Scarce and rare birds in Wales – October 2021 – a smattering of rarities in a rather slow autumn

This summary is compiled for birdsin.wales 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.

Cattle Egrets were at Kenfig on 1st , Llanynghenedl (Anglesey) on 11-15th , Dolydd Hafren (Montgomery) on 15th and on the Gann Estuary (Pembrokeshire) from 21-27th. A Spoonbill was at NWC (Carmarthen) on 2nd whilst seven flew past Goldcliff (Gwent) on 7th. Further singles were at West Pill on 12th and at Valley Lakes (Anglesey) on 16th. A GLOSSY IBIS flew over Skomer (Pembrokeshire) on 11th and one was on the Gann Estuary (Pembrokeshire) from 28-30th. RING-NECKED DUCKS were at Cardiff Bay all month, Llyn Alaw (Anglesey) on 4th, at the WWC/Teifi Marsh (Ceredigion) on 22-31st and Caban Coch Reservoir (Breconshire) on 29th. A SURF SCOTER was off Pensarn (Denbighshire) on 4th and 30th.

PECTORAL SANDPIPER was at Goldcliff Pools (Gwent) on 3rd and an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was at Dale (Pembrokeshire) from 8-17th. A Grey Phalarope was at Newport (Pembrokeshire) on 20th and another was off Bardsey on 21st.  A Long-tailed Skua was off Bardsey on 2nd and 3rdLeach’s Petrels were off Rhos Point, the Great Orme (Caernarfonshire) and Mwnt (Ceredigion) on 5th.

Things turned red however in the form of the island’s second RED-EYED VIREO which was on Bardsey over 2-3rd which was ringed and later retrapped. A second individual was nearby at Porth Meudwy on 6-9th.  A RED-BACKED SHRIKE was at Llanon on 30th , a RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER was on Bardsey on 9th and a RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL on Skokholm on 11th , two days after a BLYTH’S REED WARBLER on 9th.

Four Richard’s Pipits were recorded: on Skokholm on 1st and Bardsey on 11th, the Great Orme on 16th and Llanon on 30th.  An AMERICAN BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT was at Landimore (Gower) on 10-11th. A Siberian Chiffchaff was on Skokholm from 12-16th. Three Wrynecks were seen: on Skokholm on 3-4th , Mewslade Bay (Gower) on 6-9th and Aberporth (Ceredigion) on 24th. There were four Hoopoe records: at Sker Point (Glamorgan) on 4th followed by another photographed at sea alongside the Fishguard-Rosslare Ferry (Pembrokeshire) on 9th , one at Letterston (Pembrokeshire) on 12th and one in Brechfa (Carmarthen) on 28th.

A Woodlark was at Lavernock (Glamorgan) on 10th and Skomer on 31st and a GYR FALCON was over Cardiff Bay on 30th.

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