Scientific: Melanitta perspicillata

Cymraeg: Mor Hwyaden Yr Ewyn

Vagrant.

1984
Imm male, off Burry Port, 6 October – 1 November. 2nd record for county.

1990
Male, off Marros/Telpyn Point, 14 October-4 November. Third record for the county.

1993
An adult male was present amongst the Common Scoters offshore between Ragwen Point and Gilman Point from 31st January to 10th February. This was the fourth county record; the others were in 1971, 1984 and 1990.

1994
There were three records in December involving at least 3 (possibly 4) birds. All were adult males, the first being a single among the ‘mass’ of Common Scoter off Marros on the 20th. On the 22nd & 23rd a male was present off Telpyn Point and also on the 23rd 3 males were seen together off Marros. These were the fifth, sixth and seventh county records.

1995
One of the adult males seen in December 1994 remained at Telpyn Point to 2nd January.

1998
A male at Telpyn Point from 20th – 21st March was possibly the same bird seen there on 27th September; remaining in the Telpyn Point – Amroth area into 1999.

1999
Records of an adult male at Telpyn Point on 10th January and Cefn Sidan on 14th – 15th December, probably relate to the bird first seen off Amroth in the Pembrokeshire section of Carmarthen Bay in February 1997.

2003
At Telpyn Point on 30th December 2 drakes reported. The status of this species cannot be precisely determined because of the possibility of returning birds. There have been records in five of the last ten years and it could turn out to be annual, if searched for diligently enough!

2006
A male Ragwen Point December 16th, then two present in Carmarthen Bay in between Ragwen Point and Pendine from December 17th through to the end of the year.

2007
Two males present in Carmarthen Bay between Ragwen Point and Pendine from the turn of the year until February 25th (N.Fairney, R.Hunt & J.Lloyd). These were the birds already published for 2006 – Ed