Yellow-browed Warbler – records

Phylloscopus inornatus – Telor AelfelynRare autumn visitor

Earlier records are summarised in Yellow-browed Warbler 1994

1993 – Singles Porthclais 10 Oct (DJA) and Strumble Hd 29 Oct (SB) where another showing characteristics of race Humei seen 20 Nov (SB, KJJD, GHR).

1994 – A total of 6 individuals; 2 Skokholm 8 Oct with one on the 9 Oct, singles at Strumble 9 Oct (RS et al), Porthclais 29 Oct – 2 Nov (JWD et al) and Skomer 3 Nov (CB et al).

1995 – no records

1996 – One Skomer 21 Oct

1997 – One Porthclais 19 Oct (KPG)

1998 – Singles Strumble Hd 22 Oct (SB) and Porth Clais 1 —6 Nov (JRH et al).

1999 – no records

2000 – One Marloes Mere 12-13 Oct (MJP et al); one Gann 20 Oct (GJW)

2001 – Singles, Skokholm 10 Oct, Gann 10 Oct, Porth Clais 13-21 Oct, Porthsychan 13 Oct, Martin’s Haven 14 Oct, Nine Wells 19 & 20 Oct.

2002 – One, Skomer 16 Sept (4th for the Island) (JGB)

2003 – There was a mini invasion of this delightful species into the St Davids peninsula beginning with a single on 15 Oct and peaking on 17th when at least 6 were present. The last was at Merry Vale 26 Oct. Elsewhere: singles Skokholm 14th, Strumble Hd 15th Dale Fort 19th and Skomer 22 Oct.

2004 – Two records: Skomer 12 Oct, was the sixth island record (JGB). Porth Clais 20-21 Oct (KJSD et al).

2005 – A good showing. Sixteen records in Oct and Nov as follows: 2 Rhosson Fm and Whitesands Bay 3 Oct. The first Skomer 6 Oct was followed by others on 14, 15 and 16 which were considered to be different birds. One ringed Caldey 7 Oct was seen again on 19 Nov. Further records were: Dale 8 Oct, Lower Town Fishguard 10 Oct, Haverfordwest 10 Oct, Parc Y Rhos, St Davids, Porthselau and Pencarnen 22 Oct. A final new record Orielton 1-2 Nov.

2006 – none reported

2007 – was a good year for this rare autumn visitor with a total of 11 records. The first was at Porth Clais on 4th Oct., followed singles on Skomer on the 6th, on Ramsey on the 7-8th, another on Skomer on the 11th with two others there on the 14th and one at St. Bride’s on the same day. Two were seen by ringers on Caldey the 18th and Skomer’s fifth individual was seen on 29th Oct. The last of the year was at Dale the 4th Nov.

2008 – A good year the for this magic little warbler first birds were seen at Pencarnan and Strumble Head on 22 Sept, other singles at Rhosson Farm, St. Davids on 25 Sept, at Skomer on 28 Sept, 15-16 Oct and on 25 Oct, at Whitesands and St Justinians on 25 Sept.  Two at Dale Fort on 12 Oct and singles here on 13 Oct, Grassholm 13 Oct, Porthclais 15-17 Oct and finally Marloes 15 and 17-19 Oct.

2009 – The only records this year came from Skomer where singles were seen on 27th Sept and 13th & 15th Oct.

2010 – A good autumn with single birds noted in October at Ramsey on 9th, Whitesands Hotel on 10th, at Porthclais on 10th & 16th, Skomer 12th & 15th, at Strumble Head on 14th, Dale on 31st and Hayscastle on 1st Nov. Sites with multiple records were: Trefasser a single on 12th & 14th with two there on 13th Oct, two at St. David’s on 10th and singles on 14th & 17th Oct.

2011 – Singles Pwllcrochan on 20th Oct (TJP) and Skomer on 15th-16th Oct and 3rd Nov (DB, CT).

2012 – A good autumn for this species with singles at: St. Ann’s Head on 27th Sept, Fishguard on 29th Sept, then in October: Ramsey 6th, Porth Clais 7th, St. Bride’s 12th, Skomer 14th, Mullock 19th, Nine Wells on 19th & 24th, Dale 24th, St. David’s Head on 23rd & 24th (involving two separate birds), in Martin’s Haven 23rd and two on Skomer on the same date.

