Curlew Sandpiper – records

Calidris ferruginea – PIBYDD CAMBIG – Scarce visitor

Records since 1990 extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

1990one Skokholm 30 AprilSingles Gann 26 Aug, 4 & 10 Oct, with up to 7 between 1 & 29 Sept. Singles Angle Bay 26 July and 13 Oct with 6 on 13 Sept. 9 Carew River 30 Sept: One Hook 6 Oct.
19911-4 recorded from coastal sites, 15 July—22 Sept With maxa of 7 at the Teifi 6-8 Sept, 9 at the Gann on 8-10 Sept and 12 at Nevern Est on 13—14 Sept.
1992Singles Gann, 28 MaySingle Gann, 1st Sept
1993One in summer plumage Gann 9 May.Up to 5 Gann many days 27 Aug – 11 Sept. One Teifi Est 31 Aug, up to 7 Nevern Est 9-11th Sept, 18 Sept, 26 Sept and 10 Oct. 4 Westfield Pill 3 Sept, 3 Sprinkle Pill 13 Oct, one Skokholm 27, 28 and 30 Aug.
1994One in summer plumage Fishguard Harb 24 July (first July record). Singles Hook 8 Sept, Sprinkle Pill 10 Sept, Cleddau Est 16 Sept, Gann 18 Sept, Nevern Est 20 Sept and Skokholm 22 Sept
1995Singles Nevern Est I Apr and 17 May, only spring records.Singles Skokholm 26 and 27 July, Hook 9 Sept, Little Milford 10 Sept and Gann 18 Sept.
1996No spring records but, as with Little Stint, an exceptional autumn.One, Nevern Est. 31 Aug where numbers increased to 26 by 29 Sept. A similar story at Angle Bay, 5 there 8 Sept rising to 29 by 22 Sept (new county max). 11 Hook 22 Sept. Up to 4 Blucks Pool, Dale Airfield, Gann, Lawrenny, Llanstadwell, Skokholm and Teifi Marshes between 8 Sept and 1 8 Oct.
1997One, Gann 21 May, was only spring record.4 Gann 18 Aug, singles there 31 Aug and 3 Sept. Singles Nevern Est 31 Aug and 19 – 29 Sept, Angle Bay 26 Sept with 2 there 28 Sept
1998A single Poppit 31 July, up to 4 Angle Bay 10 Aug – 26 Sept, up to 2 Nevern Est 29 Aug – 27 Sept, one Carew MP 4 Sept with 3 there on 5 Sept, 2 Gann 24 Sept.
1999In autumn only, when 1-2 recorded Angle Bay, Gann, Nevern Est, Pwllgwaelod and Strumble Hd, with 6 Gann 25 Aug and 12 Landshipping 7 Sept. One Gann 13 Nov was first Pembs record for that month.
2000Singles Gann 31 Aug, 4 Sept, 23 Sept, 24 Sept; Teifi Est 25 July, 29 Sept; Angle Bay 3 Oct; 1 or 2 Nevern Est 1 – 10 Sept.
2001Singles, Angle Bay 11 & 13 May, 2 there on 12 May.One, Sprinkle Pill 9 Aug, 4 Blucks Pool 8 Sept, 2 Teifi Est 25 Sept, up to 2 Gann 17 Sept – 27 Sept.
20022 Strumble Hd 23 Aug, 3 there 26 Aug; up to 3 Nevern Est 5 – 30 Sept; one Angle Bay 6 Sept, 2 there 7 Sept; singles Gann 7 Sept, Carew Mill 12 Sept, Freshwater W 12 Sept, Skomer 13-15 Sept; 3 Little Milford 18 Sept.
2003One Strumble Hd 13 Sept; 2 Angle Bay 13 Sept, one there 15 Sept; singles Landshipping 14 Sept, Treginnis 14 Oct.
2004Singles, Nevern Est 20 & 23 Sept, up to 4 there 10-– 29 Oct. Singles, Skomer 10 & 27 Sept, Gann 30 Sept & 1 Oct.
2005Single, Angle Bay 14&15 May, the only spring record.Singles, Angle Bay 23 Aug – 14 Sept, 6 on 2 Sept. Up to 2 Pembroke MP 4 – 6 Sept. Singles, Nevern Est 4 Sept & 5 Oct, Gann 12 Sept, Strumble Hd 25 Sept, Fishguard Harb 22 Oct.
20063 juveniles, Angle Bay 24 Aug, 2 there 22 Sept, 4 there 23 Sept. Singles, Fishguard Harb 1 – 15 Sept, Gann 17 Sept. 2 Teifi Est 10 – 20 Sept.
