Scarce sightings during November 2018

There were several Slavonian Grebes reported, with the most watched and photogenic individual at Rhyl Brickworks throughout the second half of the month. Two female Long-tailed Ducks were also well watched at the same time in north Wales. A RING-NECKED DUCK originally found on 15th October remained at Llyn Caer Euni (Meirionnydd) until the 4th. Anglesey’s first LESSER SCAUP remained at Llyn Llygeirian over 1st-27th (present from 20th October). The queen KING EIDER was still at Ynyslas all month. A redhead SMEW was on the Usk (Gwent) from 26-28th. Two Greenland White-fronted Geese were around Malltraeth Marsh on 21st -25th with wintering birds returning to the Dyfi estuary as well. A Black Brant Goose was at Whiteford NNR (Glamorgan) on 18th. CATTLE EGRETS were again numerous, and on course to come off the Welsh rarity list next year, being recorded on the Gann Estuary on 5th, Gileston (Glamorgan) on 6th, Ynyshir on 6th, St.Dogmaels on 7-30th (Pembrokeshire), St.Bride’s Major (Glamorgan) on 7th, Dunraven Bay (Glamorgan) on 7th, NWC on 11th, RSPB Cors Ddyga (Anglesey) on 13th, Lampeter (Ceredigion) 30th. A Spoonbill was at NWC (Carmarthen) on 2nd. RED-NECKED GREBES were at Cardiff Bay on 18th, Mumbles Head (Glamorgan) on 20th and Llanstadwell (Pembrokeshire) on 24th. A ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD was at Capel Curig (Caernarfonshire) on 20th. A BONAPARTE’S GULL was on the Gann Estuary (Pembrokeshire) over 4th - 5th. A RING-BILLED GULL was at Llys-y-Fran Reservoir (Pembrokeshire) on 17-18th. A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER remained at NWR (Glamorgan) on 2nd, lingering from 24th October. A Grey Phalarope was at NWR on 13th. ROSY STARLINGS were in Craig-y-Don, Llandudno (Caernarfon) from 1st -9th (present from 30th October), Pen-y-Sarn (Anglesey) from 5th -9th and an adult was in Machynys (Carmarthen) from 3rd -10th. Although there were good numbers of PALLID SWIFTS in eastern England, the only Welsh record was a fly-over at Skokholm on 4th. Water Pipits were widespread with a flock of 20+ at Llanon over 1st - 2nd. Others were at East Aberthaw on 2nd, Llwyn On Reservoir (Glamorgan) on 18th, Newport (Pembrokeshire) on 24th, NWR from 3rd -25th, with three inland at Llyn Brenig (Denbighshire) on 25th.. A probable TAWNY PIPIT was on Skomer on 7th along with three Long-eared Owls. Great Grey Shrikes were at, Plumstone Mountain (Pembrokeshire) and Tan y Bwlch (Caernarfon) from 2nd - 7th, Usk Reservoir (Carmarthen) on 17th and the regular wintering site at Llyn Brenig on 23rd. An ISABELLINE SHRIKE was at Cosmeston on 17th. A Lapland Bunting was on Llanon (Ceredigion) on 3rd and a Snow Bunting was at Cemlyn (Anglesey) on 24th.

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