Wilson’s Petrel – records

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Earlier records are summarised in Wilson’s Petrel 1994

1997 – Strumble Head, 5th September (C.Benson, R.H.Davies, G.H.Rees). Mainland sightings are still very rare: the Pembrokeshire record is the third from that headland, but, in Britain, St Ives, Cornwall, leads the way with seven.

1998 – Strumble Head, 11th September (C.Greyall, G.H.Rees et al.).

1999 – Single – Celtic Deep 16 Aug, with at least 3 at latter on 25 Aug (OR et al).

2000 – At sea – Sea-area Lundy, 51°31’N 05°41’W; about 41 km WSW of Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, two, 6th August, photo. (D.J.Astins, J.Bennett et al.).

2000 – At sea – Sea Area Lundy, 51°33’N 05°34’W, about 32 km SW of Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, 7th August (D.C.Palmer et al.).

2009 – There were two records this year of this much sought after visitor from the Southern Hemisphere both during August. The first was a bird seen at Strumble Head at 06.30 hours on the 1st (RS) and the other was photographed from a shark-fishing boat in the Celtic Deep on the 5th

Source – Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

More about the Wilson’s Petrel in Pembrokeshire

Wilson’s Petrel – 1994

Oceanites oceanicusPedryn-Drycin WilsonVagrant

Wilson’s Petrel is an Antarctic bird which visits the north Atlantic outside its breeding season (Cramp 1977). One seen from the Rosslare to Fishguard ferry, a few kilometres off Strumble Head, on 12 September 1980 (B.A.E. Marr, W.E. Oddie) was only the fourth record in British waters this century.

Singles were then seen at Strumble Head on 3 September 1986 (R.H. Davies, G.H. Rees, G.J. Walker) and 6 September 1990 (P. Bristow, R.H. Davies, G.H. Rees et al.). All occurred after south-west gales and as recent pelagic trips have shown that Wilson’s Petrels are regular in the south-west approaches of the British Isles in the late summer (Colston et al. 1991) it is likely others will be seen in Pembrokeshire when suitable weather conditions and season coincide.

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

COLSTON, P., ALSTROM, P., and LEWINGTON, I. 1991, A field guide to the rare birds of Britain and Europe. London, Collins

More about the Wilson’s Petrel in Pembrokeshire

Wilson’s Petrel

Oceanites oceanicusPedryn-Drycin WilsonVagrant

Wilson’s Petrel – records

Oceanites oceanicus – Pedryn-Drycin Wilson – Vagrant Earlier records are summarised in Wilson’s Petrel 1994 1997 – Strumble Head, 5th September (C.Benson, R.H.Davies, G.H.Rees). Mainland sightings are still very rare: the Pembrokeshire record is the third from that headland, but, in Britain, St Ives, Cornwall, leads the way with seven. 1998 – Strumble Head, 11th […]

Wilson’s Petrel – 1994

Oceanites oceanicus – Pedryn-Drycin Wilson – Vagrant Wilson’s Petrel is an Antarctic bird which visits the north Atlantic outside its breeding season (Cramp 1977). One seen from the Rosslare to Fishguard ferry, a few kilometres off Strumble Head, on 12 September 1980 (B.A.E. Marr, W.E. Oddie) was only the fourth record in British waters this […]