Woodchat Shrike – records

Lanius senator – CIGYDD PENGOCH – Scarce passage migrant

Earlier records are summarised in Woodchat Shrike 1994

1994 – Singles at St Davids Head 14-15 May, and on Skomer 24-28 May

1995 – 3 Skomer 2-3 May, 2 remaining to 4 May (SS et al), one Flimston 12-13 May (PRH, RJH et al) (records not submitted to WRAG)

1997 – Singles, Pointz Castle 31 May (WB) and Skokholm 31 May (GT) (Pointz Castle record not submitted to WRAG)

1998 – Male Strumble Head 15 May (MG)

2000 – Singles Skokholm 1 May (GT et al), Skomer 29 Apr, another on 6 May (JGB) and St Bride’s
10 May (ASu).

2003 – One was present Skomer 30-31 May (MO)

2004 – One record, a first winter Skomer 11-13 Oct (JGB)

2008 – Three different birds were located along the coast in spring. The first a male at Treginnis, St Davids on 13 May (D Ramsey et al), the next another male at St Bridge’s on 20 May (L Owen) and finally a female at Martin’s Haven on 8 June ST (et al)

2009 – A rare summer migrant, usually recorded on the islands. The only record was of a male photographed by a visitor at Strumble Head on 1st July (R. Iddon).

2011 – Three individuals were seen this year in Pembrokeshire:

  • the first a male at Abereiddy on 22-23 April (H Richards),
  • then a female at Whitesands Bay 25 -26 April (MYP et al)
  • and finally a male at Mullock Bridge 15-19 May (D. Buckley).

2013 – The only accepted records were a female at St Davids Head on 21-30 Apr (B. Stevens et al) and a male on Ramsey on 26 May (per GM).

2014 – Two spring records, the first a male at Treginnis on 20 – 21 Apr (J. Wadkin) the second a female at the Deer Park, Martin’s Haven on 12 – 13 June (BS).

2015 – Three virtually synchronous records of males:

  • on Ramsey 15 – 22 Apr (LM et al),
  • at Whitesands Bay on 16-20 Apr (KYP, MYP et al)
  • and near Aberforest on 16 May (SBa, SEB).

2016 – Two records in May of males on Skomer, the first 4 – 8 (JWM, EM Riera), the second 25 – 26 (JWM).

2018 – Single adult male Skomer 18 – 21 April (SG).

2019 – Male on Skomer 12 – 13 May (DJA et al).

Source – Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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