Scarce and rare birds in Wales – July 2021 – second records of Elegant Tern and Pacific Golden Plover for Wales

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 highlights were two second records for Wales: An ELEGANT TERN was in residence at Cemlyn for almost the whole month, trying to attract the attentions of the Sandwich Terns before relocating to Formby in  Lancashire as the other terns departed and a PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER was on the Cefni Estuary at Malltraeth over  27-29th.

Cattle Egret was at Cors Ddyga (Anglesey) on 1stWood Sandpipers were at Cors Ddyga on 8th and Goldcliffe (Gwent) on 20-30th, recorded as noc-mig over Penrhyn Bay (Caernarfonshire) on 23rd and at Llanilid Opencast Workings (Glamorgan) on 26th, Teifi Marshes (Pembrokeshire) on 28th, NWC (Carmarthen) on 29-30th and Tregaron Bog (Ceredigion) on 30th.

LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was at Connah’s Quay (Flintshire) but this was not publicised. It relocated over the border to Burton Mere Wetlands (Wirral).

A Roseate Tern was at Cemlyn on 2-7th and a Balearic Shearwater was off St Govan’s Head (Pembrokeshire) on 27th.

ROSY STARLINGS were at Rhos on Sea (Caernarfonshire) on 3rd, Moelfre (Anglesey) on 5-11th and Llandyssil (Montgomeryshire) on 30-31st in the next door garden of Iolo Williams’ neighbour whilst he was on the Isle of Mull! A female EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER was ringed on Skokholm on 18th and Turtle Doves remained on the island on 9th.

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