Scarce and rare birds in Wales – September 2019

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.

The August Scarce and Rare had to be compiled a couple of days before the end of the month and inevitably missed a splendid record – an AQUATIC WARBLER trapped and ringed at Llangorse Lake on 30th August.

Two long stayers remained throughout most of September: Cattle Egrets at NWC (Carmarthen) from 1st to 27th and the GLOSSY IBIS at NWR (Gwent) from 4th to 23rd. Another Cattle Egret was on Border Pool, RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands on 24th.

Scarce waders were reasonably well represented: a juvenile SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was at NWR from 2nd-12th and a LESSER YELLOWLEGS was at Pembroke Mill Ponds (Pembrokeshire)  between 7th and 24th. A Grey Phalarope was off Ramsay on 4th. Two Dotterel were at Uwchmynydd on 10th, and singles were on Foel Fras (Caernarfonshire) on 14th, Plumstone Mountain (Pembrokeshire) on 21st and Dale (Pembrokeshire) on 22nd.

Leach’s Petrels were numerous with 11 birds past Rhos Point on 7th the high count and one was found in Fishguard (Pembrokeshire) on 5th, rehabilitated and later ringed and released. Long-tailed Skuas were off Point Lynas (Anglesey) on 5th, Ynyslas (Ceredigion) on 16th, Llandudno (Caernarfon) on 22nd and three were seen from Bardsey on 28th. Sabine’s Gulls was off Mwnt (Ceredigion) on 1st, Bardsey on 4th, Strumble (Pembrokeshire) on 4th-5th, Ynyslas (Ceredigion) on 15th, off Pembrokeshire (on a pelagic) on 19th and off Bardsey on 28th. A Roseate Tern was at Pembrey (Carmarthen) on 13th and Rhosilli Bay (Gower) on 15th. A Black Tern was at Llandegfedd Reservoir on 13-15th and NWC (Carmarthen) on 22nd.

BLACK KITE was over Rhossili Bay (Gower), Porthcawl (Glamorgan) and Lavernock Point (Glamorgan) all on 10th and another was over Talwrn (Anglesey) on 25th. A SPOTTED CRAKE was at WWC (Pembrokeshire) on 22-23rd.

ROSY STARLING was at Aberffraw (Anglesey) on 1st, then at Cemlyn Bay on 9th and from 15-26th. A GOLDEN ORIOLE was at South Stack Plantation (Anglesey) on 19th and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE was on Skokholm on 6th-7th.

A confiding and beautifully photographed ISABELLINE WHEATEAR on Bardsey on 10-13th. A WESTERN BONELLI’S WARBLER was at Uwchmynydd (Caernarfon) from 1st-5th. A RICHARD’S PIPIT was on Ramsay (Pembrokeshire) on 8th and Ogmore-by-Sea (Glamorgan) on 17th and the star bird of the month, Wales’ first ever BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT appeared on Bardsey on 29th, just as these notes were being finalised – see photo above by Steve Stansfield! An ALPINE SWIFT was a great record over Aberystwyth (Ceredigion) on 23rd and one (possibly the same bird) was reported over Brynsciencyn (Anglesey) on 24th. A RED-RUMPED SWALLOW was over Bardsey on 25th and then an hour later over Aberdaron (Caernarfonshire). An EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL was at Cemlyn (Anglesey) over 25-27th.

There were seven reports of Wrynecks: on Skokholm from 1st-4th and on 16th-17th, Martin’s Haven (Pembrokeshire) on 2nd-4th, Ogmore-by-Sea (Glamorgan) on 1st, Cheriton (Gower) on 17th and Bardsey on 20th and 29th. A Black Redstart was at Llanymynech (Powys) on 18th and Firecrests were on Skokholm on 20th and Bardsey on 24th. A COMMON ROSEFINCH was on Skokholm on 23rd-25th. Two well twitched and photographed  Lapland Buntings were on the Great Orme on 8th, with further birds on Bardsey on 8th and 18th.

Any scarce and rare birds on the last day of the month will be included in October’s report!

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