2013 – A winter record of one at Dinas Cross on 5th Jan.
A good autumn for this species the first recorded at Whitesands were there were three birds on 26th Sept then two there the next day. Then a single at Porth Clais on 3rd, 4th & 11th Oct, two here on the 9th. Singles at Castle Martin and Rhossan Farm St David’s on 4th Oct, Solva on 5th Oct, Dale 13th Oct, St Florence on 11th Nov and Teifi Marshes on 25th Nov. Two (possibly three) on Skokholm on 5th Oct another on 10th Oct and two on Ramsey on 13th Oct, with a single there on 15th & 23rd, all thought to be different birds.

A bird trapped in the Wheelhouse Heligoland on 5 October was the first Skokholm record since one on 6 October 2005 (RDB). The second came from a mist net at the Well two hours later (GE). With both birds around the Farm what was probably a third bird was found at the Well but the absence of a ring could not be confirmed. A very obliging unringed bird fed among the Well Irises on 10 October (GE, RDB) and what was definitely the fourth bird of the year was trapped at the Farm on the 15th (GE). Four birds is an unprecedented Skokholm year total and was no doubt the result of prolonged easterly winds. This brings the number of Skokholm records to 21, all singles except for two birds recorded on 8 October 1994 and 5 October 2013. Skokholm Annual Report 2013

2014 – Singles on Skokholm on 28th Oct, on Skomer on 11th Oct with two there on 29th Oct, one of which remained until 2nd Nov and another was present on 11th Nov.

2015 – All records were of singles unless stated. Two different individuals at Llandilo on 1st & 10th Oct, at Whitesands and trapped at Teifi Marshes on 3rd Oct, with a different bird trapped on 9th, at Porthclais on 11th Oct and at St Brides on 31st Oct. On Skokholm singles 23rd Sept, in October 10th – 11th with a different bird on 12th, two on 13th and single on 16th. On Skomer singles 16th Sept, 23rd Sept, two on 27th with one probably remaining until 30th, two on 1st Oct, then sinlges 6th, 17th and 18th.

2016 – Single winter record a single at Monk Haven from 2nd Feb-6th March. A good autumn with birds at Pencarnan Farm between 6th-11th Oct, Valero Refinery 6th Oct, Gann on 7th Oct, Ramsey on 8th – 9th Oct, Llanychaer on 7th Oct and 2nd Nov, Strumble Head on 30th Oct and Castlemartin on 23rd Oct, Castle Hill, Tenby 18th Oct, St David’s Head 30th Oct and 31st Oct these were two different birds. On Skokholm five individuals in Oct the first appearing on 5th then 9th, 10th, 29th and 30th some of these were present for more than one day. On Skomer, ten birds recorded, 21st – 22nd Sept, two 5th Oct, four on 11th, two on 11th, two on 12th, with one remaining until 14th, a new bird on 21st and another on 22nd – 23rd, with one remaining until 25th, finally one 29th – 30th.

2017Winter records of singles at Mullock Bridge on 8th Jan and at Hook on 22nd Dec. In autumn singles at Llandilo on 28th Sept, Gann & Porthclais on 5th Oct, in Haverfordwest on 7th Oct and at St. Brides 27th Oct. On Skomer a total of six individuals recorded, first on 8th – 9th Oct, two on 18th, singles 26th & 29th and 14th – 15th Nov. On Skokholm, singles in October on 5th, 9th, another on 10th – 12th and finally one 29th – 30th. Only record of more than one was of two at Porthclais on 18th Oct.

2018 – Mainland singles Pencarnan Camp & St. Davids Head and 29th Sept, St. Brides 16th & 17th Oct and two Porth Clais 19th Oct. On Skomer on 29th Sept, 16th Oct, two on 18th, one on 19th and two on 20th Oct. On Skokholm on 14th Oct with a different bird there the next day.

2019 – One at Cwm yr Eglwys 3 Feb was an unusual record, presumably had remained hidden since the previous autumn. Otherwise autumn records were of singles on Ramsey 18 Sept, Skokholm 6 Oct and a total of three individuals on Skomer, singles 15 & 19 Oct and 13 Nov. The only mainland record was from Caerfarchell 16 Oct.

