Scarce and rare birds in Wales – September 2017

This summary is compiled for 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.

A Bittern was at Llangorse Lake (Brecon) on 2nd whilst Great White Egrets were at Connah’s Quay (Flintshire) throughoutout the month, at Cors Caron (Ceredigion) on 26th-29th, RSPB Conwy (Denbighshire) on 22nd and 26th, and Kidwelly (Carmarthenshire) over 23rd-27th.  A PURPLE HERON was at Mynydd Margam (East Glamorgan) on 13th.  Two Spoonbills remained at the National Wetlands Centre (Carmarthenshire) on 2nd and one was at St. Dogmael’s (Pembrokeshire) on 24th.

A Black-necked Grebe was at Trimsaran (Carmarthenshire) on 24th-29th, a RED-NECKED GREBE was off Soldier’s Point (Anglesey) on 26th.  SURF SCOTER was back off Old Colwyn with 10,000 Common Scoters during the month, the ‘queen’ KING EIDER reappeared on the Dyfi over from 18th into October, and a SPOTTED CRAKE was at Newport Wetlands (Gwent) on 22nd.

Sabine's gull (Arfon Williams)

Sabine’s Gull (Arfon Williams)

Sabine’s Gulls were off Bardsey (Caernarfonshire) on several dates between 1st and 25th, off Strumble Head (Pembrokeshire) on 2nd, Porth Colmon (Caernarfonshire) on 3rd, Cemlyn (Anglesey) and Newport Wetlands on 13th, off Grassholm and Skokholm (Pembrokeshire) on 18th, and one was on the beach at Llanrhystud (Ceredigion) on 19th-22nd.  A RING-BILLED GULL was at RSPB Ynys-hir (Ceredigion) on 4th and again on 28th.  Little Gulls were off Rhos Point (Caernarfonshire) on 2nd, Skokholm on 4th, Llanrhystud on 15th and Bardsey on 17th.  A BONAPARTE’S GULL was off New Quay (Pembrokeshire) on 12th.  European and Leach’s Storm-petrels were off multiple coastal sites over 9th-11th.

Five Black Terns were off Pwll (Carmarthenshire) on 6th-7th, Cardiff Bay (East Glamorgan) and Llandegfedd Reservoir (Gwent) on 8th, Kenfig NNR (East Glamorgan) on 10th, Lisvane Reservoir (East Glamorgan) on 13th, at Pwll on 17th, at Rhos Point on 29th, and there were two on the Glaslyn estuary (Caernarfonshire/Meirionnydd) on 30th. A Roseate Tern was at Rhyl (Flintshire) and then Rhos Point  on 24th-25th.  Long-tailed Skuas were off Rhossili Bay (Gower) on 8th, Mwnt (Ceredigion) on 11th, Point Lynas (Anglesey) on 15th, Bardsey on 19th and Amlwch on 16th.

Dotterel (Steve Culley)

Dotterel (Steve Culley)

Wood Sandpipers were at Newport Wetlands on 1st-12th, a LESSER YELLOWLEGS was at Kenfig on 2nd and 20th and then at the National Wetlands Centre on 21st.  A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was on Bardsey on 15th-16th and a possible was on Dale airfield (Pembrokeshire) on 23rd.  Two Dotterels were on The Range (part of RSPB South Stack) on 25th, with the same or another two present on 30th. An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was found at RSPB Morfa Dinlle (Caernarfonshire) on 30th, staying into October.

Red-necked phalarope (Christopher Onn)

Red-necked Phalarope (Christopher Onn)

Grey Phalarope was at Tanybwlch (Ceredigion) on 6th, New Quay (Ceredigion) on 9th, RSPB Ynys-hir on 11th, Ogmore Estuary (East Glamorgan) on 12th-14th, Aberystwyth (Ceredigion) on 13th, Kidwelly (Carmarthenshire) on 14th, Loughor (Gower) on 13th-14th, Fishguard (Pembrokeshire) on 16th, RSPB Conwy on 15th-16th, Skomer (Pembrokeshire) on 16th, Port Eynon Point (Gower) on 16th, Lisvane Reservoir on 14th-16th, St. Justinian (Pembrokeshire) on 22nd and Wernffrwd (Gower) on 23rd – all probably the same bird.  A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was at the National Wetlands Centre on 21st-25th, another was on Skomer on 28th and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER was at Kidwelly Quay on 19th.

Booted warbler (@EdHunterHere)

Booted warbler (@EdHunterHere)

CITRINE WAGTAIL was at Llanrhystud on 27th, and a WESTERN BONELLI’S WARBLER was on Skomer on 1st. A MELODIOUS WARBLER was at St. David’s (Pembrokeshire) on 1st-2nd (one was also reported there on 6th), and another was on Skokholm on 28th.  BARRED WARBLERS were on Skokholm on 25th and on the Great Orme on 28th.  A GREENISH WARBLER was at Martin’s Haven (Pembrokeshire) on 24th, the second mainland Welsh record.  A BLYTH’S REED WARBLER was on Skokholm on 24th and a BOOTED WARBLER was an excellent find at Rhossili Bay (Gower) on 29th-30th. Yellow-browed Warblers were starting to arrive from 28th, the first at Llandilo (Pembrokeshire).

Wryneck (Arfon Williams)

Wryneck (Arfon Williams)

Wrynecks were on Bardsey on 1st and 16th-29th, at Martin’s Haven on 2nd-6th, Llandysul (Ceredigion) on 4th-5th, Skomer on 6th, Mwnt on 14th and Llandegfedd Reservoir on 23rd.

An ORTOLAN BUNTING was at Pen Anglas Point (Pembrokeshire) on 25th and one was reported flying over Bardsey on 1st.  A Hoopoe was reported at Gronant (Flintshire) on 5th, and others were at Ferryside (Carmarthenshire) on 27th-28th and Marloes Mere (Pembrokeshire) on 28th.  Three SNOW GEESE were on the Alaw Estuary (Anglesey) on 16th and a possible GLOSSY IBIS was at Newport Wetlands on 20th.


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