Alpine Swift – 1994

Apus melba – COBLYN YR ALPAU – Rare visitor

One of two Alpine Swifts present at Angle Bay on 20 November 1908 was shot, and two were seen at St Davids Head on 14 September 1934 (Lockley et al. 1949). Single birds were then recorded at Tenby on 23 May 1959, at Skomer from 25 to 27 June 1967, at St Davids Head on 21 July 1968, at Skokholm on 13 July 1972, at Strumble Head on 26 April 1983 and at Caldey on 6 July 1985.

Donovan J.W. & Rees G.H, 1994, Birds of Pembrokeshire

NB:

23 May 1959 – record was not submitted to BBRC, and therefore not considered an acceptable record.

Additional records

1961 – 29 August – Llanrhian, St Davids. Source British Birds. Vol 55

1972 – 13 July – Skokholm (SBO)

1973 – 14 – 25 May – Ramsey Island (14-23 May – Welsh Bird Report) 1973, British Birds Vol 67, NiW Vol 14 No 2.

1974 – 28 June – Ramsey Island. Welsh bird report 1974, BB Vol 68, NiW Vol 14, No 4

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