2007singles at the Nevern Est. on the 29th April and in May on the Teifi Est. on the 1st, 2nd and 26th.In autumn. singles at Angle Bay on the 6th & 16th Sept., 8th & 10th Oct. with three there on the 7th Sept. At the Gann, there were three on the 4th Oct., then up to 5 from the 5th Oct. to the 31st Oct.  Elsewhere singles at Fishguard Harbour on the 15th Sept., at Hook on the 16th Sept. and on the Nevern Est. on the 16th & 26th Sept.
2008All records were in autumn: 5 at Stackpole Warren on the 1 Sept, up to 6 on the Nevern Est. on 7 dates from the 12th to the19th Sept, up to 4 on the Teifi Est. on 8 dates from the 13th to the 28th Sept. and singles at the Gann on the 14th Sept.
2009One on the Nevern Est on 22nd MaySingles on the Nevern Est on 27th & 28th Sept, 15th – 22nd Oct, at Angle Bay on 3rd & 7th Sept, 21 Oct and passing Strumble Head on 23rd Sept.
2010Widely reported in the period from 31st Aug to 25th Oct, at Angle Bay/Kilpaison, Gann, Pembroke Upper Millpond, Skomer, Strumble Head, Teifi Estuary and Western Cleddau. Most sightings involved one or two birds, with maxima of four at Newport from 7th to 9th Sept and seven at Angle Bay on 22nd Sept.
2011There were four juveniles at Nevern Est on 30th and 31st Aug and five there on 4th Sept. Elsewhere, single juveniles were at The Gann on 1st – 4th Sept, with two there on 3rd. Thereafter, two birds were at Kilpaison on 7th Sept and a single bird was at the Teifi Est on 10th & 11th Sept.
2012The only record was of a single on the Teifi Est. on 5th May (CJ).
2013All sightings were of returning birds in the period from 28th Aug to 12th Sept. Recorded at Newport, The Gann, Marloes Mere, St Dogmael’s, Cosheston Pill, Pembroke Dock, Teifi Est and Rhoscrowther shore. Maxima of three birds were at Newport on 28th Aug, The Gann on 1st & 3rd Sept, St Dogmael’s on 1st Sept and at Cosheston Pill & Pembroke Dock on 3rd Sept.
2014The only reports were of one at Angle Bay on 27th Aug, another there 14th Sept, one at Teifi Est on 13th & 14th Sept and of two at Nevern Est on 14th – 15th Sept.
2015The only reports were of an adult in summer plumage on Skokholm on 10th July and a juv at Nevern Est on 27th Aug.
2016one at the Gann 24th & 30th Angle 26th Aug, increasing to five on 27th Aug, then six there on 3rd Sept, four at the Gann on 1st Sept with a single there on 30th Oct, two at Carew-Cresswell on September WeBs, on the Teifi Est from 1st – 26th Sept, with max of seven on the 8th and one at Newport on 16th Sept. Two logged passing Strumble Head on 29th Aug.
2017two at Angle Bay on 8th Maysingles at Angle 23rd Sept & 21st – 22nd Oct and two at Nevern Est on 11th Sept with a single there on 29th Oct.
2018Singles Gann 29th & 30Singles Gann 29th & 30th May (photo below by C. Reed), 10th & 29th Sept and at Little Milford 10th Sept.
2019One at the Gann 11 May.Two at the Gann 23 Aug, a single there 7 Sept and three on 10 Nov. Elsewhere
singles on Skokholm 3 Aug, at Nevern Est. 3 & 22 Sept, Dale Airfield 15 Sept and up to three
on the Teifi Est 1 – 28 Sept.
2020Singles at Carew on 26 Mar, Teifi Est 27 – 28 Apr, at the Gann 4 May and presumably the same individual on Skokholm 5 – 9 May.Singles at the Gann 30 Aug – 1 Oct & 18 Oct, with three there 2 Sept, three Nevern Est 2 Sept, two Little Milford 10 Sept, with one on 23 Oct, two at Landshipping 20 Sept and singles on Teifi Est 2 Sept and at Angle Bay 14 Sept & 23 Nov.

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