Glossy Ibis – Records

Plegadis falcinellusCrymanbig DuVagrant

1976 – Gann, 20 August

1996 – What was presumably the same bird was at the Gann 15 June (DPD), Marloes Mere 15-16 June (MC, KJSD) and Skokholm 19 June (GT)

2009 – Single juvenile was present on the Teifi Estuary and viewed in Pembs on 13, 15 and 18 Sept (HT, WJ, DJ, JG, RD).  Also on 18 Sept a flock moving south down the West Wales coast first seen at Bardsey Island Gwynedd was picked up flying over St Dogmaels (WJ) and a short time later over Newport (SB), on both occasions it contained 9 birds.  Finally a single bird reported near Mathry on 14 Nov (N Walton).

2012 – The first record for the year was two flying over Westfield Pill on 12th Jan (AH), two near Whitesands the following day, then at Marloes Mere three birds were found on or around the  18th Jan &  reported almost daily until 12th May when another bird joined them. The four were last reported on 9th June when the number reduced to one although at some period they had spent a few days in Ireland. A single bird was then reported until the end of the year although presumed as the bird seen on Skokholm on 8th July.  The two that were seen at the Dowrog from 22nd Jan roosted on St.David’s Airfield & were last seen on 31st of the same month. One was at Walwyn’s Castle 28th – 31st Jan (D & L Bowen, P. Lewis).

In the South of the county 23 birds were in the Carew Cheriton area & toured various sites between 28th Jan & 14th Feb (only four) with smaller numbers seen at other sites that were presumably part of that flock.

see Glossy Ibis – 2012 for more details of this large influx

2013 – A single bird was present from 2012 at Marloes Mere until 20th Aug. (DG et al). Another single was reported from St.Florence on 10th Dec (RC).  

2015 – A single bird photographed in flight at the Teifi Marshes on 29th Dec was the only record (GR).

2016 – A single bird from 18th to 20th Aug at Pembroke Castle Millpond was the only record (R. Kellett et al). 

2020 – A group of seven at the Gann 10 Sept, with two remaining the following day (DJA et al) and one over Pencaran Campsite, St. Davids on 21 Sept (J & M B).

Source: Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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Glossy Ibis – 2012

Plegadis falcinellusCrymanbig DuVagrant

Rare but 12 records since 2000. 

This includes a flock of 23 between 28th January and 4th February 2012 that toured various site in the Carew Cheriton/Milton/Sageston area. They roosted near Carew River. Smaller numbers at other sites that year may have been part of the same flock? Source: Pembrokeshire Bird report, 2012.

Pembrokeshire Neyland, two, 12 January (A. Hansen), presumed same St Davids Head, 13 January to 1 February, (M. Young-Powell et al.).

Sageston, 14 January, (M. Arnold per Pembrokeshire Recorder). Marloes Mere, three, 18 January to 12 May, then four on 13 May to 9 June, one from 10 June into 2013, (M. Howe et al. per Pembrokeshire Recorder). Carew, 23, 28 January to 14 February (R. Ellis et al.). Walwyn’s Castle, 28–31 January. & L. Bowen, P. Lewis). Source – British Birds Rarity Committee report 2012

NB at least 126 glossy ibises arrived in Britain at this time. Some had been ringed in the Doñana National Park in southern Spain. Their arrival coincided with very dry (drought) conditions in Spain and other parts of southern Europe which possibly contributed to their dispersal away from usual/regular wintering areas.

Background info from the British Birds Rarity Committee report 2012:

In the 1970s, the Glossy Ibis bred no closer than the Balkans, having become extinct in the Iberian Peninsula at the beginning of the twentieth century. Breeding occurred in Italy and Sardinia during the 1980s and was followed a decade later by re-establishment of breeding colonies in the Doñana National Park in southwest Spain, and the Ebro Delta in northeast Spain in 1996. The Doñana colony increased rapidly to become the largest in western Europe, holding more than 3,500 pairs in 2007 and about 5,300 pairs in 2010 (Toral et al. 2012), although there was no breeding there in 1999 and 2005 owing to severe droughts (Santoro et al. 2010).

Expansion into the Camargue in southern France began in 2006, where the population has also increased rapidly. Some 7,000 pairs nested in Doñana in 2011 but another drought in 2012 resulted in just a few colonies remaining, the largest of which held no more than 30 pairs (Ausden et al. 2013). These periodic droughts trigger dispersal from breeding colonies and may be responsible for the recent influxes in Britain, although not all coincide with drought years. Perhaps the earlier droughts have established a regular post-breeding dispersal to the northwest, and these annual influxes are now something we can continue to look forward to.

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Glossy Ibis – 1894

Plegadis falcinellus

An occasional visitor; very rare; only one instance. Mr. Tracy mentions a Glossy Ibis, a fine adult, that was shot at Slebech, in the autumn of 1834, and was in the possession of the gamekeeper. Mr. Thomas Hall, birdstuffer, of London Wall, in the Zoologist for 1858, mentions another that was killed so near to the borders of the county as Laugharne Marsh. This was on April 19 in that year.

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

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Glossy Ibis – Records

Plegadis falcinellus – Crymanbig Du – Vagrant 1976 – Gann, 20 August 1996 – What was presumably the same bird was at the Gann 15 June (DPD), Marloes Mere 15-16 June (MC, KJSD) and Skokholm 19 June (GT) 2009 – Single juvenile was present on the Teifi Estuary and viewed in Pembs on 13, 15 and […]

Glossy Ibis – 2012

Plegadis falcinellus – Crymanbig Du – Vagrant Rare but 12 records since 2000.  This includes a flock of 23 between 28th January and 4th February 2012 that toured various site in the Carew Cheriton/Milton/Sageston area. They roosted near Carew River. Smaller numbers at other sites that year may have been part of the same flock? Source: […]

Glossy Ibis – 1994

Plegadis falcinellus – Crymanbig Du – Vagrant Single birds have been recorded as follows: shot at Slebech in autumn 1834 (Mathew 1894), picked up exhausted at Tenby on 23 October 1917 (Lockley et al. 1949) and seen at the Gann on 20 August 1976 (R. Warr). Donovan J.W. & Rees G.H, 1994, Birds of Pembrokeshire More about the Glossy […]

Glossy Ibis – 1949

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

Glossy Ibis – 1894

Species account from the 1894 ‘Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands’ by Rev M A Mathew