Osprey – 2020

Pandion haliaetus – GWALCH Y PYSGOD – Scarce passage migrant.

Previous records are summarised in Osprey 2006

Records

The table below summarises records (number of birds reported each month) since 2007. The annual totals and monthly pattern of records are consistent with those recorded between 1988 and 2006. The majority of records are from the Cleddau Estuary, with most of the rest from the islands, and the Nevern and Teifi estuaries.

YearJFMAMJJASONDTotal
2007   1     2  3
2008   22   4   8
2009   3   11   5
2010   2311     7
2011     1121   4
2012  13  122   9
2013  12  121   7
2014  11   451  12
2015  141  13   10
2016   21  23   8
2017   11  22   6
2018   21  11   5
2019   3  111   6

In 2010 and 2011 one or possibly two birds summered on the Cleddau estuary.  It is not certain whether any attempt was made to breed.  A juvenile was seen in the same area from August 2011 onwards, but this may have been a passage bird from other breeding sites in Wales.

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

Movements

A colour-ringed bird was seen and frequently photographed (top photo) at the Gann from 5 – 29 September 2020. The colour-ring number has been confirmed as 422 (white numbers, blue ring). This was a juvenile male, ringed at a nest near Elgin, Moray, on 10th July by Roy Dennis and Ian Perks.

Information from the Pembrokeshire Bird Blog

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Long-tailed Duck – records

Clangula hyemalisHwyaden Gynffon-hirWinter visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded in August and September

Previous records of long-tailed ducks are summarised in Long-tailed Duck -2011

  • 2012 – 1 female at Bosherston on the 10-15th November
  • 2012 – 1 female from 5th December into 2013 off Wiseman’s Bridge (possibly same as above).
  • 2013 – 1 female Wiseman’s Bridge 4 Jan – 27 March (same as above)
  • 2013 – 1 drake Haroldston – 23 Feb (DJA)
  • 2014 – 1 imm Bosherston 23 Nov – Dec 30
  • 2016 – 1 Skomer 20 October
  • 2016 – 1  Gann 20 Nov (Gary ?)
  • 2016 – 1 1st winter drake, Coppet Hall – Wiseman’s Bridge – 22-24 Dec (Toby Phelps)
  • 2016 – 1 Pen Caer – mid Dec.
  • 2017 – 1 female Pen Caer – 4 Jan (first seen two weeks ago) to 3rd March (RD) (same as above)
  • 2019 – 1 Pembroke Castle Pond 1-3 Nov
  • 2019 – 1 Llys-y-fran 8 Nov
  • 2019 – 1 Skokholm – 2 on 2nd Dec (3rd Skokholm record)
  • 2019 – 2 Broad Haven, pair amongst the scoter flock, 2nd Dec to end of year (probably same as above)
  • 2020 – up to two off Broad Haven (N) 1 Jan – 22 Mar,
  • 2020 – one off St. Brides 11 Sept,
  • 2020 – a female Fishguard Harbour 19 Nov – end of the year
  • 2020 – a female off Amroth 23 Dec

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Sightings Blog and the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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Bonaparte's Gull at the Gann, (c) Brian Southern

Bonaparte’s Gull – 2018

Chroicocephalus philadelphiaGwylan Bonaparte – Vagrant

One at the Gann, 4th and 5th November

As Mr Astins thought it may be possible to see the Swift from the main land. I went to St Anne’s he went to Martins Haven. On my way back having had very horrible views of Skokholm in the poor visibility, I thought I would scan the gulls on the Gann. Picked out a Bonaparte’s gull in with the gulls opposite Crab Hall. As always wanted, confirmation from someone, so met up with DA at Martins Haven, where I showed him photos and video. He Confirmed it. Posted by Peter Howe at 5:40 pm

Then about 4.20pm I picked the bird up in a small roost forming maybe 150m offshore.  Too far for any decent photographs, but my poor efforts show some of the key features – smaller size, darker, dark bill & grey shawl along the neck sides.  I was also able to see the pale under primaries whilst it preened, and when the whole flock flew further out to sea the more buoyant flight with faster wingbeats were quite obvious.  This is only Pembrokeshire’s 4th Bonaparte’s, after birds at Solva in Spring 1888, and Strumble Head on 28th September 1997 and 16th-20th October 2012.  Be nice if it stays around. Posted by Dave A at 6:13 pm

The adult Bonaparte’s Gull still present at The Gann estuary this morning. On the shoreline feeding with Black-headed Gulls –  very mobile. (James Roden 5/11/2018)

Excerpts from the Pembrokeshire Bird Blog

Welsh Bird Report 2018 – 2nd CY+

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