Scarce and rare birds in Wales – September 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 (John Davis)

Great White Egret (John Davis)

The trend for Great White Egret becoming a more frequent visitor to Wales was demonstrated with a bird at RSPB Conwy (Denbigh) since July staying throughout the month, with a second bird there on 13th-14th. Three appeared on the Alaw Estuary (Anglesey), two at Llanrhidian Marsh (Gower) on 23rd, and there were singles over Skomer (Pembroke) on 14th, the National Wetlands Centre (Carmarthen) on 16th, Oakenholt Marsh (Flint) on 21st, Carmel Head (Anglesey) on 24th and at Llangorse Lake (Brecon) on 28th. A Bittern was at Newport Wetlands (Gwent) on 14th and at Llangorse Lake on 28th, while two Purple Herons remained at RSPB Malltraeth Marsh (Anglesey) until early in the month.

Last month’s Garganey remained at RSPB Conwyand on the Conwy Estuary (Caernarfon) until 17th with a second bird there on 28th-29th, and there was one at Pembrey (Carmarthen) on 17th. A Black-necked Grebe was at Eglwys Nunydd Reservoir (East Glamorgan) on 13th. Two Sabine’s Gulls were off Strumble Head (Pembroke) on 1st with nine Balearic Shearwaters, Black Tern and seven Sooty Shearwaters. Strumble also recorded GREAT SHEARWATER on 2nd, 4th, 16th and 25th, and there was one off Bardsey (Caernarfon) on 10th. More Balearics were off Strumble on 3rd, with 15 on 4th (plus 26 Sooty Shearwaters and a Leach’s Storm Petrel), 4 more Balearics on 16th, 10 on 25th and two on 28th. More Sabine’s Gulls were off Strumble on 9th, 16-17th and 25th, and off Skomer on 13th. A CORY’S SHEARWATER off Peterstone Wentlooge was a great record for Gwent on 9th. Bardsey finished the month with Sooty Shearwater and Black Tern on 25th; Balearic Shearwater and Sabine’s Gull on 26th; and two Sooty Shearwaters and three Little Gulls on 29th, when Strumble signed off with three Balearic Shearwaters, Sooty Shearwater and four Little Gulls.

little gull (Peter Howlett)

little gull (Peter Howlett)

A Little Gull was in Cardiff Bay (East Glamorgan) on 13th and a late Arctic Tern remained there until 27th. Another Little Gull was in New Quay (Ceredigion) on 30th. There were Long-tailed Skuas off Amlwch (Anglesey) on 10th, Point Lynas (Anglesey) and Strumble on 16th-17th and 29th, and Black Terns were at Llangorse Lake on 9th, Strumble Head on 16th and Llanfairfechan (Caernarfon) on 22nd. Grey Phalaropes were seen at Lisvane Reservoir (East Glamorgan) on 5th-6th, Llanstadwel (Pembroke) on 10th, St. Brides (Pembroke) on 13th and Strumble on 16th, with two past there on 29th.

buff-breasted sandpiper (Ben Porter)

buff-breasted sandpiper (Ben Porter)

A LESSER YELLOWLEGS was a brief visitor to the Alaw estuary on 6th, while Pectoral Sandpipers were at RSPB Conwy on 12th-13th and Newport Wetlands (Gwent) on 14-16th, with BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER on Bardsey on 3rd and Dale (Pembroke) on 10th. A Dotterel was at RSPB South Stack The Range (Anglesey) on 15th and a Corncrake was seen twice near Point of Ayr lighthouse (Flint) on 30th.

wryneck (Peter Howlett)

wryneck (Peter Howlett)

It was the best month for Wrynecks for many years with two on Skomer and singles at Newport Wetlands on 9th-16th, a very popular bird at Cemlyn (Anglesey) on 10th-18th, Bardsey on 10th-15th (with 4 there on 14th), 20th, 25th and 27th-28th, Morfa Bychan (Ceredigion) on 10th, Dunraven Bay (East Glamorgan) on 12th-18th, Margam Park (East Glamorgan) on 13th, Ramsey (Pembroke) on 15th-20th, Uwchmynydd (Caernarfon) on 15th-17th, Skokholm (Pembroke) on 15th-17th, Abbeycwmhir (Radnor) on 16th, Ogmore by Sea (East Glamorgan) on 19th, and three on Skomer over 22nd-24th.

Melodious Warbler (Ephraim Perfect)

Melodious Warbler (Ephraim Perfect)

An early Redwing was on Bardsey on 14th, while Turtle Doves were on the Great Orme (Caernarfon) on 13th, Dale on 14th and the National Wetlands Centre on 25th-27th. A SHORT-TOED LARK was a good find on the River Clwyd at Kinmel Bay (Denbigh/Flint) on 13th, a MELODIOUS WARBLER remained on Bardsey from 24th August to 26th joined by a second from 26th-30th, while ICTERINE WARBLERS were on Skomer from 1st-18th, on Bardsey on 11th-15th and at Uwchmynydd (Caernarfon) on 15th. A BARRED WARBLER was a first site record for the Great Orme on 22nd and there was one on Ramsey (Pembroke) on 28th; there was a possible SUBALPINE WARBLER on Skokholm on 23rd.

Lapland bunting (Christopher Brewer)

Lapland bunting (Christopher Brewer)

The first Yellow-browed Warblers of the autumn were at Skomer on 21st-22nd, Wylfa Head (Anglesey) on 22nd and Point of Ayr on 30th, and a late Wood Warbler was at Rhosilli (Gower) on the last date. What is better than finding a ROSE-COLOURED STARLING at Ynys-las (Ceredigion) on 23rd? Realising on 25th that two of them are present! At least one remained to 28th. Up to four Black Redstarts were on the Great Orme throughout the month, while Lapland Buntings were on Bardsey on 11th and 26th, two were on RSPB South Stack The Range on 14th, and there were singles on the Great Orme and at Rhossili on 15th, Llanrhidian Marsh on 17th-20th, Landimore (Gower) on 22nd and Skomer on 26th.


 

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