Puffin – first and last

Fratercula arctica – PAL – Breeding summer visitor

YearFirst sightingLast sightingSkokholm
max count
max count
see below
198328 December3500
198422 March25 October3668c.7000+ pairs
19892175c.5700 pairs
1990c.2000-2500 pairsc.5000-6000 pairs
19914432c.5000-6000 pairs
19922505c.5000-6000 pairs
19936 March
earliest recorded
5 December2,145 in April
6,209 in July
c.11,000 spring
c.18,000 in July
199521 March19 August (Skomer)2,700 in spring10,473 in spring
199624 March27 September3,332 on 7 April
5,275 in July
9,141 in spring
11,869 in summer
199721 March24 September3,250 in spring9,049 in spring
19985 Jan (Strumble)17 Oct (Strumble)2,774 on 1 April9,235 in spring
199920 March30 Sept (Strumble)3,083 in spring9,213 in spring
20003,092 in spring10,614 in spring(4)
2001 15 March31 Oct (Strumble)7,854
20026 Feb (Strumble)7 Nov (Strumble)c.4,00010,338
200319 March9 Oct (Strumble)8,537 in May
21,292 in July
200413 March6 Oct (Strumble)10,688 on 14 May
200525 Oct (Strumble)10,717 on 6 May
200627 Dec (Wooltack)4,51010,876
200717 Sept (Strumble)4,900 AOS11,821 on 4 April
200819 March14 August (with fish)10,487
200912 July (Strumble)13,508 in spring
201117 Dec (Strumble)
201426 March17 August5,070 on 10 April18,237
20156,645 on 14 May21,349
20164 Feb (Ramsey)21 Oct (Pwll-deri)6,69222,539
201723 March14 Oct (Strumble)7,800 in May25,227
201813 March21 Sept (Strumble)8,762 30,895
20191 March5 Sept (Strumble)7,44724,108
202016 March5 September8,53434,796

(1) 291 found oiled during the Bridgeness incident

(2) Leucistic bird on Skokholm

(3) No puffins affected by Sea Empress oil spill, as this predated their arrival

(4) All white bird on Skomer

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire bird reports

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

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Barred Warbler – Records

Sylvia nisoria – Telor Rhesog – Rare visitor

Earlier records summarised in Barred Warbler 1994

1990 – Singles Skokholm 8 & 26 Oct (MB).  Tired individuals gave uncharacteristically good views, the first feeding on brambles.

1992 – 2 Skokholm 30 September, one there 4 October, all juveniles (MB, JWD)

1993 – Singles Strumble Head 8 Oct (GHR) and Skokholm 12, 13 & 15 Oct (MB)

1995 – Singles Skokholm 2 & 6 October (MB) and Skomer 10-15 Oct (JP, SS et al)

1999 – One Angle 26 Nov (AW), 5 days later than previous latest date for Pembs

2001 – A 1st w Skokholm 1-2 Sept (GT). An adult, Porth Clais 13-14 Nov (J&MB et al). A 1st w Ramsey 30 Oct-5 Nov (SA). 

2003imm Ramsey 28 Aug (Welsh Bird Report).  1st W, Strumble Hd 12 Sept. (SEB)

2004 – A 1st winter Skomer 11-12 Oct was the sixth island record.

2010 – The only accepted record (by WRP) was of one on Skomer on 7th Oct (DB)

2011 – A single Porthclais 6th – 7th Nov (WD Collins et al).

2012 – Single Skomer on 6th Oct. (DB).

2013 – The only accepted records were of singles on Skokholm on 8th Sept (RB), and on Skomer on 31st Oct – 2nd Nov (ES).

A juvenile mist netted in the Wheelhouse Garden on 8th September was the 19th Skokholm record and the first since 27th August 2004 (RDB et al.). Of the 18 previous individuals one was in the 1950s (the second for Wales on 12th September 1956), five were in the 1960s, one was in the 1970s, one was in the 1980s, eight were in the 1990s and two were in the 2000s. All Barred Warblers recorded on Skokholm have been juveniles. Skokholm Annual Report 2013

2014 – Singles on Ramsey on 29th Sept (GM) and on Skomer on 25th Oct (JM).

