Dotterel – records

Charadrius morinellus – HUTAN Y MYNYDDPassage migrant

Previous records are summarised in Dotterel 2012

2012 – The only record involved a single juvenile at Dale airfield on 9 Sept

2014 – Three on Dale Airfield on 2 Sept, then a single bird flew over Martin’s Haven on 14 Sept, at least one bird on Skokholm on 21 Sept and finally there were three juveniles at Dale Airfield on 4 Oct

2015 – One at St. Davids Head on 15th Sept was the only record received

2016 – Only record was of 12 at Marloes Mere & Skomer on 6th May

2018 – One at West Hook Farm, Marloes 5th May was the only record

2019 – The only records were of singles on Plumstone Mountain 19 – 20 Sept and on Dale Airfield 21 – 28 Sept

Source – Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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Dotterel – 2012

Charadrius morinellus – HUTAN Y MYNYDDScarce visitor. Not recorded from November to March or in June and July

The Dotterel breeds on extensive open flat uplands, mountain ridges and plateaux, with sparse vegetation of moss, short grass or lichens and bare patches of rock, in tundra and alpine zones across the northern Palearctic, as far south as the highest mountains in Scotland. Winter quarters are in the semi-arid belt of the Middle East and North Africa, with a few in Spain.

Mathew (1894) recorded one Dotterel, Lockley et al (1949) none and Donovan and Rees (1994) noted occurrences on seven occasions in spring and on 21 in autumn.

In Pembrokeshire, Dotterels have been found in open treeless areas with bare ground interspersed with short heavily grazed or saline vegetation, or heathland, or on fallow or newly ploughed agricultural land. Localities were on the islands of Skokholm, Skomer and Ramsey, in coastal areas at St Govan’s Head, Castle Martin ranges, Dale, St Ann’s Head, Kete, Dale airfield and St David’s airfield and inland at Plumstone Mountain, “Preseli Top” (Foel Eryr), Foel Cwmcerwyn and Dinas Mountain (Bedd Morris).  

Autumn Passage

Dotterels were recorded between the 19th August and the 27th October on 47 occasions from 1984 to 2012. The majority were seen in September.

Most records involved single birds but two together were seen on seven occasions, three were at Ramsey on the 21st August 1981 and 21st – 23rd September 1993, with four at the Castlemartin ranges on the 23rd September 1999. The majority were specified by the observers as being juvenile birds.

A very late Dotterel was seen associating with Golden Plovers at the Castlemartin ranges on the 13th December 1998.

Spring Passage

Spring records span from the 18th April and the 4th June. Apart from the Dotterel shot at Castlemartin in the spring of 1888 recorded by Mathew (1894), single birds were noted in a further six years up until 2012. However “trips” of four were recorded at Foel Eryr (Preseli Top) on the 8th May 1981, five at Skokholm on the 7th May 1960, seven at St Ann’s Head on the 7th May 1995 (two remaining until the 8th), seven at St Davids airfield on the 7th May 2000, 11 at Skomer on the 15th May 1991 and 15 at Dinas Mountain (Bedd Morris) on the 16th May 1991 (four remaining until the 20th). At least two of these “trips” occurred during periods of low cloud and poor visibility.   

Graham Rees (County bird recorder 1981 to 2007)

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Dotterel – 1994

Charadrius morinellus – HUTAN Y MYNYDDScarce visitor. Not recorded from November to March or in June and July

Mathew (1894) recorded one Dotterel shot at Castle Martin in the spring of 1888. The next sighting was of a group or trip of five at Skokholm on 7 May 1960, and further spring records were one at Skomer on 7 May 1976, four on Preseli Top on 8 May 1981, 11 at Skomer on 15 May 1991, a group of 15 at Dinas Mountain on 16 May 1991 ( which had gradually reduced to four when last recorded on 19 May) and one at Skomer on 28 April 1992.

Seventeen single juveniles were recorded between 25 August and 16 October from 1964 to 1992, at Skokholm, Skomer, Ramsey, St Govan’s Head, the Gann and Dale Airfield, with two at Skokholm on 17 September 1974 and three at Ramsey on 21 August 1981. There is just one autumn inland record, a single bird at Foel Cwmcerwyn on 23 September 1973.

Donovan J.W. & Rees G.H, 1994, Birds of Pembrokeshire

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Dotterel – 1894

Eudromias morinellus

A passing migrant in the spring and autumn.

This species is very rarely seen in Pembrokeshire. We are indebted to the Rev. Clennell Wilkinson, rector of Castle Martin, for the information that one was shot in his parish in the spring of 1888. It is not in Mr. Mathias’ list, or in the one we have received from Sir Hugh Owen.

Mathew M.A. 1894, Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands

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Dotterel

Charadrius morinellus – HUTAN Y MYNYDDScarce visitor. Not recorded from November to March or in June and July

Dotterel – records

Charadrius morinellus – HUTAN Y MYNYDD – Passage migrant Previous records are summarised in Dotterel 2012 2012 – The only record involved a single juvenile at Dale airfield on 9 Sept 2014 – Three on Dale Airfield on 2 Sept, then a single bird flew over Martin’s Haven on 14 Sept, at least one bird […]

Dotterel – 2012

Charadrius morinellus – HUTAN Y MYNYDD – Scarce visitor. Not recorded from November to March or in June and July The Dotterel breeds on extensive open flat uplands, mountain ridges and plateaux, with sparse vegetation of moss, short grass or lichens and bare patches of rock, in tundra and alpine zones across the northern Palearctic, […]

Dotterel – 1994

Charadrius morinellus – HUTAN Y MYNYDD – Scarce visitor. Not recorded from November to March or in June and July Mathew (1894) recorded one Dotterel shot at Castle Martin in the spring of 1888. The next sighting was of a group or trip of five at Skokholm on 7 May 1960, and further spring records […]

Dotterel – 1949

Species account from the Birds of Pembrokeshire, 1949, by Lockley, Ingram and Salmon.

Dotterel – 1894

Eudromias morinellus A passing migrant in the spring and autumn. This species is very rarely seen in Pembrokeshire. We are indebted to the Rev. Clennell Wilkinson, rector of Castle Martin, for the information that one was shot in his parish in the spring of 1888. It is not in Mr. Mathias’ list, or in the one we have received […]