Little Bittern

Ixobrychus minutusAderyn Bwn LeiafRare visitor

Little Bittern – 2013

Ixobrychus minutus – Aderyn Bwn Leiaf – Rare visitor Little Bitterns breed through much of Europe but is a rare vagrant to Britain. The first early records come from Mathew (1894): an adult  male at Merlin’s Bridge  was trapped beneath the wheel of the Mill and became part of the Mathias collection, later donated to […]

Little Bittern – 1994

Ixobrychus minutus – Aderyn Bwn Leiaf – Rare visitor One was recorded, but no date was given, from Merlin’s Bridge by Mathew (1894), who also mentioned that one in the Cawdor collection at Stackpole had been procured in the county. Lockley et al. (1949) noted singles off the Pembrokeshire coast in October 1899, shot near Fishguard in about […]

Little Bittern – 1894

Ardetta minuta A rare, occasional visitor; only two or three instances. One in the collection of Mr. H. Mathias, and given by him with his other birds to Tenby Museum, was captured beneath the wheel of the mill, near Merlin’s Bridge, Haverfordwest. This was an adult. At the sale at Camrose House, in the summer of 1881, we noticed an immature Little […]