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Hawfinch – records

Coccothraustes coccothraustes – GYLFINBRAFF – rare visitor. Not recorded in February and March

Photo above (c) Richard Brown – one of four hawfinches on Skokholm in 2017. This doubled the number of hawfinches that had ever been recorded on the island.

Earlier records summarised in Hawfinch 1994

1993 – one in an Eglwyswrw garden 12 Nov (MS)

1994 – Two records of this elusive bird: singles Teifi Marshes 13 June and on the coastal path at Carregwasted 7 Sept

1996 – One Haverfordwest 7 Oct (HGE)

1997 – One Porthclais 18 Oct (DJA, RWW et al)

1998 – 2 Skomer 14 June (SS et al)

2005 – Two records: A male Pembroke 19 Oct (PKG) and one Skomer 26 Oct (JGB), this being the fourth island record

2008 – Single St Nicholas on 19 Nov (G.McM) was the only record.

2012 – One on Skomer on 24 April (DB).

2013 – A female in the farmhouse garden, Ramsey on 12 April was a new bird for the island.

2017 – A series of autumn records, part of an exceptional influx into the UK.

  • One at Skomer on 14th October;
  • One at St. Brides on 15th October;
  • Four on Skokholm between 15th October and 7th November
  • One at Redberth on 18th October;
  • 10 at Porthclais on 30th October;
  • A male at Sealyham on 3rd November.

Skokholm: The easterly airflow brought about by Storm Ophelia transported remarkable numbers of Hawfinch into Britain and produced an unprecedented sequence of records on Skokholm. The first was a female found late on the evening of 15th October at the Well; it was still present the following morning (RDB, GE). A first-winter female in Crab Bay on 23rd October later moved to the Cottage Garden where it was trapped and ringed (RDB, GE). A third bird briefly alighted in the Courtyard on 31st October (GE, RDB) and the last of the year headed east over Crab Bay and South Haven on 7th November (GE). Skokholm Annual Report 2017

2018 – One was photographed feeding in a garden near Lodge Park Stackpole on 9th July 2018.

Source: Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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White-fronted Goose – colour-marked birds

Anser albifrons – GWYDD DALCEN-WEN – Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant

All records relate to birds of the Greenland race A.a. flavirostris: seven at Marloes Mere 26th Oct, presumably the same as at Dale Airfield 29th Oct, one of which was sporting a neck collar CDZ – put on at Wexford in March 2003. 14 at Trevine Common 26th Oct – 16th Nov.

The above records from the Pembrokeshire Bird Report 2018

Tony Fox (Greenland White-fronted Goose Study) confirmed the bird at the airfield was CDZ, as seen by Brian and Paul G on Sunday. Tony gave a bit more of his biography and sightings:

This was first autumn male we caught at a place called Hvanneyri in west Iceland on 23 September 2017.  This site is the home of the Agricultural University of Iceland where they maintain a large area of hayfields adjacent to natural wetlands which are a magnet for the White-fronted Geese in both spring and autumn when they pass through.  We are not entirely sure of his parents, as he associated with two other collared individuals V3Y and a bird fitted with a telemetry collar (both adult females when they were caught in the same catch), as well as a unmarked adult that obviously escaped capture on that occasion whilst in Iceland following capture.  You will see on the attached list of all resightings of marked Greenland White-fronted Geese away from Wexford (where the vast majority are marked and resighted) your bird wintered last year on Wexford Slobs (as do many of the geese that stage in Hvanneyri), where it was also seen with the same marked/unmarked associates.  Interestingly, CDZ was not seen at Hvanneyri this autumn, which is somewhat unusual, since as well as being incredibly site loyal to their winter quarters, these geese also tend to use the same spring and autumn staging areas in successive seasons. Andrew Simms, Pembs Bird Blog

Skokholm 2014 – colour-marked bird – A vocal White-fronted Goose which headed west over the Farm on 10th November was the first record since 16 on 14th March and 12th April 2010 (RDB). Distant views of a departing goose would not usually lead to sub-specific identification, but close inspection of a distant photograph revealed an orange neck collar and white darvic ring. Although the inscriptions which would have identified the individual were illegible at such a range, the combination of collar and ring show this to be one of over 2600 birds ringed in Greenland (T. Fox pers. comm.). The two subspecies of White-fronted Goose to occur in Wales have both been recorded on Skokholm, although where sub-specific identification has been possible it is Greenland White-fronted Goose A. a. flavirostris which has proven commonest. Skokholm Bird Report 2014

