Common Rosefinch – records

Carpodacus erythrinusLlinos GochRare visitor

Previous records summarised in Scarlet Rosefinch 1994

1993 – Single Ramsey, 25 August (IDB)

1994 – Singles Skokholm 13 and 16 Sept (MB et al) and Strumble Head 10 Oct (GHR)

1995 – Singles Skokholm 6-9 June, 6-8 Aug and 11-12 Oct (apparently not assessed by WBRC)

1996 – Singles Skomer 17 and 25 July, 5 Sept, 23 and 26 Oct (apparently not assessed by WBRC)

1997 – Singles Strumble Head 20 & 29 May and 30 Nov (SB et al) and Skokholm 16 & 17 Sept (GT et al).

1998 – One imm/female Skomer 5-7 June (SS et al)

1999 – Singles male at Strumble Head 31 May (SB et al) and juv Skokholm 11 Sept (GT et al).

2000 – Single imm/females, Skokholm 7-8 Oct (GT), was predated by a Merlin, Skomer 19 Oct (MJP).

2001 – 3 juvs together Skokholm 11 Oct (GT). One imm/female in the bushes at Moory Mere, Skomer 15-16 Sept

2002 – 1st summer male, singing, Caerbwdi 12 June (IDB).

2003 – One imm/female Skokholm 25 May (GT), Imm male Strumble Hd 29 May (SEB et al) and one imm/female Skomer 12 June (JGB).

2004 – Three records: imm/females Strumble 30 May (SEB), Skomer 5 Sept (JGB) and Ramsey 10 Sept (SA).

2006 – A female or imm male Pen Anglas 8 Jun (SEB, AR), a red male Skomer also 8 Jun (JGB) and a Juv there 4 Nov (JGB). Male, Skomer 30 June (from Welsh Rare and Scarce Birds report for 2019)

2010 – Quite a good year for this species with 4 records all of single birds. Ramsey on 25th May (1st s male) and another on 26th Oct (GM), on Skomer on 15th Sept (DB) and a fem/imm in a St. Davids garden from 22nd until at least 28th Nov (BD).

2011 – All records were: a single immature male on Ramsey on 13th July (GM), on Skokholm from 2nd to 11th Sept. which was trapped & ringed (BH et al) and an immature / female on Skomer 29th Sept – 1st Oct (DB).

2012 – A female / immature was Skokholm on 27th – 29th Aug. trapped and ringed on 28th (SS).

2013 – A fine male frequented a garden in Trefgarne 19th – 26th May (M. Carne), and a 1st summer male was trapped on Skokholm on 8th June (RB, GE).

A singing male on 8th June was tracked down to the Cottage Garden where it eventually revealed itself to be a brown bird and was later trapped (GE, RDB et al.). Skokholm Annual Report 2013

2014 – A juvenile on Skokholm from 5th to 10th Sept was trapped and ringed during its visit to the island (RB,GE), the Teifi Ringing Group then trapped and ringed a juvenile on the Pembrokeshire part of the Teifi marshes reserve on 27th Sept (CHJ et al) & another juvenile was on Ramsey from 4th to 6th Oct (GM, LM).

2015 – Female / immatures were trapped and ringed on Skokholm on 11th June (RDB), others on Skomer on 13th & 14th June (JWM et al) and 14th Oct (JWM).

2017 – A singing immature male on Skomer on 22nd – 25th June (ES, LN, JWM).

2018 – Female / immature on Skokholm 16th – 27th Sept (RB et al).

2019 – Juvenile / female on Skokholm 23 – 25 Sept and same bird 1 Oct (S. Westerberg et al)

2021 – Three accepted records:

  • on Ramsey 5 June (per RSPB),
  • a male on Skokholm 29 May (RD, RDB)
  • an immature / female bird there 17 Sept (RDB).

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports which may contain more detail than shown here

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Cattle Egret – Records

Bubulcus ibis – CRËYR Y GWARTHEG – Rare migrant.

Earlier records are summarised in Cattle Egret 1994

1996 – One Skomer, 30 April (BP et al)

2008 was the best year to date for this species in the county, birds  were appearing all over the rest of the U.K. and Pembrokeshire seemed to be missing out until eventually:

  • one was found roosting with Little Egrets at Sandy Haven on 17th Oct. This bird remained in the same area until 30th Dec. (DJA). This was followed by:
  • Three Cattle Egrets at Pwll Deri by R. Crossen
  • One was found at West Angle on 9th Dec. but flew off, however further searching found a different bird at Hubberton which remained until 26th Dec. (both CH).
  • Another was found at Philbeach Farm, Dale on the 17th Dec. and remained in that area into 2009 (KSJD).
  • Remarkably on 22nd Dec. a report was received of 5 feeding with Cattle in a stock yard at Llanferran Farm Trefasser, these were last seen on 29th Dec. and during this period at least 3 of the birds were seen at Llanrhian Farm near Porthgain (RD).

