Scarce sightings during January 2019

The queen KING EIDER remained at Ynyslas (Ceredigion) until 27th at least and the Ferruginous Duck was seen at Llan Bwch-Llyn Lake (Powys) until 25th, but revealed that it was bearing a blue colour ring meaning that it is most likely to be from captive origin. The SMEW remained on the Usk up to the 21st and a SURF SCOTER was off Black-Rock Sands (Caernarfonshire) on 28th.

The Black-necked Grebe remained in Cardiff Bay on until 12th and there was a different one off Morfa Bychan (Caernarfonshire) on 23rd.  A RED-NECKED GREBE was off Criccieth on 10th.

A Spoonbill was at NWC (Carmarthen) from 3rd – 7th and a GLOSSY IBIS was at NWR (Gwent) on 22nd-25th. Cattle Egrets, no longer on the WRP list, were at St.Dogmaels (Pembrokeshire) from 3rd-30th, Porthcawl (Glamorgan) from 4th-27th, with another bird from 11th-30th.

The RING-BILLED GULL was back at Llys-y-Fran Reservoir (Pembrokeshire) on 9th-27th and another was seen at Llandegfedd Reservoir (Gwent) on 27th.

The ROSY STARLING remained in Craig-y-Don, Llandudno (Caernarfonshire) throughout the month (and into February). Black Redstarts were quite well represented, with birds at New Quay (Ceredigion) on 1st, NWR on 2nd, Porthcawl on 6th,  Kinmel Bay throughout the month, Newton (Glamorgan) from 9th-31st, Rhossili Bay (Gower) on 10th, Strumble Head (Pembrokeshire) on 23rd, Druidston (Pembrokeshire) on the same day, Porth Dafarch (Anglesey) from 11th-30th and St Brides (Pembrokeshire) on 30th.

A Great Grey Shrike remained at Cwm Cadlan (Glamorgan) from 1st-28th and others were at Llwyn-On Reservoir (Brecon) on 10th, Puncheston (Pembrokeshire) 22nd, Cathedine (Powys) from 10th-28th, Craig-y-Cilau (Powys) on 22nd and Bwlch-y-Sarnau (Powys) on 27th.  A SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF remained at Parc Slip (Glamorgan) until at least 11th. 32 Waxwings were in Llanidloes (Powys) on 3rd, and one was in Newtown (Powys) on 7th-8th.  A European Turtle Dove was reported in Camrose (Pembrokeshire) on 1st.

Ring-billed gull (Richard Brown-Giselle Eagle)

Waxwing (Gareth Wynne-Williams)

Waxwing (Gareth Wynne-Williams)