynas on 25th, Ynyslas (Ceredigion) and Pembrey (Carmarthen) on 27th and a Wryneck was at Trawsnant (Glamorgan) on 28-29th.