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Little Ringed Plover – records

Charadrius dubius – CWTIAD TORCHOG BACH – Rare visitor

1949 – Gann Estuary, Dale 16 May – first record Pembrokeshire and for S Wales

Fifteen earlier records summarised in Little Ringed Plover – 1994 

1993 – Singles Teifi Marshes 30 March and Gann 24 April

1995 – Singles Skomer 11 May and Gann 18 July (TJP).  Two birds recorded on the cleddau in June may have attempted to breed (DK); unfortunately on a tidal stretch.  Taking into account what has happened in the neighbouring county of Carmarthenshire, this may be a forerunner of things to come.

1996 – One Nevern Est 10-11 May (CB)

1997 – One Penally 11-12 April (DG)

1999 – One Pembroke M P 18 May (JH)

2001 – One, North Pond, Skokholm 12 – 19 May; fourth Skokholm record  (GT)

2002 – One, Moory Mere, Skomer 7 May (JGB).

2005 – Single, Broad Haven (S) 3 May (MS)

2007 – An adult at Newgale on 26 April (PKG et al), a juvenile at the Gann on 2 August (RD et al)

2010 – The only record involved a juvenile at the Nevern Estuary on 3rd Sept (JA, KM et al).

2011 – The only records were one on North Pond Skomer on 8th April and juveniles, at Marloes Mere on 14th Aug and at Whitesands Beach on 2nd Sept

2012 – The only record of the year was of one on Skokholm on 27th March

2013 – All records of single birds on spring passage: at West Angle on 23rd March, at Nevern Estuary on 26th March, at Marloes Mere on 3rd April, at The Gann on 5th April (photo at top), and another there on 30th April and on Skokholm on 19th April, 2nd May and 5th May

An unprecedented three records in one spring all came from North Pond. The first of the year was on 19th April (RDB, GE), with further birds on 2 May (GE, RDB) and 5 May (RDB). There have now been birds in three consecutive years, although still fewer than ten records. Skokholm Annual Report 2013

2014 – The only record this year involved two birds at Marloes Mere on 5th Sept

2015 – The only sighting involved a single bird at the Teifi Est. on 10th April

2016 – Singles on Skomer 10th April, a juv. at the Gann 5th Aug, one on Skokholm 21st – 22nd Aug

2018 – All records were of singles at: Panteg 2 – 3 April, Webley 18 April  and Skokholm 26 June

2019 – Only records were of two at Newport 11 April, singles on Skokholm 17 April, Ramsey 21 April and at Gann 7 June.

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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Radde’s Warbler – records

Phylloscopus schwarziTelor RaddeVagrant

2007 – One on Skomer on 17th October was the first record for the island and only the second county record.

Source: Pembrokeshire Bird Report, 2007.

2017Skomer – One of these cracking warblers was found at the Garland Stone in the afternoon on October 20th (LN). It was first seen flitting around in the dead bracken next to the path and showing extremely well. Unfortunately, a search later that day by all the staff on the island could not re-find the bird, although the weather had deteriorated.

2017 – Skokholm One caught in the Library Net on 26th October was the second for Skokholm and only the fourth Pembrokeshire record of this Siberian leaf warbler (GE, RDB).

Records from the respective island annual reports.

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Pectoral Sandpiper – records

Calidris melanotosPibydd CainScarce passage migrant

Earlier records are summarised in Pectoral Sandpiper 1994

1994 – A juv visited North Pond, Skokholm, 22 Aug (MB et al). (Skokholm daily log states 23 Aug)

1998 – Single Esso 3 Oct (JWD)

2001 – 30 Sept, Sprinkle Pill (PG) (record from Scarce and Rare Birds in Wales)

2003 – Juvenile, North Pond, Skomer 19 Sept (DH). Part of a large influx into the British Isles.

2005 – Single. Bosherston Pools 25 — 28 Aug (SHL et al)

2009 – In spring an adult was found at Llangloffan Fen 6-7 June (RD, AR) and in autumn a juvenile on Dale Airfield 10 to 12 Sept (PKG).

2010 – A juvenile was photographed at Castlemartin Range on 4th Sept (PH).

