Ortolan Bunting – records

Emberiza hortulanaBras y GerddiScarce visitor

Earlier records are summarised in Ortolan Bunting 1994

1992 – Singles were at Skomer On 11 and 12 Sept, Skokholm 16th, 17th, 23rd. 25th and 28th — 30th Sept. (probably 2 birds involved) and Strumble Head 12 and 16 Oct.

1994 – 3 Skokholm 2 Sept

1995 – Singles Skokholm male 11 May, and juv 15 Sept; male Skomer 24 May.

1997 – 21 September, Ramsey (source – Welsh Bird Report)

1998 – Singles Skomer 20 Sept (SS et al). Skokholm 20 & 30 Sept (GT et al) and Strumble Head 25 Sept (GJW et al).

1999 – One Strumble Head 6 and 12 Oct (GHR) (not submitted to WBRC)

2002– Singles Ramsey 3 Sept (SA), Skomer 4, 14 & 16 Sept (JGB), Skokholm 12 Sept, with 4 at latter 13 Sept (GT).

2003 – Two records Skokholm, a flyover Ad 5 Sept and 1st W 21 Sept (GT). A single Ramsey also 21 Sept (SA). (Ramsey record not submitted to WBRC)

2010 – A single found on a visit to Skokholm on 15th Nov (PJ)

2012 – A single bird at Pencarnan on 8th Sept. (J&M B).

2014 – A single bird on Skomer on 2nd Sept (JWM) and possibly the same bird on Skokholm on 4th Sept (RB, GE) then another single on Skomer on 10th Sept. (JWM).

2015 – A single bird on Skokholm on 20th May was the only record (RDB)

2016 – A single on Skokholm on 16th Aug (GE, RDB et al) and one on Skomer 8th Sept (ES et al)

2018 – Single in a garden at Llanfyrnach on 6th Oct (JD), photo below, was the only accepted record.

2019 – One on Skomer 16 May.

Source – Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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Ortolan Bunting – 2016 Skokholm

Emberiza hortulanaBras y GerddiScarce visitor

Scarce – 51 previous records of 68 birds over 77 dates, with a maximum of four but only 7 in spring

Earliest 29th April (1987) Latest 15th November (2010)

A vocal bird on and around Home Meadow on the 17th was the first August record since 25th August 1975 and the earliest autumn record to date (GE, RDB et al.); the five other August birds occurred on either the 27th or 28th in 1970, 1966, 1959, 1957 and 1947. This was the third consecutive year with a sighting, the other observations this decade coming on 20th May 2015, 4th September 2014 and 15th November 2010. The majority of previous records have occurred in September.

Source – Skokhom Annual Report 2016

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Ortolan Bunting – 1994

Emberiza hortulanaBras y GerddiScarce visitor

The first recorded Ortolan Bunting in Pembrokeshire was at Skokholm on 2 June 1931, according to Lockley et al. (1949) who also noted occurrences of single birds at Skokholm on 11 September 1936,19 May 1938 and 26 August 1947, with one at Skomer on 7 September 1946 and three at Ramsey from 18 to 21 September 1941. Subsequently up to five have been recorded in 29 years between 19 May and 23 June and between 22 August and 16 October. They have been seen more frequently in the autumn than the spring. Most were at Skokholm (about 42 birds), but birds have been recorded 11 times at Skomer, three times at Strumble Head, twice at Mathry and the Smalls and once at Martin’s Haven, Ramsey and Solva.

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

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Ortolan Bunting

Emberiza hortulanaBras y GerddiScarce visitor

Ortolan Bunting – records

Emberiza hortulana – Bras y Gerddi – Scarce visitor Earlier records are summarised in Ortolan Bunting 1994 1992 – Singles were at Skomer On 11 and 12 Sept, Skokholm 16th, 17th, 23rd. 25th and 28th — 30th Sept. (probably 2 birds involved) and Strumble Head 12 and 16 Oct. 1994 – 3 Skokholm 2 Sept […]

Ortolan Bunting – 2016 Skokholm

Emberiza hortulana – Bras y Gerddi – Scarce visitor Scarce – 51 previous records of 68 birds over 77 dates, with a maximum of four but only 7 in spring Earliest 29th April (1987) Latest 15th November (2010) A vocal bird on and around Home Meadow on the 17th was the first August record since […]

Ortolan Bunting – 1994

Emberiza hortulana – Bras y Gerddi – Scarce visitor The first recorded Ortolan Bunting in Pembrokeshire was at Skokholm on 2 June 1931, according to Lockley et al. (1949) who also noted occurrences of single birds at Skokholm on 11 September 1936,19 May 1938 and 26 August 1947, with one at Skomer on 7 September 1946 and […]