Dotterel – 1994

Charadrius morinellus – HUTAN Y MYNYDDScarce visitor. Not recorded from November to March or in June and July

Mathew (1894) recorded one Dotterel shot at Castle Martin in the spring of 1888. The next sighting was of a group or trip of five at Skokholm on 7 May 1960, and further spring records were one at Skomer on 7 May 1976, four on Preseli Top on 8 May 1981, 11 at Skomer on 15 May 1991, a group of 15 at Dinas Mountain on 16 May 1991 ( which had gradually reduced to four when last recorded on 19 May) and one at Skomer on 28 April 1992.

Seventeen single juveniles were recorded between 25 August and 16 October from 1964 to 1992, at Skokholm, Skomer, Ramsey, St Govan’s Head, the Gann and Dale Airfield, with two at Skokholm on 17 September 1974 and three at Ramsey on 21 August 1981. There is just one autumn inland record, a single bird at Foel Cwmcerwyn on 23 September 1973.

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

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