Redwing – First and last dates

Turdus iliacus – COCH DAN-ADEN – Winter visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded in July and August

YearLast spring recordFirst autumn record
19818 April4 Oct
198218 April6 Oct
198318 March25 Sept
19846 May5 Oct
198530 March13 Oct
198623 April13 Sept
198727 April4 Oct
19889 April9 Oct
19894 May21 Sept
199025 April26 Sept
199116 April10 Oct
19928 April5 Oct
199319 April23 Sept
19943 May2 Oct
199513 March12 Oct
199617 April10 Oct
199710 April7 Oct
199828 April5 Oct
199928 March4 Oct
20007 May26 Sept
200113 April20 Sept
20027 April6 Oct
200317 April5 Oct
20041 May8 Oct
20055 April14 Oct
200628 March16 Oct
200721 May28 Sept
200830 March26 Sept
20099 March9 Oct
201020 April20 Oct
20117 April14 Oct
201213 April9 Oct
201330 April4 Oct
201428 May9 Oct
20153 April7 Oct
201611 April9 Oct
20178 May14 Oct
201820 April11 Oct
201917 April5 Oct
202018 April28 Sept

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports which may contain more detail than shown here

A few gaps in the records have been filled with records from the islands, or from Birdtrack

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Cory’s Shearwater – Records since 2008

Calonectris diomedeaAderyn-Drycin CoryOccasional visitor

See here for earlier records

2008Single off St Govans Head on 17th Aug (CH). Circulating WRP
2011All records from Strumble Head where a total of five birds passed, four on 17th July in the space of 32 minutes before 6.42 in the morning (RS). The other, an evening bird, on 21st August (AR). These are first birds to be recorded at Strumble since 2006. Both records have been accepted by WRP.
2013At Strumble Head single birds recorded on 23rd June (AR), 24th August (MH et al), both accepted by WRP.
2014The autumn started off with one seen off Skokholm on 1st August the seventh record for the island (RB), Strumble then had a good run of birds at the end of August with a single on 29th, two on 30th and another single on 31st (AR, SM). If accepted along with the Great Shearwater records it is the first time both large Shearwaters have been recorded on three consecutive days at Strumble. Records circulating WRP.
2015Cory’s Shearwater, Strumble Head 19th July. Not submitted to WRP
2016The rarer of the two large Shearwaters, single birds passed Strumble Head on 8th Aug (AR, RHD). Another at sea on 18th Aug (PR & SL Murray). Accepted WRP.
2021One was seen passing Strumble Head on 8 Aug (P & SJM),

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports which may contain more detail than shown here

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Red-breasted Merganser – WeBS 2021-22

Mergus serrator – HWYADEN FRONGOCH – Winter visitor

Updates to the Wetland Bird Survey counts for this season.

This graph will be updated as more counts come in.

2021-22 – A female/immature in Goodwick Harbour on October 30th, 2 in Lower Town harbour on 2/11 & 12/11 missed the WeBS counts. A male at Lower Town & Goodwick harbours from 2/1/22 managed to get himself counted for WeBS. ( 5 at Amroth on 13/11 and 6 at Wiseman’s Bridge on 8/1 – not a WeBS site)

No Red-breasted Mergansers were seen during WeBS counts for the 2020-21 season.

Annie Haycock (BBS & WeBS local organiser)

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Firecrest – first and last dates

Regulus ignicapillus – DRYW PENFFLAMGOCH – Passage migrant and winter visitor.

Yearlast recordfirst recordNotes
198114 Feb19 Nov
1982?24 Oct6 at Bosherston
198323 Feb25 Nov
198422 April1 Nov
1985no records
198626 Sept
198731 August
198813 June21 SeptJune records from Skokholm
198919 May12 Sept
199010 June22 SeptJune records from Skokholm
199119 Feb26 Sept
199230 May29 Sept
199325 April26 August
199411 Feb27 Sept
199521 March21 Sept1 on Skokholm 6 June
199618 May12 Oct
19977 Jan13 Sept
199820 May3 Oct
199926 April5 Oct
200017 April13 Oct
200116 Jan6 Oct
200223 March23 Septsinging male on Skokholm 12 June
200330 March15 Oct
20044 Aprilseen in autumn, places but no dates given
200517 March29 Sept
20064 May24 Sept
20077 March27 SeptLarge autumn influx (details in the report)
200823 March24 Sept
200927 Feb12 Sept
2010MarchSept6 in Jan, 4 in Feb, 1 in March
1 in Sept, 2 in Oct, 13 in Nov, 4 in Dec
20111 March27 Oct
201226 May10 Sept
201310 April30 Sept
201416 Feb17 Sept
2015Excellent year for this species, details in the report
)201612 May7 Oct
201711 May27 Sept
201831 May29 Sept
201910 Jan15 Sept
202031 March18 Sept

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports which may contain more detail than shown here

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Curlew Sandpiper – records

Calidris ferruginea – PIBYDD CAMBIG – Scarce visitor

Records since 1990 extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

_Year_SpringAutumn
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 April.one 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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Yellow Wagtail – First and last dates

