Whimbrel – first and last dates

Numenius phaeopus – COEGYLFINIR – Passage migrant

Earlier records are summarised in Whimbrel 1994

YearEarliest sightingLast sightingNotes
199315 April22 OctoberSpring maximum – 100 at Gann on 2 May
Autumn maximum – 220 passed Strumble Head on 5 August
199413 April27 SeptemberSpring max – 29 at Skomer on 26 April
Autumn max – 30 at Strumble Head on 30 on 28 August
19959 April28 SeptemberSpring max – 75 at Brownslade on 7 May
Autumn max – 18 at Strumble Head on 26 August
19967 April19 OctoberSpring max – 30+ at Skomer on 1 May
Autumn max – 34 at Strumble Head on 24 August
Single on Skomer on 21 November is a notable late date
199717 April18 OctoberOne probably overwintered on Skomer 1996-97
Spring max – 135 at Brownslade 6 June
Autumn max – 26 passed Strumble Head on 24 July
Two on Skomer in November-December
1998mid-AprilOct-NovTwo birds overwintered on Skomer 1997-98
Spring max – 115 at Castlemartin on 21 May
Autumn max – 370 passed Strumble Head on 5 August
One on Skokholm on 6 December
199917 MarchNovemberOne probably overwintered on Skokholm
Spring max – over 50 at Ramsey on 3 dates mid-April to mid-May
Autumn max – 65 passed Strumble Head on 30 August
200023 March20 NovemberOne probably overwintered on Skokholm
Spring max – 45 at Whitesands on 1 May
Autumn max – 20 at Angle Bay on 18 August
2001mid-March2 OctoberOne probably overwintered on Skokholm
Spring max – 200+ at Whitesands on 6 May
Autumn max – 105 passed Strumble Head on 29 August
Up to 3 in Dec when Skokholm vacated
2002mid-Marchmid-OctoberOne probably overwintered on Skokholm
Spring max – 70 at Freshwater West on 3 May
Autumn max – 21 at Skomer on 1 August
20038 March13 NovemberSpring max – 64 at Skokholm on 28 April
Autumn max – 39 passing Strumble Head on 31 July
One still on Skokholm when Island vacated in December
200413 March30 OctoberSpring max – 60+ Hendre Farm on 3 May
Autumn max – 26 at Cwm-yr-Eglwys on 6 August
20058 MarchOctoberSpring max – 42 at the Gann on 21 May
Autumn max – 55 passed Strumble Head on 4 August
Singles recorded at several places in December on Cleddau
200620 March4 NovemberSingle at Angle Bay on 2 & 6 January (same bird as Dec 2005?)
Spring max – 148 at Whitesands on 29 April
Autumn max – 45 passed Strumble Head on 4 September
200717 March18 NovemberSpring max – 185 at Whitesands on 1 May
Autumn max – 12 at Strumble Head on 1 September
20081 March4 SeptemberSpring max – 64 on the Teifi on 26 April
Autumn max – 22 at Stumble Head on 2 September
20094 April2 NovemberSpring max – 64 at the Gann on 30 April
Autumn max – 65 passing Stumble Head on 9 August
201010 April25 SeptemberSpring max – 41 at Ramsey on 21 April
Autumn max – 23 passed Strumble Head on 21 August
20111 April14 OctoberAt least two over-wintered on Skokholm seen 1st Jan – 22 March
Spring max – 75 at Whitesands on 5 May
Autumn max – light passage up to three birds at a time
20122 April23 OctoberAt least two over-wintered on Skokholm 2011-12
Spring max – 79 at St Davids Head on 1 May
Autumn max – 53 at Porth Selau Beach on 14 September
201310 March13 SeptemberSpring max – 67 at Marloes Mere on 27 April
Autumn max – 1498 seen from Strumble Head on 18 August
201427 March19 SeptemberOne may have overwintered on Skokholm
Spring max – 110 at the Gann on 13 May
Autumn max – 247 passed Strumble Head on 11 August
201521 March25 SeptemberOne assumed to have overwintered on Skokholm
Spring max – 55 at Freshwater West on 30 April
Autumn max – 30 passed Strumble Head on 23 August
One on Skokholm in October-November – over-wintering?
201610 April20 SeptemberSpring max – 140 at Kilpaison on 30 April
Autumn max – none given
201712 April8 OctoberSpring max – 32 at Carew-Cresswell on 2 May
Autumn max – 40 at Skomer on 29 August
20187 March25 NovemberSpring max – 70 at Newport on 2 May
Autumn max – 16 passed Strumble Head on 24 & 27 August
20194 April30 NovemberOne thought to have over-wintered on Skokholm
A leucistic bird at Skokholm on 6&7 May,
Spring max – 45 at Skokholm on 28 April
Possibly same leucistic bird seen at the Gann on 9 July
Atumn max – none given

Records above extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports which may contain more information.

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