Bee-eater – 1894

Merops apiaster

A very rare accidental visitor from the south.

There is a specimen in the collection of Mr. H. Mathias, now with his other birds at the Tenby Museum. This was killed near the village of Johnston, about 1854. Mr. Tracy picked up a Bee-eater, he does not state in what year, on some high ground near the sea coast. It had not been long dead, and he succeeded in skinning and mounting it. It passed into the collection of the late Mr. John Stokes, of Cuffern, in whose hospitable house we have often seen it.

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

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