Baillon’s Crake

Porzana bailloni – Accidental; only two on record.

Sir Hugh Owen has informed us that he saw two of the “Lesser Spotted Crake” on Goodwick Moor, in the autumn of 1869, and shot one of them. The bird ” looked like a fieldmouse when swimming.” He has since recognised his specimen in Yarrell as Baillon’s Crake.

Mathew M.A. 1894, Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands


Additional Note

Jack Donovan and I, when compiling The Birds of Pembrokeshire (1994), considered this record too vague for this species to be accepted onto the County list.

Graham Rees