Scarce and rare birds in Wales – October 2019

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 GLOSSY IBIS was at NWR (Gwent) throughout and one was at Sker (Glamorgan) on 30th-31st. Up to eight Spoonbills were at WWC (Carmarthen) from 9th-20th and one was on the Inland Sea (Anglesey) on 11th.  A Common Crane was at St. Clears (Carmarthen) on 12th. Cattle Egrets were at NWC (Carmarthen) and Dwyran (Anglesey) on 9th, Gann Estuary (Pembrokeshire) on 26thGreat Egrets were at several sites but three over Bardsey were notable. A SMEW was on the River Usk, south of Usk on 31st and two Ruddy Shelduck were on the River Clwyd at Rhuddlan (Flintshire) from 4th-31st.

Six Little Gulls were off Bardsey (Caernarfonshire) on 19th and one was at Bryn Bach (Gwent) on 31stSabine Gulls were seen off Bardsey on 2nd and off Skomer and Skokholm (Pembrokeshire) on 9th.  A Glaucous Gull was at Borth-y-Gest (Caernarfonshire) on 3rd and Bardsey on 26th. A Long-tailed Skua was off Bardsey on 10th with others at Porth Eynon Point (Gower) on 16th and Strumble (Pembrokeshire) on 6th. A Balearic Shearwater was off Skokholm on 10th. Grey Phalaropes were off Newgale (Pembrokeshire) on 11th and Strumble (Pembrokeshire) on 6th. A Turtle Dove was at Dale (Pembrokeshire) on 17th-23rd.

Firecrests were on Skokholm on 3rd, Bardsey on 12th, up to two at Aber Ogwen (Caernarfonshire) on 17-31st, Middleton (Gower) on 21st, Holyhead (Anglesey) on 22nd, Haverfordwest on 27th, one ringed at Bangor on 28thYellow-browed Warblers were reported from several sites. SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFFS were at Aberdaron (Caernarfonshire) on 24th and on Skokholm (Pembrokeshire) on 27th. A BLYTH’S REED WARBLER was at Porth Eilian (Anglesey) on 27th and the counties third record.

Black Redstarts were at Llangranog (Ceredigion) on 18th, St. David’s on 22nd, Dale on 26th, Crymych and Marloes  and Broadhaven on 27th (all Pembrokeshire) and NWC (Carmarthen) on 29th. Water Pipits were reported from NWR (Gwent) on 20th, Newport (Pembrokeshire) on 27th-31st and Abercastle (Pembrokeshire) on 29th. A widespread scatter of Richard’s Pipits were found: at Aberystwyth on 5th, on Bardsey on 15th-16th, the Alaw Estuary (Anglesey) and Point of Ayr (Flintshire) on 18th, Great Orme (Caernarfonshire) on 23rd and at South Stack (Anglesey) on 29th. A RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER was on Skokholm on 14th.

Woodlarks flew over Lavernock Point (Glamorgan) on 19th and Bardsey (Caernarfonshire) on 20th-21st, with two at Carmel Head (Anglesey) on 22nd. An ISABELLINE WHEATEAR was at Llandudno’s West Shore (Caernarfonshire) on 2nd. A ROSY STARLING remained at Cemlyn Bay on 1st. A Wryneck was on Bardsey on 14th, a Hoopoe was at Moylgrove (Pembrokeshire) on 7th and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE was at Lydstep (Pembrokeshire) on 13th. A RED-EYED VIREO was ringed on Skokholm on 12th.

COMMON ROSEFINCH was on Skokholm on 1st. Lapland Buntings were on Skokholm on 2nd, at Llanon (Ceredigion) on 6th, nine were at Cemlyn Bay (Anglesey) on 9th-11th, with further singles on  Bardsey from 12th-27th, at Martin’s Haven (Pembrokeshire) on 2nd and from 12th-15th, Landimore (Gower) on 15th and Llanrhystud (Ceredigion) on 20th. Snow Buntings were recorded (and photographed) at several sites towards the end of the month.

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