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 Bittern in a case in one of the bedrooms. It was indifferently stuffed, and we could learn no particulars about it, but it had, probably, been obtained on the estate. There is also a specimen in Lord Cawdor’s collection, at Stackpole, that is said to have been procured in the county.

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

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