Lapland Bunting – records

Calcarius lapponicus– BRAS Y GOGLEDD – Passage migrant.

Photo – one of two Lapland Buntings which dropped in on North Plain, Skokholm on 27 March 2017. This was the first spring record since 1995, the first March record ever and only the fifth spring sighting for the Island. Richard Brown, Skokholm Blog.

Earlier records are summarised in Lapland Bunting 1994

The Lapland Bunting was recorded almost entirely as an occasional autumn migrant with up to a handful of records each year. Occasionally larger numbers were recorded, as were individuals at other times of year.

Since the Birds of Pembrokeshire was published in 1994, numbers of records have been variable, with a new county record of 34 birds on Ramsey in 1993. Another large influx occurred in 2010 with mostly small numbers being recorded at a variety of coastal locations, though there were flocks of 20 on Ramsey on 16 Oct and 16 on Skomer on the 21 Oct.

Numbers stayed relatively high for the next few winters, with increasing numbers of records over wintering birds, including 4 at Dale Airfield in January 2013, and a minimum of 10 at Marloes on 1st Jan 2017, some apparently staying throughout the month.

The table below shows the number of individuals recorded in each month, though it is always possible that some individuals were recorded in more than one place, and many more may have gone undetected.

YearJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
19934        1934 
1994        2311
1995    1   2131 
1996        15  
1997        21  
1998        122 
1999         7  
2000        76  
2001         2  
2002        8131 
2003        15  
2004        14  
20051        1  
2006 3       1  
2007    1   122 
2008   1    123 
2009        28  
2010        86524 
2011  11    8255 
2012 12     41319 
20134521    3419 
20144121    323 
2015         314
2016        2322 
201711 2      116 
2018  1      1  
201986
2020331

Records summarised from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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