Scarce and rare birds in Wales – August 2021 – a fairly typical autumn migration month

This summary is compiled for by Robin Sandham. Records featured are subject to acceptance by the British Birds Rarities Committee (bold capitals) and the Welsh Records Panel (bold italic capitals), where relevant. Please note that records will appear in this summary before they have been accepted by the appropriate record panel.

Two GLOSSY IBIS were at the NWC (Carmarthen) on 25-30th, and one at Lougher (Carmarthen) on 30th. A Spoonbill flew past Swansea (Glamorgan) on 9th and one over Beddmanarch Bay (Anglesey) on 23rd.  Two CRANES were at Cors Ddyga (Anglesey) on 24th. A PURPLE HERON flew over Beaumaris (Anglesey) on 26th. Even ten years ago, more than five or six Little Egrets would have been notable, and Great Egrets even more so, yet in the early morning of 23rd a flock of 97 Little Egrets accompanied by 6 Great Egrets ghosted in to land on the Dee estuary by Bagillt Marsh,

Two GREAT SHEARWATERS were off Strumble (Pembrokeshire) on 6th and a single on 7th, another was seen on the Deepwater Pelagic (Pembrokeshire) on 3rd.  A CORY’S SHEARWATER was off Strumble on 8th. A WILSON’S PETREL was off Pembrokeshire on 29th. Sixteen European Storm Petrels were ringed on Bardsey on 3rd, and two were ringed at Point Lynas (Anglesey) on 4th, whilst singles flew past Porthcawl on 6th and Lavernock (Glamorgan) on 8th. A Black Tern was at Pembrey Harbour (Carmarthen) on 26th and another at RSPB Conwy (Denbighshire) on 29thBalearic Shearwaters were off several headlands including Lavernock (Glamorgan) on 6th, two were off Strumble on 8th and one on 13th and off Skokholm on 8th.

Wood Sandpipers were at NWC (Carmarthen) on 1-10th, Goldcliffe (Gwent) on 1-11th, Cors Ddyga (Anglesey) on 13th. A PECTORAL SANDPIPER visited Flintshire’s border pool at Burton Mere Wetlands on 6th. A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was at NWC (Carmarthen) 24-28th and the bird just over the border at Burton Mere Wetlands (Wirral) occasionally came into Flintshire visiting the border pool.

ROSY STARLINGS were at Llandyssil (Montgomeryshire) on 2nd, Skokholm on 5-7th and Nefyn (Caernarfonshire) on 17-18th, though the anticipated invasion hasn’t really happened this year. A WOODCHAT SHRIKE was reported from Dowrog Common on 12th. Three Wrynecks were on Bardsey on 25th, one on Skokholm on 29-31st and one on Skomer on 31st.

MELODIOUS WARBLERS were at Porth Meuddwy (Caernarfon) on 15th, on Bardsey on 23rd, and at South Stack (Anglesey) on 25th. An ICTERINE WARBLER was on Skomer on 28th.

Mammalian highlights were a HUMPBACK WHALE off Ramsay on 12th and possibly the same individual was then seen off Scilly on 29th.

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