Lapland Bunting – first and last dates

Calcarius lapponicus– BRAS Y GOGLEDD – Passage migrant.

Photo – one of two Lapland Buntings which dropped in on North Plain, Skokholm on 27 March 2017. This was the first spring record since 1995, the first March record ever and only the fifth spring sighting for the Island. Richard Brown, Skokholm Blog.

YearWinter/Spring recordsAutumn migrationNotes
198114 May
198428 September
198530 Sep – 20 Oct
198715 Sep – 1 Nov26 at Strumble on 5 October
198824 Sep – 14 Nov26 at Strumble on 24 September
19895 February30 July – 2 Nov
199030 Sep – 22 Nov
199115 Sep – 23 Oct
199227 Sep – 13 Nov
199326 January 17 Sep – 19 Novup to 34 on Ramsey 10 October
199411 Sep – 5 Dec
199518 May20 Sep – 3 Nov
199620 Sep – 10 Oct
19973 Sep – 24 Oct
199824 Sep – 15 Nov
19999 Oct – 25 Oct
200019 Sep – 22 Oct
200110 Oct – 18 Oct
20021 Oct – 26 Oct
200329 Sep – 14 Oct
200415 Sep – 31 Oct
200530 January23 October
20064 – 6 February14 October
200720 May13 Sep – 12 Nov
200822 April25 Sep – 13 Nov
200926 Sep – 28 Oct
20105 Sep – 26 NovLargest influx for many years – up to 100 birds
201112 March & 7 April22 Sep – 17 Decmax count 18 on Dale Airfield 23 October
20125 Feb & 22 March29 Sep – 15 Novmax count 16 Dale Airfield 6 November
20139 Jan – 9 April1 Nov – 26 Decmax count 19 Dale Airfield 25 November
20142 Jan – 4 April1 Oct – 5 Nov
201510 Oct – 13 Dec
20167 Oct – 27 Nov
20171 Jan – 23 March9 Oct – 25 Nov
201811 March4 October
20192 Oct – 23 Nov
202018 Sep – 22 Nov

Records summarised from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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Lapland Bunting – records

Calcarius lapponicus– BRAS Y GOGLEDD – Passage migrant.

Photo – one of two Lapland Buntings which dropped in on North Plain, Skokholm on 27 March 2017. This was the first spring record since 1995, the first March record ever and only the fifth spring sighting for the Island. Richard Brown, Skokholm Blog.

Earlier records are summarised in Lapland Bunting 1994

The Lapland Bunting was recorded almost entirely as an occasional autumn migrant with up to a handful of records each year. Occasionally larger numbers were recorded, as were individuals at other times of year.

Since the Birds of Pembrokeshire was published in 1994, numbers of records have been variable, with a new county record of 34 birds on Ramsey in 1993. Another large influx occurred in 2010 with mostly small numbers being recorded at a variety of coastal locations, though there were flocks of 20 on Ramsey on 16 Oct and 16 on Skomer on the 21 Oct.

Numbers stayed relatively high for the next few winters, with increasing numbers of records over wintering birds, including 4 at Dale Airfield in January 2013, and a minimum of 10 at Marloes on 1st Jan 2017, some apparently staying throughout the month.

The table below shows the number of individuals recorded in each month, though it is always possible that some individuals were recorded in more than one place, and many more may have gone undetected.

YearJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
19934        1934 
1994        2311
1995    1   2131 
1996        15  
1997        21  
1998        122 
1999         7  
2000        76  
2001         2  
2002        8131 
2003        15  
2004        14  
20051        1  
2006 3       1  
2007    1   122 
2008   1    123 
2009        28  
2010        86524 
2011  11    8255 
2012 12     41319 
20134521    3419 
20144121    323 
2015         314
2016        2322 
201711 2      116 
2018  1      1  
201986
2020331

Records summarised from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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Lapland Bunting – 1994

Calcarius lapponicusBras y GogleddPassage migrant. Not recorded in March, April and December

The first birds recorded in Wales were two at Skokholm from 5 to 12 September 1936, followed by another one on 10 May 1948 (Lockley et al. 1949). Subsequently small numbers of Lapland Buntings have been recorded passing through Pembrokeshire in most autumns, up to five at a time being noted between 2 September and 22 November at Skokholm and Skomer and less often at headlands, including Stackpole, St Davids and Strumble. At Strumble Head 26 birds,were seen on 5 October 1987 and again on 24 September 1988.

They have been noted on the islands three times in May, once in June and July and twice in August. The only winter records are of two at Skomer on 4 February 1962 and of a party of eight at Newport on 28 January 1976.

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

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Lapland Bunting

Calcarius lapponicusBras y GogleddPassage migrant. Not recorded in March, April and December

Photo – Lapland Bunting on Skokholm, 15 October 2014 © Richard Brown

Lapland Bunting – records

Calcarius lapponicus– BRAS Y GOGLEDD – Passage migrant. Photo – one of two Lapland Buntings which dropped in on North Plain, Skokholm on 27 March 2017. This was the first spring record since 1995, the first March record ever and only the fifth spring sighting for the Island. Richard Brown, Skokholm Blog. Earlier records are summarised in […]

Lapland Bunting – 1994

Calcarius lapponicus– Bras y Gogledd – Passage migrant. Not recorded in March, April and December The first birds recorded in Wales were two at Skokholm from 5 to 12 September 1936, followed by another one on 10 May 1948 (Lockley et al. 1949). Subsequently small numbers of Lapland Buntings have been recorded passing through Pembrokeshire […]