2009 – Philbeach bird from 2008 1 – 3 Jan before flying off south-west on the latter date.  Castlemartin also had a bird on 1 Jan (CH).  Then there was the long-staying bird at Newport found on 22 Feb and remained in the area until 14 April (SB).  Finally a bird at Angle on 19 Oct (RC). 

2010 – After enjoying good numbers for the last two years 2010 produced just a single bird at Withybush Airfield from 15th Oct until 5th Nov (T. Gover). Accepted by WRP.

2014 – One on the creek at Teifi Marshes on 4th Oct (T. Evans, CHJ) spent the afternoon on both sides of the Ceredigion / Pembrokeshire border. Accepted by WRP.

2016 – A single at Newport from 10th Dec – into 2017 (K. Meatyard et al), presumed same as one at Goodwick on 15th Dec

2017 – Single birds were at Newport from December 2016 until 1st May at least (KM et al), in the Bosherston / Stackpole area on and off from 12th Mar until 8th June (per RE), at Skokholm 17th July (RB) and at Treleddyn Farm St. David’s on 8 – 10th Nov (M & JB et al).

A stunning breeding-plumaged individual roosted with gulls at North Pond on the evening of 17th July, however this first for Skokholm had already departed by the following morning (HP et al). Skokholm Annual Report 2017

2018 – One on Skokholm 9th Oct (RB et al). One at the Gann 4-5 Nov (DJA). One at the Teifi 7 – 16 Nov (WJ et al)

2019 – Singles: on the Teifi Estaury at St. Dogmaels Jan – 31 Mar (mainly on the Ceredigion side of the estuary), at the Gann 14 – 26 Oct and at Nevern 4 – 7 Dec, with four at Trefasser 17 May.

2020 – All records were: a single at Carew Millpond 21 – 22 Apr, one at Nevern Est 5 Nov. From early November a wintering group build up along the Pembroke River – Monkton – Huddleton – Quoits Mill, six on the 4th, increasing to seven on 13th and then to ten on 25 Dec.

2021 – Wintering flock at Quoits Marsh numbered up to 11 in January. This increased to 17 on 3 Feb with number slowly dropping during the month, the last record was of four on 8 Mar. Returning birds, numbering six, from 13 Nov until the end of the year increasing to nine on 3 Dec.
Elsewhere singles: at Carew Cheriton 21 May, Gann 21 – 22 May, another there 21 Oct – 18 Nov and one by the flagpoles in Fishguard Harbour on 29 Oct.

Source: Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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Red-backed Shrike – records

Lanius collurio – CIGYDD CEFNGOCH –Scarce passage migrant; formerly bred

Earlier records are summarised in Red-backed Shrike 1994

1993 – One Skomer 18 Oct

1994 – Singles at Skomer 24, 27 and 31 May

1995 – One Skomer 23 May

1996 – Singles Skokholm 6 June and Skomer 17 Aug

1997 – Singles St Govan’s Head 30 May; Skomer 5 June; Gann 28 Sep

1998 – Juv, Skomer 19 & 21 Sep (SS et al) (not submitted to WBRC)

2000 – Juvs Skomer 8-10 Sept and 29-30 Sept (SA, JGB, MJP et al). (not submitted to WBRC)

2002 – Female Skomer 27-29 May (SD).

2003 – Male Ramsey 30 May (SA).  In Autumn, juvs Skomer 31 Aug (JGB) and Strumble Head 23 Sept (SEB).

2004 – Two records Skomer: a male North Valley 25 May, though sadly, it didn’t wait to meet the female which frequented the same bush 6-8 June! (JGB et al)

2005 – Three records: Skomer: male 28 May (JGB), a Juv St Davids Airfield 15-27 Oct (JB et al) and an adult male Strumble Hd 18 Oct (SEB).

2006 – A female was on Skomer 6 Jun (JGB).

2009 – Two records this year, the first of a male on Ramsey on 24th May (L & GM) and an immature on Skomer on 20th – 21st Sept.

2010 – The only record was of a female at Carn ar Wig, St. David’s on 23rd May (JB).

