Scarce and rare birds in Wales – December 2020 – a quiet end to the year, with long stayers but little in the way of new birds

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.

The first winter drake KING EIDER was still off Stack Rocks (Pembrokeshire) on 8-12th and 30th.  RING-NECKED DUCKS were at Talley Lakes (Carmarthen) on 6-11th and 22-28th, Llyn Pencarreg (Carmarthen) on 10th, Cosmeston Lakes CP (Glamorgan) on 10th and Cardiff Bay on 14-31st. A SURF SCOTER was off Ragwen Point (Carmarthen) on 24th.

A European White-fronted Goose was at Kenfig NNR (Glamorgan) 6-24th (the smaller bird in the photograph of geese) whilst a Tundra Bean Goose remained at Caldicot Pill (Gwent) on 6th and there was one on the Gann Estuary (Pembrokeshire) on 25thCattle Egrets were in Maidenwells (Pembrokeshire) on 7th and Hundleton on 15-23th. Four Spoonbills were at NWC (Carmarthen) on 9-26th whilst the GLOSSY IBIS remained at Goldcliffe (Gwent) on 1-9th.

Two Little Auks were off the Little Orme on 27thBlack-throated Divers were at Wiseman’s Bridge (Pembrokeshire) on 13th and Llyn Eiddwen (Ceredigion) on 14th. The RING-BILLED GULL was back at Llys y Fran Reservoir (Pembrokeshire) on 6th; the CASPIAN GULL remained in Cardiff Bay on 7th and 16-24thGlaucous Gulls were at Marloes Mere on 13th, Porth Felen, Lleyn (Caernarfonshire) on 26th, and Cosmeston CP (Glamorgan) also on 26th and Iceland Gulls were in Penrhyn Bay (Caernarfonshire) on 30th and Rhyl Brickworks pool (Denbighshire) on 31st – these may have been different birds.

The ROSY STARLING was still in a garden in Amlwch Port (Anglesey) throughout. Black Redstarts and Water Pipits were at several coastal sites. A Siberian Chiffchaff was at Kidwelly (Carmarthen) on 19th. A Dartford Warbler was seen in urban Newport (Glamorgan) on 30th – hopefully not just wandering because of cold weather. An unseasonal Hoopoe was at Portskewett (Gwent) on 7-9th and a LITTLE BUNTING was in Abereiddy (Pembrokeshire) on 14-15th.

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