Larus minutus – GWYLAN FECHAN – Passage migrant. Not recorded in June
Mathew (1894) noted two shot at Tenby in January 1892 and Lockley et al. (1949) added one seen at St David’s on 12 September 1927.
One or two were noted in 11 years between 1961 and 1979, with seven at Skokholm on 14 November 1967 and 11 at Skomer on 6 August 1970. All were from the offshore islands of Ramsey, South Bishop, Skomer and Skokholm, apart from singles at Mullock Bridge, Strumble Head and Llysyfran reservoir.
Regular seawatching at Strumble Head throughout the 1980s has revealed that up to 20 a year pass southwards out of the Irish Sea each autumn between late July and December, and that larger numbers can occur during severe gales late in the season, such as 69 on 24 December 1984, 75 on 10 November 1985 and 76 on 13 November 1987. As with many other seabird movements, most appear to strike out to sea once clear of the Bishops and Clerks. Thus there are only occasional records from the coastal areas south of St Davids, including some which enter the Cleddau Estuary, though never more than three on any occasion.