Scientific: Melanitta fusca
Cymraeg: Môr-hwyaden Y Gogledd
A scarce but regular winter visitor amongst the Common Scoters in Carmarthen Bay – probably under-recorded.
4, seen from boat, c.3 miles offshore, Carmarthen Bay, 15 February.
Male off Burry Port, 10th, 2, 12-14 April and again a male, 3 June.
6 with Common Scoter, off Cefn Sidan Sands, 6 November.
A duck with Common Scoter, off Cefn Sidan, 4 September.
Single off Telpyn Point, 1st and 22 October.
Male off Morfa Bychan 13th and 27 January, off Cefn Sidan 3 May.
Despite the large numbers of Common Scoter, there was only one sighting of 2 birds off Telpyn Point on 29th February.
A good year for the species with at least 11-15 birds involved; all records were from Pendine – Morfa Bychan between January and March On 31st January 4 birds were off Morfa Bychan. Ten birds were then seen off Pendine on the 7th February with 11 there on 13th February, and on 7th March 4 were seen off Morfa Bychan.
There were five records: the first, on 24th April, was of a single bird off Cefn Sidan. All the other sightings were made in the latter part of the year starting with 2 at Morfa Bychan on 16th October; 1 at Telpyn Point on 21st & 23rd December; and again at Morfa Bychan on 22nd December.
All records were of birds amongst the Common Scoter flocks in the west. Telpyn Point: 6 on 2nd January, with 1 on 3rd and 26th; Pendine: 1 (male) on 8th January and 2 on 26th.
The only record was of 5, amongst the flock of Common Scoters at Telpyn Point on 22nd February.
There were 2 records of single birds amongst the Common Scoter off Telpyn Point on 16th March and 23rd.
The only record was of a male off Telpyn Point on 19th February.
There were 2 records of single birds; at Morfa Bychan on 7th March and at Cefn Sidan on 14th December.
All records were of birds amongst the Carmarthen Bay Common Scoter flocks; with 4 in November and 5 on 23rd December.
Just one report, of 4 in Carmarthen Bay on 20th January.
As last year, just one report, of 1 bird at Morfa Bychan on 7th December.
As last year, just one report. A drake at Telpyn Point on 30th December.
12 Telpyn Point February 15th.
Single with the big scoter flocks off Telpyn Point/Ragwen Point December 3rd-18th.
All reports from Pendine with 6 January 28th, 2 January 29th and a single there March 17th.