Velvet Scoter – records

Melanitta fusca – MOR-HWYADEN GOGLEDD – Winter visitor.

Previous records are summarised in Velvet Scoter 1994

1993Singles Strumble Head 9 Jan, 12 Jun and 20 Nov and Druidston 25 Nov, 3 Skomer 22 Oct.
19944 Amroth 30 Jan, up to 7 in that area 20 Nov – 3 1 Dec, singles Strumble Hd 2 July and Newgale 13 Nov.
1995Singles Strumble Head 1 Jan, 3 Nov and 2 Dec, 2 Newgale 2 Jan, with singles there 8 Jan and 14 Dec, singles Ramsey 22 June and Gann 18-19 Nov, 3 Amroth 12 Jan and 4 Mar, with on 15 Jan and 17 Dec.
1996Singles Fishguard Harbour 9 Feb and Amroth 14 Feb, with 14 there 27 Mar. One Strumble Head 20 Sept.
19973 Nolton 5 – 7 Jan, one Newgale 12 Feb, 4 Amroth 3 Mar, 2 Strumble Hd 15 Oct, singles there 26 Oct and 7 Nov, and at Wiseman’s Bridge 14 Dec.
19983 Broad Haven (N) 10 Jan, up to 4 Newgale 26 Jan – 15 Feb, up to 6 Amroth 15-22 March. Singles Strumble Head 26 Sept & 14 Nov. 2 on 4 Nov. 2 Druidston 6 Dec, 2 Amroth 13 Dec and 2 Broad Haven (N) 20 – 21 Dec.
19991-5 Amroth 6-30 Jan, one there 18 & 21 Nov (TJP et al), 1-2 Broad Haven (N) 11-21 Jan (KJSD et al), one Strumble Head 17 Jan (SB).
20004 Strumble Head 15 Oct (GHR).
2001Male Amroth 17 Feb (GHR) and female 25 Feb (DSB), one Strumble Head 10 Nov and 7 on 13 Dec (SEB).
2002Variably 4-9 Nolton/Newgale 15 Feb – 14 Mar, singles Strumble Head 3 & 10 Nov, 5 Broad Haven (N) 29 Nov – 31 Dec.
20035 Broad Haven (N) 5 Jan, 9 there 24 Jan – 12 Feb, 8 on 14 & 15 Feb, 12 on 5 Dec, then 7 from 6 – 29 Dec. One Amroth 2 Jan, 2 Strumble Head 30 Nov.
20046 Broad Haven (N) 2 Jan, one there 25 Jan, one Strumble Head 18 Jan, 2 on 15 Feb,3 on 24 Oct and 2 on 25 Oct.
2005Singles Newgale 13 Jan & 15 Feb, Manorbier 10 Nov, Angle Bay 20 Nov, Newgale 26 & 27 Nov, 2 at latter 24 & 25 Dec, one St Davids Head 26 Dec.
2006One Newgale 2 – 6 Jan, with 2 there 3 Jan, one Skomer 29 Mar, 2 Strumble Head 8 Dec.
2007All records were: a male passing off Strumble Head on 12 Sept., three males there on 18 Nov. and two males on 10th Dec, (SEB, AR, CBu). Five off Broad Haven (N) on 18th & 19th Dec., reducing to three by the 23rd (TJP, PKG, KJSD).
2008The only records were of 5 off Broad Haven North from 2nd until 6th Jan. (LL. DJA).
2009All records were in St. Bride’s Bay off Broad Haven (N). There were two on 21 Feb, increasing to nine on 19 March which then reduced to two again by the 21st. Later in the year another two were recorded at the same site from 17 to 21 Dec. Elsewhere one passed Strumble Head on 9 Sept and three males passed by on 11 Oct and three were off Pen Anglas on 30 Nov.
2010All records were from St. Brides Bay with two at Broad Haven on 10 Jan and one at Newgale on 30 Jan & 1 Feb. Then at the other end of the year, three at Broad Haven on 19 Nov rising to eight by 21st, dropping to two from 24 Dec with just 1 remaining by the 31st.
2011All records were from Broad Haven (N) where there was a pair from 3 to 9 Jan then a female reported on 20 Nov & 1 Dec at the same site.
2012A 1st winter male at Broad Haven (N) on 26 Feb, a female at the same site from 23 – 30 Nov & three females Wisemans Bridge on 5 Dec were the only records.
2013A single Female at Broad Haven (N) from 2 to 20 March and three off Newgale 26 Dec were the only acceptable records.
2014Single individuals were recorded at Strumble Head on 22 Sept, a male off the St. Davids Head/St. John’s Point area from 15 to 19 Nov and off Amroth on 24 Dec.  
2015The only record for the year was of three past Strumble Head on 12 Sept.
2016A single female type bird which joined the Common Scoter flock at Wiseman’s Bridge on 15 Dec was the only record for the year.
2017No records
2018Only record was of a male and two females off Amroth 24 March
2019Only records were of two in Whitesands Bay 28 Nov and singles off Skomer 5 Nov, off Skokholm 2 Dec and in St. Brides Bay off Broad Haven N on 17 Dec
2020Only records received were: off Broad Haven (N): one 12 – 21 Jan, three 23 Oct and one 6 Dec; off Wiseman’s Bridge – Coppet Hall: 27- 30 there 19 – 26 Jan, two on 3 Dec and a single 11 Dec.