2011 – Female on Skomer on 16th – 18th Oct (DB, CT).

2012 – A juv Wooltack Point /Martins Haven on 9th Sept (DJA, PKG).

2013 – Two accepted records, the first a female ringed on the Preseli Mountains on 2nd June (P. Jenks), the second an immature on Skokholm on 10th Sept (L. Robertson)

A first-winter on 10th September was the first since 20th October 2004 (LR et al.). There was some debate regarding the age of this bird, however dark subterminal marks to the scapulars and median coverts along with white tips to the tertials and seemingly fresh flight feathers all pointed to an advanced first-winter. Skokholm Annual Report 2013

2014 – Single female on Skomer on 8th June (JWM) and a juv. at St. Davids Head on 30th Sept – 2nd Oct (J&MB et al).

2016 – A female on Skokholm on 23rd May (RDB), a male Skomer 26th – 27th May (ES) and a juv Skokholm 23rd-24th Aug (JH, RGB). All accepted WRP. (the 27th and 28th Skokholm records)

2018 – Juveniles on Skomer 18th – 20th Sept (ES et al), St. Davids Head 9th Sept (JP) and at Dale Airfield 9th -14th Sept. (BS et al).

2019 – An adult at Broad Haven N 14 June (D. Reed) and 1CY at Skokholm 6 – 7 Sept (B. Baker et al) and at Lydstep 13 Oct (G. Hudson).

2020 – Two spring records, of a female Skomer 28 May (per Skomer blog) and a female at Martin’s Haven 21 June (F. Day et al).

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports.

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Spoonbill – records

Platalea leucorodia – LLWYBIG – Occasional visitor

Summary of previous records in Spoonbill – 1994

2006 – 11 juveniles at Uzmaston mid-morning of 18 Sept (JT) which had gone half hour later, presumably the same birds involved at Never Estuary where 12 were seen in the afternoon of 18 Sept (SB, RL, AR), and which departed northwards at sunset. Two had been colour ringed in Holland, had previously been seen at Goldcliff, Gwent and were subsequently seen in County Mayo, Ireland, in early Oct.

2007 – A colour-ringed immature was on the Teifi Estuary 26-30 April.  In December there was a small influx, with a colour-ringed juvenile (ringed in Holland) on the Teifi Est 26-28 Dec, an adult at ‘The Point’ Angle Bay on 28 Dec, and two nearby at Bentlass on the 29th.  (Also – July, 1 Pembroke Upper Millpond JH – blog)

Teifi immature bird: – left leg, green ring with B1 in black above a metal ring.  Right leg, dark blue ring with B1 in yellow.

  • ringed as a nestling Lauwersmeer NL 08/06/2005
  • seen: Ile de Sein, Finistere F 05/10/2005
  • seen: Scilly Islands GB 07/10/2005-08/10/2005
  • seen: Scilly Islands GB 19/04/2006-11/10/2006
  • seen: Teifi Est. Wales GB 26/04/2007 – 30/04/2007 at least.
  • Therefore the bird is a 2nd summer. Details from Richard Dobbins on the sightings blog

2008 – 1st year at the Teifi Est 1-5 Jan, it then moved to the Nevern where it was present until the 16 Jan.  An adult at St Davids on 28 July, then another or possibly the same adult at the Gann from 17 – 26 Sept.

2009 – Skomer had 2 birds fly over on 23 May and 9 June and later in the year two were present on the Pembroke river on the Pennar side on 28 Dec, but only one was left by the 31st.  Otherwise records of single birds: in the Lawrenny/West Williamston area from 12-14 Jan, Marloes Mere 10 May, and Nevern Estuary from 15 Oct until 4 Nov.

2010 – An adult & a juv. were present on the Pembroke River from 10th to 17th Jan.

2012 – Single birds observed: flying over Ramsey Sound on 26th Mar (MB), another flew over West Angle on 26th Aug (DJA) and at Sandy Haven on 30th Sept (DP).

2013 – One in the Marloes / Skomer / Skokholm area 19th – 21st May, another over Skokholm on 7th Aug.

A first-summer bird circled Skokholm on 19th May before heading out towards Skomer (EW et al.); what was presumably the same bird had previously been seen in flight over Marloes Mere that morning. Another subadult bird circled on 7th August before heading out to sea in the direction of Marloes (GE et al.); this bird was not relocated locally. These were the 12th and 13th records for Skokholm. Skokholm Bird Report 2013

2014 – A single immature bird was present at Mullock from 13 Mar until 1t April. During its stay it, made fleeting visits to both Skokholm & Skomer (14 & 17 Mar).

