Wood Sandpiper – records

Tringa glareolaPibydd y GraeanScarce passage migrant

Earlier records are summarised in Wood Sandpiper 1994

1994 – Singles Skokholm 2 – 7 May, 3 July, 3 Aug and Treleddyd Fawr 22 July.

1995 – Singles Ramsey 26 July, Skomer 2-5 Aug and Skokholm 25 July, 4,8, 17 and 18 Aug.

1996 – Singles Nevern Est 8 – 11 Aug; Skomer 13 Aug, 19 – 26 Aug, and 8 – 9 Sept, Skokholm 9 – 10 Sept; and Dale Airfield 20 Sept.

1997 – Singles Skomer 2 May, 4 and 31 Aug and 3 Sept; and Gann 15 – 17 Aug.

1999 – Singles Westfield Pill 6-14 Aug, Dowrog Pools 15 Aug, Skomer 24-26 Aug and Nevern Est 26 Sept.

2000 – Singles Westfield Pill 24 Aug,  juv Newgale Marsh 28 – 30 Sept. Singles Skokholm 19 & 23 July, then 2 juvs on 22 – 24 Aug.

2001 – Singles, Skokholm 1 Aug and Teifi Est 2 Sept.

2002 – Single, Westfield Pill 14 Sept (AJH).

2003 – A single recorded at Pembroke MP from 12 to 26 Aug (PKG et al). Single Skokholm 9 Aug (GT).

2004 – Single, Nevern Est 11 Aug (GJW)

2005 – Single, Castlemartin Corse, 20 Sept (MS)

2006 – One, North Pond, Skomer 25 Aug.

2008 – The only records received were of singles at West Williamston on 31 Aug (PJ) and on Skomer on 5 Sept (DB)

2012 – The only record was of one in Fishguard Harbour on 16th Aug.

2013 – Singles were at Teifi Marshes on 21st July and at Dale on 24th Aug, with another (or possibly the same) in the Marloes area on 25th Aug.  Finally, two birds flew over Pen Anglas on 26th Aug.

2014 – Only four records this year, singles: at Marloes Mere 14th & 24th May and on Skokholm on 22nd May and then on return passage on Skomer on 25th July.

2015 – All reports were of single birds on autumn passage in August: at Skokholm & Marloes Mere on 7th, two on Skomer on 11th, at Marloes Mere on the 12th, at The Gann on 13th, two on Skokholm on 23rd and finally another on the 30th Aug.

2016 – The only record was of a single on Skokholm 9th – 14th Aug

2017 – A single on Skomer 5th – 8th May, another 4th Aug and one on Skokholm on 17 – 20th Aug,

A juvenile found at North Pond on 17th August was relocated at South Pond the following day (GE et al.). It was back at North Pond on the evening of the 18th, commuted between the two ponds on the 19th and spent the day at South Pond on the 20th. This was the third consecutive August with a Skokholm record, following a single between the 9th and 14th in 2016 and one on the 7th, two on the 23rd and one on the 30th in 2015. A single at North Pond on 22nd May 2014 means that there have now been records in four consecutive years, a regularity of occurrence which has not previously been recorded here; there were sightings in the three consecutive years between 1994 and 1996, 1971 and 1973 and 1962 and 1964. There have now been approximately 48 records totalling at least 53 individuals and with birds logged on 91 dates, all in 28 of 86 recording years. Skokholm Annual Report 2017

2018 – Singles on Skokholm 26th July and at Marloes Mere 12th Aug were the only records

2019 – The only records were of singles on Skokholm 23 June & 13 Sept and at the Teifi Marshes 6 – 8 Aug.

2020 – The only records were of singles: Skokholm 20 July, at the Gann 27 July & 14 Sept, over Pencarnan Camp, St. Davids 13 Aug, Westfield Pill 16 Aug and on Dale Airfield 30 Aug.

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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Wood Sandpiper – 1994

Tringa glareolaPibydd y GraeanScarce passage migrant

Mathew (1894) recorded a Wood Sandpiper at Stone Hall (Welsh Hook) in spring, the next being reported in 1955 when single birds were seen at Skokholm from 10-20 August and at Little Milford on 11 August.

Since then it has proved to be a scarce migrant more frequently seen in the autumn than the spring, having been recorded in 22 autumns and 11 springs. No more than two have occurred, between 17 April and 5 June and between 2 July and 8 October. Most records are from coastal areas, mainly Skokholm, Skomer and the Gann, but inland occurrences have been noted at Hilton Court, Croesgoch, Stone Hall, Rosebush reservoir, Letterston and Ffynnonnau.

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

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Wood Sandpiper – 1894

Totanus glareola – A passing migrant in the spring and autumn; very rare.

Somewhat smaller than the Green Sandpiper, and to be known from that bird by the more slender bands of black drawn across the white tail, this species is only occasionally seen as a chance visitor in the British Isles. It is not included in any list of Pembrokeshire birds that we know of.

We came upon a Sandpiper one day in the spring of 1886, that rose close at our feet by the side of one of the small ponds at Stone Hall, and, being very well acquainted with the Wood Sandpiper, we were both surprised and pleased to identify the stranger, and are thus able to add it to the County List of Birds.

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

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Wood Sandpiper

Tringa glareolaPibydd y GraeanScarce passage migrant

Wood Sandpiper – records

Tringa glareola – Pibydd y Graean – Scarce passage migrant Earlier records are summarised in Wood Sandpiper 1994 1994 – Singles Skokholm 2 – 7 May, 3 July, 3 Aug and Treleddyd Fawr 22 July. 1995 – Singles Ramsey 26 July, Skomer 2-5 Aug and Skokholm 25 July, 4,8, 17 and 18 Aug. 1996 – […]

Wood Sandpiper – 1994

Tringa glareola – Pibydd y Graean – Scarce passage migrant Mathew (1894) recorded a Wood Sandpiper at Stone Hall (Welsh Hook) in spring, the next being reported in 1955 when single birds were seen at Skokholm from 10-20 August and at Little Milford on 11 August. Since then it has proved to be a scarce […]

Wood Sandpiper – 1894

Totanus glareola – A passing migrant in the spring and autumn; very rare. Somewhat smaller than the Green Sandpiper, and to be known from that bird by the more slender bands of black drawn across the white tail, this species is only occasionally seen as a chance visitor in the British Isles. It is not included in any list of Pembrokeshire birds […]