2015 – A first winter St Davids Head on 24th Sept (MYP) and Skokholm on the same date.

2017 –  One trapped & ringed on Skokholm 24th & 25th Sept (RB et al).

A juvenile found in the Courtyard on the morning of 24th September appeared exhausted, feeding clumsily on Elderberries before returning to the same sunny branches where it regularly lost its balance and sat with its wings drooped (RDB et al.). Telescope views revealed that the bird was wearing a metal ring, however with it appearing so weak, no attempt was made to catch it and discover its provenance. Happily the bird appeared to perk up before disappearing over the westerly wall, not to be seen again.  More on Skokhom blog.

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

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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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Little Bunting – records

Emberiza pusillaBras LleiafVagrant

Earlier records summarised in Little Bunting 1994

1999 – 1 Skomer, 7 May, CBr et al)

2001 – Skomer: one on 13 May (DB) (accepted by WRP 2013), one on 29 September (DPB, JGB)

Skomer report 2001 – One alighted briefly on bramble in North Valley on 13 May before flying off over St Bride’s Bay. More obliging was the bird that fed at Moory Mere on 29 September, at times accompanied by of its larger cousins.

2001 – One Skokholm 11 Oct (GT).

Skokholm report 2001 – One on 11 October allowed close viewing and photography as it foraged on the edge of the pool in the Well Exclosure and subsequently on the wall of the Cottage Garden.

2006 – One was discovered with Reed Buntings Skomer 14 Oct (JGB).

2016 – A single St Ann’s Head on 16th April, photo above (c) David Astins (DJA, JP).

2020 – One trapped on Skokholm 29 Sept (RD et al), photo below, and one at Abereiddy 14 & 15 Dec (M&C YP et al).

Source: Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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Icterine Warbler – Records

Hippolais icterinaTelor AurScarce passage migrant

1955 – A first year bird on 31st August 1955 was the first for Wales (Birds of Skokholm)

Other records are summarised in Icterine Warbler 1994

1990 – Singles Skokholm 13 June & 29-30 Aug (MB)

1991 – One Skomer on 24 & 25 Aug (SJS).

1992 – Singles Skomer 20 May and 25 Sept (SJS et al)

1993 – One Skomer 6-12 Sept (DV et al)

1995 – Singles Skokholm 19-20 Oct and 31 Oct- 1 Nov, the latter the latest recorded date for Pembs

1996 – One Skokholm 20 July

1997 – Singles Skomer 30 May, 17, 18-19 and 24 August, and 17 Sept (SS et al).  Singles Skokholm 11 Sept, 15-18 Sept and 28th Sept (GT et al) and St Ann’s Head 6 Sept (DJA et al).  A total of 9 individuals.

2002 – One Skomer 24 Aug (JP et al)

2003 – Skokholm – A very obliging first-winter bird was present in the wall garden for three days 29-31 Aug (GT)

2010 – A single on Skomer 31st Aug – 2nd Sept (DB). 

2014 – Singles on 2nd Sept Skomer (JWM, LPL) and on Skokholm (BD et al), both on 2nd Sept.

2014 – A juvenile found at the Well and later trapped on 2nd September was the first Skokholm record for over a decade (BD et al.). All 26 previous records have been of singles with the exception of two on 3rd September 1996. Spring records have fallen between 14th May and 28th June and in autumn, with the exception of one on 20th July, between 21st August and 1st November (Skokholm Bird Report 2014)

2016 – two on Skomer:

2016 – Skomer produced two of these hefty Hippolais warblers this year, both in the autumn. The first was found at the farm in the morning on 29th August (JWM), where it remained only for one day. Another was discovered in North Valley willows late in the evening on 6th September (EMS). This bird lingered right through to 19th, relocating to the North Valley Crossing. (Skomer Wildlife Report 2016)

2020 – One trapped on Skomer 9 May

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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