2011 – The only accepted record was of two on Skokholm, 13th – 14th May, with one remaining on the 15th (JGilham).

2012 – Three different individuals on Skokholm in the autumn, during the period 16th Sept – 21st (one may have been present since August) (MYP, M. Hipkin).

2013 – One was at Skokholm on 15th May (J. Moore).

A bird seen to the north of North Pond for just ten minutes on the evening of 15th May sees this species make the systematic list for a third year running (JM). Skokholm Annual Report 2013

2017 –  One on Skokholm on 30th Aug (RL, RB et al).  

A pristine juvenile on North Pond for much of 30th August was the first since a single at the same site on 15th May 2013 (RL, RDB, et al.). Skokholm Annual Report 2017

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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Yellow-rumped Warbler – 2017 Skokholm

Dendroica coronataTelor TinfelenVagrant

A stunning first-summer male Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) singing in the Courtyard on the morning of a glorious 18th June was subsequently trapped and ringed (GE, RDB, et al.). This was the first for Skokholm, the 22nd for Britain and the second for Wales and Pembrokeshire following a first-winter bird present on Ramsey Island between 31st October and 4th November 1994

This was only the fifth British spring record. Whereas the last North American passerine to occur in June, the Swainson’s Thrush of 2015, arrived on the back of a deep area of low pressure which tracked quickly across the Atlantic, the arrival of our latest ‘yank’ was harder to explain, although a low had crossed a week earlier. The most notable weather event of the year had a more easterly origin, indeed Ex-hurricane Ophelia had proven the easternmost major Atlantic hurricane of the satellite era.

Skokholm Annual Report 2017

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Marsh Warbler – 2017

Acrocephalus palustrisTelor y Gwerni

One trapped in the Well Heligoland on 2nd June was the first for Skokholm and the first spring record for Pembrokeshire (RDB et al.). Along with differences in structure and plumage, the wing formula confirmed the identification; in the hand the second primary, which had a shorter notch than a Reed Warbler, was longer than the fourth primary and the end of the emargination of the third primary fell level with the tip of the eighth rather than the tenth.

The only other Pembrokeshire record was found on Skomer Island by Dave Boyle on the late date of 2nd November in 2009; singles on Skokholm between the 21st and 22nd September 1995 and on Skomer on 23rd September 1993 were both rejected by the Welsh Records Panel.

From the Skokholm Annual Report 2017

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Honey Buzzard – records

Pernis apivorus – Boda’r MêlRare visitor

Previous records summarised in Honey Buzzard 1994

1995 – Singles were at Marloes 11 April (GHR) and soaring over Pantmaenog Forest 6 May (GHR)

1996 – An individual came in off the sea at Porthlisky on 28 April (MEB), one at Skokholm 6 June and one at Slebech 20 Aug (JWD)

1998 – one at Dinas Island 4 July (MSh)

1999 – Passage birds noted over Ramsey 22 April (RH) and going east Strumble Head 25 Oct (CB, GHR)

2000 –  Singles in September at Skomer on the 16th (JGB) (3rd record for the island) and at Whitchurch on the 30th (MS).

2001 – A single flew south over Newgale 26 Aug.  (MB).

2003 – Single seen coming in off the sea at Strumble Hd 22 Aug (CB, GHR, RS). But see also 2017 Skokholm below for a record that did not get into the Bird Report.

2004 – One on Ramsey on 24 Sept was the only record (GJW).

2005 – Single seen coming in off the sea at Strumble Head, 7 Aug (GHR)

2009 – There were three records of singles on passage in the autumn: at Stumble Head on 7 and 13 August (GHR) and at Dale Airfield 25 Sept (AH)

2011 – The only record was of a single bird on Ramsey on 19th Apr (LM).

2012 – The only record was of one was seen on Skomer on 27th May (DRM).

2013 – The only record was of one over the Deer Park, Martin’s Haven on 20th Sept.

2017 – What was presumably the same bird was seen over Skomer then Llanychaer on 27th June. The only other record was of one over Skokholm on 24th May.

One on 24th May which briefly circled over the Farm before drifting off south was the first Skokholm record since 25th June 2003 and only the seventh for the Island (GE, RDB). The only other records concern singles on 6th June 1996, 26th July 1991, 19th May 1990, 14th July 1989 and 10th August 1982. Skokholm Annual Report 2017

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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