Purple Sandpiper – first and last dates

Calidris maritima – PIBYDD DU – Principally a winter visitor

Earlier records are summarised in Purple Sandpiper 1994

In some bird reports, a distinction is made between the dates of overwintering birds, and those passing through. See the individual reports for details.

YearLastFirstNotes
19907 May18 JulyUp to  24 at Skomer in Nov
19919 May12 AugMax 7 Skomer in Oct and 7 Skokholm in Nov.
199228 April20 Julymax. 33 Skomer 10th Apr
19938 May6 Julymax 22 Skomer 19 Mar
199418 May29 JulyMax 23 Skomer on 23 Nov
19953 May10 AugMax 7 in Jan, Sept & Nov
19967 May27 JulyMax 24 Skomer in Nov
199722 Feb17 SeptMax 10 at the Smalls 26 Sept
199812 May10 AugBTO non-estuarine coastal survey,
Amroth to Cemaes Hd. 11 birds recorded
199912 May3 JulyMax 14 Skomer in March
200026 May8 AugMax 6 Skokholm in May
200119 May10 SeptMax 9 Strumble Head in September
200225 Feb2 AugMax 7 fishguard Harbour in December
20036 May11 SeptMax 10 Fishguard Harbour in January
20042 April14 SeptMax 5 Fishguard Harbour in February
20051 April30 JulyMax 10 Ramsey Oct – Dec
200611 MayAugustMax 18 Ramsey Oct – Nov
2007MayJulyMax 23 Ramsey in October.
Interesting record of 12 at sea, 5 miles south of St Ann’s Head on 24 October
200815 May29 AugMax 12 Ramsey in February
2009MayJulyMax 17 Ramsey in September
2010MayAugustMax 12 on Skomer in May
2011AprilJulyMax 12 Ramsey 26 March
20129 MayOctoberMax 21 Skomer in February
201330 May28 AugMax 7 Broadhaven in February
201413 May13 AugMax 9 Fishguard outer breakwater in February
201512 April9 AugMax 18 Skomer in March
201624 Feb Max 7 Fishguard outer breakwater in February
201713 May5 SeptMax 45 on the Smalls in April
20185 May21 AugMax 40 Skomer in April
2019MarchOctoberMax 7 Skokholm in October
2020March24 JulyMax 10 Monkstone in December

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