Motacilla flava – SIGLEN FELEN – Passage migrant, has bred. Not recorded from December to February

Passage dates for flava/flassima only

YearSpringAutumnNotes
198121 April – 28 June22 Aug – 3 Octlate record – 2nd Nov, Mullock
198228 April – 5 June4 July – 12 Sept 
198323 April – 5 May26 Aug – 25 Sept 
19844 April – 7 June22 Aug – 17 Oct 
198523 April – 17 May9 July – 11 Oct 
198624 April – 1 June20 July – 25 Sept 
198720 April – 13 May29 Aug – 8 Oct 
198822 April – 21 May22 Aug – 16 Septlate record – 20 Oct, Skokholm
198919 April – 15 June2 July – 23 Sept16 on Skomer 28 Aug
199020 April – 12 May15 July – 27 Sept 
199112 April – 28 May23 Aug – 12 Oct9 at Strumble Head 27 Aug
199220 April – 19 May18 Aug – 5 Nov 
19938 April – 4 June29 July – 26 Sep 
199430 April – 27 May22 Aug – 10 Oct 
199512 April – 17 June3 Aug – 28 Oct 
199613 April – 5 June20 Aug – 2 OctMore recorded on mainland in autumn than for many years
199724 April – 26 May12 Aug – 19 Oct 
199829 April – 5 June13 Aug – 9 Oct10 on Ramsey, 1 Sept
19997 April – 19 May21 Aug – 6 Oct 
200025 April – 1 May18 Aug – 1 Oct 
200124 April – 29 May16 Aug – 20 Sept 
200217 June – 9 July19 Aug – 31 Oct 
20033 May – 14 June24 Aug – 25 Sept 
200425 April26 Aug – 3 OctVery few records
200529 April – 27 June19 July – 5 Oct 
200615 April – 5 June8 Sept – 1 Aug 
20071 May – 14 June8 Aug – 23 Sept 
200828 April – 16 May7 Aug – 17 Oct1 on Ramsey 7-22 July
200926 April – 2 May11 – 17 Sept1 Skomer 2 Nov
201015 April – 23 May1-22 Sept 
201119 April – 27 May25 Aug – 5 Oct 
201224 April – 17 May4 Aug – 26 Sept 
201321 April – 19 June19 Aug – 15 Oct 
201410 April – 31 May22 Aug – 23 Sept 
201514 April – 19 June18 Aug – 10 Oct 
201614 April – 16 May16 Aug – 11 Oct 
201721 April – 13 May13 Sept – 19 Oct 
20185 – 21 May23 Aug – 19 Oct 
201920 April – 21 June11 Aug – 11 Oct 
20203 – 25 May11 Aug – 21 Sept 

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports which may contain more detail than shown here

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Knot – Ringing

Calidris canutus – PIBYDD YR ABER – Winter visitor and passage migrant. 

Knot – Orange flag T7

This colour-ringed knot was recorded in Pembrokeshire on 10 March 2018.  It was ringed as an adult on Merseyside in 2017, and spent that winter there.  This particular colour-ringing project has shown that there is interchange between Merseyside, Deeside and Ireland.  It is possible that T7 had spent at least part of the 2018-19 winter in Ireland and was now on its way east to join thousands of other knot on the Waddensee where they fatten up for the flight to their breeding grounds via staging posts in North Norway and Iceland.   It was last recorded back on Merseyside in July 2019.

As we see only small numbers of knot in Pembrokeshire, it is worth looking carefully for birds with colour-rings or flags.  Ideally get the number on the flag, but even a record of the colour and which leg it is on can provide useful information.

Thanks to Jim Wilson for the colour-ring information.


Knot – Z080116

During the flurry of Knot sightings in West Wales over the last few weeks, we have received data on the colour-ringed Knot on the 7th March at the Gann. It was first ringed in Waddenzee August 2014, resighted by the same ringer at Porsangerfjord Norway during spring migration and recaptured by Pemb’s Ringing Group 7th March 2018. A short but interesting life history for a bird that has an average weight of 137g. We still have a lot to learn about migrating Waders that choose to use the Gann as a stop-over. The continued resighting of colour ringed Waders by the users of the Pemb’s Bird blog is very much appreciated.

Mike & Theresa (posted on the Pembrokeshire Bird Ringing Blog)


References:

BALMER D, GILLINGS S, CAFFREY B, SWANN B, DOWNIE I, FULLER R. 2014. Bird Atlas 2007-11: The Breeding and Wintering Birds of Britain and Ireland.  HarperCollins.  UK

HBW – Handbook of the Birds of the World

LACK P. 1986.  The Atlas of Wintering Birds in Britain and Ireland, T & A. D. Poyser, London

LOVEGROVE R, WILLIAMS G, WILLIAMS I. 1994.  Birds in Wales. T & A. D. Poyser, London

Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

WERNHAM. C, TOMS. M, MARCHANT. J, CLARK. J, SIRIWARDENA. G, BAILLIE. S. 2002. The Migration Atlas, Movements of the birds of Britain and Ireland, T & A. D. Poyser, London

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