Cory’s Shearwater – 1994

Calonectris diomedeaAderyn-Drycin CoryOccasional visitor

The first to be recorded was seen about 20 km west of Strumble Head from the Fishguard to Rosslare ferry on 25 September 1965 (J.W. Donovan). Single birds have since been seen at the following locations: South Bishop on 22 February 1976; St Ann’s Head on 12 June 1976; Skokholm on 17 August 1979, 6 and 15 August 1989; Strumble Head on 28 August 1981, 4 and 27 August and 2 September 1984, 12 August 1985, 13 and 20 August 1988, 29 August 1989 and 16 September 1990, with two there on 26 August 1981. Such occurrences suggest that we are on the fringe of their northward penetration of the East Atlantic.

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

Following re-assessment of records by WBRC in 2020, only the following records are considered acceptable:

  • South Bishop 22 Feb 1976
  • St Anne’s Head, 12 June 1976
  • Strumble Head 7 Sept 1980
  • Strumble Head 26 Aug 1981 (2 birds)
  • Strumble Head 28 Aug 1981
  • Skokholm on 17 August 1979 – not submitted to WBRC
  • Strumble Head 2 September 1984 – not accepted

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