Scarce and rare birds in Wales – November 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.


Rose-coloured starling (Dave Astins)

Rose-coloured starling (Dave Astins)

Wales’ third RUFOUS-TAILED ROCK THRUSH continued its stay (from 13th Oct) at Pwll-Du (Gwent) until 2nd, just as the annual WOS Conference rolled into nearby Monmouth.  A SIBERIAN STONECHAT was on Skomer (Pembrokeshire) on 2nd and the queen KING EIDER remained at Ynyslas (Ceredigion) over 11th-26th after going a month undetected.  A SURF SCOTER was off Llysfaen (Denbighshire) on 24th and ROSE-COLOURED STARLINGS at Roch on 11th and St. Florence (both Pembrokeshire) over 25th-30th.  Two CENTRAL ASIAN LESSER WHITETHROATS were in different Caernarfonshire gardens on 10th and 29th.

Great Northern Diver (Hayden Lack)

Great Northern Diver (Hayden Lack)

Great Northern Divers were at RSPB Conwy (Denbighshire) on 12th, Barry Waterfront (East Glamorgan) on 13th-17th and off the Little Orme (Caernarfonshire) on 24th.  Slavonian Grebes were at Whiteford NNR (Gower) on 8th, Kenfig (East Glamorgan) on 11-24th, Penrhos CP (Anglesey) on 20th, Gann Estuary (Pembrokeshire) on 20th and 25th, and at Rhos Point (Caernarfonshire) on 26th.

great white egret (Arfon Williams)

great white egret (Arfon Williams)

Great White Egrets were at RSPB Ynys-hir (Ceredigion) on 1st and 29th, Foryd Bay (Caernarfonshire) on 1st, Llanrhidian Marsh (Gower) on 2nd-11th, Llanbadarn Fynydd (Radnor) on 2nd, Kenfig on 2nd, St. Athan (East Glamorgan) on 5th, RSPB Conwy from 3rd to 28th and nearby at Caerhun (Caernarfonshire) on 4th, Llangorse Lake (Brecon) on 3rd-11th, Kidwelly (Carmarthenshire) on 4th, Flemingston (East Glamorgan) on 7th, Hay-on-Wye (Brecon) on 23rd, Dinefwr (Carmarthenshire) on 27th and Cors Caron (Ceredigion) on 29th. One was on the Inland Sea (Anglesey) and at least one in the upper Dee Estuary (Flintshire) throughout the month,

CATTLE EGRETS were at St. David’s and St. Dogmael’s (Pembrokeshire) over 8th-11th, three were at Pont Marquis, Malltraeth (Anglesey) from 26th and two were at Ynyslas on 28th-29th.  A Bittern was in Cardiff Bay on 28th-30th.  Seven Greenland White-fronted Geese were at Marloes (Pembrokeshire) on 3rd and there were 10 at RSPB Cors Ddyga (Anglesey) on 28th.  A Eurasian White-fronted Goose was on Gresford Flash (Denbighshire) on 14-20th.

Little Gulls were off Amlwch (Anglesey) on 5th and off Strumble Head (Pembrokeshire) on 12th, with Sabine’s Gulls off Strumble on 8th and 12th and an Iceland Gull at Carew (Pembrokeshire) on 21st-22nd.

A GREAT SHEARWATER was a good November record off Strumble on 12th and a Sooty Shearwater was off Porthcawl (East Glamorgan) on 23rd.  Two Little Auks passed Bardsey on 12th and one was reported off Wooltack Point (Pembrokeshire) on 23rd.

LONG BILLED DOWITCHER was briefly on Skokholm (Pembrokeshire) on 1st and flew towards the mainland but was not re-found.  Little Stints were at Glandwr (Pembrokeshire) on 4th and Dyfi Estuary (Ceredigion) on 6th.

Great Grey Shrike (Martyn Jones)

Great Grey Shrike (Martyn Jones)

A RICHARD’S PIPIT was on, and an OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT flew over, Skokholm on 2nd.  Great Grey Shrikes were at Pistyll (Montgomeryshire) on 9th and one was around Llyn Brenig (Denbighshire) on 19th and relocated on 28th-30th.

Black Redstarts were on the Great Orme (Caernarfonshire) on 1st and again from 30th, at Breakwater CP (Anglesey) on 1st, RSPB Ramsey (Pembrokeshire) on 1st, Skokholm on 1st and 7th, Llanwda (Pembrokeshire) on 1st, Dale (Pembrokeshire) on 3rd, Tywyn (Meirionnydd) on 4th, Aberystwyth (Ceredigion) on 8th, St Brides (Pembrokeshire) on 8th, Mwnt (Ceredigion) on 12th, Nash Point (East Glamorgan) on 21st, Martin’s Haven (Pembrokeshire) on 24th, Stackpole and Bosherton Lily Ponds (Pembrokeshire) on 25th and at RAF Valley (Anglesey) on 28th.

Water Pipits were at East Aberthaw (East Glamorgan) on 5th, Newport (Pembrokeshire) on 8th, Gileston (East Glamorgan) on 11th, RSPB Conwy on 19th, and RSPB Cors Ddyga and the National Wetlands Centre (Carmarthenshire) on 28th.

Firecrest (Bob Haycock)

Firecrest (Bob Haycock)

Up to two Firecrests were on the Great Orme on 2nd, at Porth Clais (Pembrokeshire) on 3rd and 21st, RSPB Conwy on 4-26th, Benllech (Anglesey) and Penrhyn Bay (Caernarfonshire) on 11th and Amlwch (Anglesey) on 19th and three at Holyland Wood (Pembrokeshire) on 29th Yellow-browed Warblers were at Abercynon (East Glamorgan) on 11th and at Pembroke on 28th, and two SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFFS were on Skomer on 17th and a single at Lisvane Reservoir (East Glamorgan) on 26th.  Snow Buntings were at Bull Bay (Anglesey) on 2nd, West Aberthaw on 27th, Bardsey (Caernarfonshire) on 27th, Rhoscolyn (Anglesey) on 28th, Sker Point (East Glamorgan) on 28th and a Lapland Bunting was at Dale on 25th.


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