Scarce and rare birds in Wales – September 2020 – Taiga Bean Goose, Red-throated Pipit and a sprinkling of lesser rarities

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.

GLOSSY IBIS were widespread in west Wales: at Ferryside on 4th and then Kidwelly Quay (Carmarthen) on 7-13th with the long-stayer still at NWR (Gwent). Then seven dropped into the Gann Estuary on 10th with two remaining on 11th. Another two were at RSPB Cors Ddyga (Anglesey) on 19-27th, one was at Cemlyn on 9-20th and another at Porthmadog (Caernarfon) on 14-15th.  Cattle Egrets were at Kidwelly Quay (Carmarthen) on 9th, NWC (Gower) on 14th, Kenfig NNR on 29th.  A PURPLE HERON was at Cors Ddyga (Anglesey) on 6th.  A NIGHT HERON was on Burry Green (Glamorgan) on 14th.

SURF SCOTER was photographed in a flock passing Uwchmynydd (Caernarfonshire) on 15th. A TAIGA BEAN GOOSE was at Cors Ddyga (Anglesey) over 27-28th.

There was a Black Tern off Bull Bay (Anglesey) on 7thSabine’s Gulls were seen off various coastal sites between 4-7th and one was off Borth on 10th another at Point Lynas on 26th. A CORY’S SHEARWATER was off Strumble on 25th. A Balearic Shearwater was off Bull Bay on 5th and another off Skokholm on 28th. Leach’s Petrels were off Bull Bay, Mwnt (Ceredigion) on 25thRoseate Terns were off Bardsey on 4th and Skokholm on 4-6th and Long-tailed Skuas were off Ynyslas (Ceredigion) on 18-19th and Strumble on 25th.

A Grey Phalarope was off Bardsey on 5th.  It was a good month for BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS with birds at Castlemartin (Pembrokeshire) on 5th, two at Marloes on 12th with one remaining from 16-19th, one at St Govan’s Head on 19-20th and Gann Estuary 16-19th. A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was at Cemlyn on 9th.

Wood Sandpiper was on the Inland Sea (Anglesey) on 18th. Tame and photogenic Dotterel were on the Great Orme (Caernarfon) on 18-21st, one at St Govan’s Head (Pembrokeshire) on 19th-20th.

BLACK KITE was reported over Dowrog Common on 20th and a Honey Buzzard reported over Ogmore-by-Sea (Glamorgan) on 16th.  A Turtle Dove was at Henborh, Cemlyn (Anglesey) on 1-13thROSY STARLINGS were on the hotel roof in Bull Bay (Anglesey) as usual – seen between 6-20th, and juveniles were at St Ann’s Head (Pembrokeshire) on 29th and Morfa Nefyn on 30th.

MELODIOUS WARBLER was on Skokholm on 2nd and another was ringed on 10th, remaining until 19th. Further birds were on nearby Skomer on 6th and 10-13th. A RED-THROATED PIPIT was heard and seen flying over Bardsey on 29th. A RED-BACKED SHRIKE was at Cemlyn on 14th and a LITTLE BUNTING was ringed on Skokholm on 29thWrynecks were widespread with birds at Aber Ogwen on 5th, two on Bardsey on 3rd and 6-8th with another on 18th, one ringed on Oxwich Marsh by Oxwich RG (Gower) on 6th and another on Skomer on 14-17th.

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