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Velvet Scoter – 1994

Melanitta fusca – MOR-HWYADEN GOGLEDD – Winter visitor.

Up to eight are seen most winters in St Bride’s Bay and off Saundersfoot—Amroth, the maximum recorded being 12 off Newgale on 30 December 1988 and 14 passing Strumble Head on 21 October 1991. Also occasionally seen passing Skokholm and Skomer, it has occurred at Newport Bay, Dale Roads, the Cleddau Estuary at Hook, and on fresh water at Bosherston Pools and Slebech Pond.

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

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Velvet Scoter – 1980s winter

Melanitta fusca – MOR-HWYADEN GOGLEDD – Winter visitor.

The BTO winter atlas showed that Velvet Scoters were present in two coastal 10km squares during the winters of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84.

The darker the colour, the higher the relative total count for each 10km square.  The darkest blue represents 3-10 birds seen in a day.

They were mostly seen in association with Common Scoters.

Data collected by volunteers for the BTO. Lack, P. 1986 Atlas of wintering birds in Britain and Ireland. T & A.D. Poyser.

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Velvet Scoter – 1949

Melanitta fusca fusca

Mathew records six seen Goodwick Bay, 16 Nov 1886; one picked up on the shore at Tenby, Dec 1889; and one other of uncertain date and place. 

H.W.Evans had an immature specimen, shot in Solva harbour.  One adult male, Slebech Mill Pool, 8 Feb 1939 (H.A.Gilbert).  Seen occasionally in Dale Roads (recent records, 7 Dec 1947, 22 Jan 1948)

R.M.Lockley, G.C.S.Ingram, H.M.Salmon, 1949, The Birds of Pembrokeshire, The West Wales Field Society

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Velvet Scoter – 1894

Oedemia fusca – A rare winter visitor.

Mr. Mathias has told us of one that was brought into Tracy’s shop at Pembroke many years ago. Six were seen in Goodwick Bay on November 16, 1886, as we were informed by Sir Hugh Owen. Mr. Charles Jefferys informs us that one was picked up exhausted on the shore at Tenby, in December, 1889, and brought to him alive. This species can readily be distinguished, with glasses, at some considerable distance on the water, owing to the white speculum on the wings.

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

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Velvet Scoter

Melanitta fusca – MOR-HWYADEN GOGLEDD – Winter visitor.

Velvet Scoter – 1994

Melanitta fusca – MOR-HWYADEN GOGLEDD – Winter visitor. Up to eight are seen most winters in St Bride’s Bay and off Saundersfoot—Amroth, the maximum recorded being 12 off Newgale on 30 December 1988 and 14 passing Strumble Head on 21 October 1991. Also occasionally seen passing Skokholm and Skomer, it has occurred at Newport Bay, Dale […]

Velvet Scoter – 1980s winter

Melanitta fusca – MOR-HWYADEN GOGLEDD – Winter visitor. The BTO winter atlas showed that Velvet Scoters were present in two coastal 10km squares during the winters of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84. The darker the colour, the higher the relative total count for each 10km square.  The darkest blue represents 3-10 birds seen in a day. They were […]

Velvet Scoter – 1894

Oedemia fusca – A rare winter visitor. Mr. Mathias has told us of one that was brought into Tracy’s shop at Pembroke many years ago. Six were seen in Goodwick Bay on November 16, 1886, as we were informed by Sir Hugh Owen. Mr. Charles Jefferys informs us that one was picked up exhausted on the shore at […]