Ortolan Bunting – records

Emberiza hortulanaBras y GerddiScarce visitor

Earlier records are summarised in Ortolan Bunting 1994

1992 – Singles were at Skomer On 11 and 12 Sept, Skokholm 16th, 17th, 23rd. 25th and 28th — 30th Sept. (probably 2 birds involved) and Strumble Head 12 and 16 Oct.

1994 – 3 Skokholm 2 Sept

1995 – Singles Skokholm male 11 May, and juv 15 Sept; male Skomer 24 May.

1997 – 21 September, Ramsey (source – Welsh Bird Report)

1998 – Singles Skomer 20 Sept (SS et al). Skokholm 20 & 30 Sept (GT et al) and Strumble Head 25 Sept (GJW et al).

1999 – One Strumble Head 6 and 12 Oct (GHR) (not submitted to WBRC)

2002– Singles Ramsey 3 Sept (SA), Skomer 4, 14 & 16 Sept (JGB), Skokholm 12 Sept, with 4 at latter 13 Sept (GT).

2003 – Two records Skokholm, a flyover Ad 5 Sept and 1st W 21 Sept (GT). A single Ramsey also 21 Sept (SA). (Ramsey record not submitted to WBRC)

2010 – A single found on a visit to Skokholm on 15th Nov (PJ)

2012 – A single bird at Pencarnan on 8th Sept. (J&M B).

2014 – A single bird on Skomer on 2nd Sept (JWM) and possibly the same bird on Skokholm on 4th Sept (RB, GE) then another single on Skomer on 10th Sept. (JWM).

2015 – A single bird on Skokholm on 20th May was the only record (RDB)

2016 – A single on Skokholm on 16th Aug (GE, RDB et al) and one on Skomer 8th Sept (ES et al)

2018 – Single in a garden at Llanfyrnach on 6th Oct (JD), photo below, was the only accepted record.

2019 – One on Skomer 16 May.

Source – Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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