2016 – The only record is of a bird seen in flight at Newport on 6th Aug

2017 – The only records were of five (two of which were colour-ringed, but not from Holland) that flew into the Teifi Estuary, fed, then flew upstream on 24th Sept and of singles on Skomer on 14th & 15th June and on Skokholm on 26th June.

One was seen briefly at North Pond on 26th June, although it soon departed for the north (VH, MR). This was the first Skokholm record since 14th March 2014 and only the 15th for the Island. Skokholm Annual Report 2017

2018 – Two over Skomer 19th May, one in St. Bride’s Bay 29th Sept and a single the Gann 18th – 28th Oct (also seen Dale Airfield on 28th) were the only records received.

2019 – Singles at Carew 12 Apr and Teifi Marshes 17 Apr were the only records received.

2020 – The only record was of one at Boulston 21 May

2021 – The only record was of one that flew west along North Valley, Skomer on 24 May.

Source- the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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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.

2020 – At least 17 individuals reported, all records were of singles: Skokholm 18, 20 & 29 Sept, 2 & 18 Oct, Ramsey 5 & 13 Oct, at St. Brides 6 Oct with two there on 8th and singles 15 & 18 Oct, Dale Village 12 – 14 Oct, with another by Dale Fort – Castlebeach Valley on 14 Oct and another by the Gann 16 Oct, Mill Bay, St. Ann’s Head 13 Oct, Marloes Mere 14 Oct, Ty Rhyg 15 Oct and finally at Lawrenny 18 Oct.

2021 – At least 6 individuals reported, all records were of singles: Porth Clais & Skokholm 14 Oct, Haverfordwest 26 – 29 Oct, Little Haven 5 Nov, Fishguard 7 Nov and at the Gann 1 & 2 Dec.

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports which may contain more detail than shown here

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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.

2020 – A female photographed at St. Nicholas on 18 Apr was the only record.

2021 – The only record was of one seen along the bridlepath between The Grove Hotel, Narberth and Canaston Woods on 14 Jan.

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 Marloes Mere on 26 Oct, and again on Dale Airfield on 29 Oct was CDZ. 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

N2A was reported by Brian Southern at Marloes on 26 October 2018. Tony Fox provided the following information: N2A was a female caught as a first-winter bird at Wexford Slobs Ireland in March 2003, with siblings N5A, J0Z and J8Z (also females) and adults N0A and N3A (females) and N7A (probably the Dad), with which she associated the rest of that winter.  It is not clear if N0A or N3A was the Mum, because offspring of previous years may associate with their parents for up to 13 years.  N3A had likely laid eggs in summer 2003, N0A possibly may have done, so that does not really solve the question, so N2A’s parentage is a little in doubt.  She associated with most of these individuals again the following year, but from 2004/5 she has been on her own, wintering most years as you will see at Wexford, but I have seen her a few times in Iceland as well in the intervening years. An Icelandic friend of Tony Fox adds that the “birds had a golden opportunity to use favourable tail-winds all the way to UK on Wednesday and Thursday (24th and 25th October). They all seem to have jumped on that train. Winter has arrived. We now have frost and the mountains have turned white. All ponds and lakes near Hvanneyri are frozen.” Brian Southern, Pembs Bird Blog

Three collared Geese X0C, X6D, X9K were amongst the 14 reported at Trevine between 26 October and 14 November 2018. Tony Fox provided this information: All three geese were caught at Wexford North Slob by Alyn Walsh of the National Park and Wildlife Service, part of a very long-running programme of research there on the population, started in 1982/83.  X0C and X6D were both marked as first winter females in March 2013, with X9K an adult female caught in the same catch.  In the winter of 2013/14, these three birds returned to Wexford.  They were not seen in the winter of 2014/15 (nor 2017/18), but in winter 2015/16 X0J, X6D and X9K were seen together at Wexford, and X6D in 2016/17. The only other record we have was of X0C seen in the southern lowlands of Iceland in October 2016 although X6D was seen very briefly at Hvanneyri in west Iceland this autumn.  Wendy James, 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.

2020 – All records were: a single at Carew Millpond 31 Mar – 1 Apr and two at Kete, St. Ann’s Head 23 Apr, two Llanstadwell 20 Apr and one on Skomer 15 May (9th island record).

2021 – Singles at: on Skokholm 11 – 12 & 28 Apr; and at the Nevern Estuary 3 – 4

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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