Pied Flycatcher – 1894

Muscicapa atricapilla – A rare summer visitor, only occasionally noticed.

We have never met with it in the county. Of late years the Pied Flycatcher has been ascertained to be far from an uncommon bird in many districts in northern and central Wales, generally frequenting woods at some elevation above the sea-level on mountain sides, where it nests in holes in oak trees. But we have no record of its nest ever having been obtained in Pembrokeshire, where it appears to be only a rare passing visitor.

There are specimens in Lord Cawdor’s collection at Stackpole Court that were obtained in the neighbourhood, and Mr. Dix was informed by Mr. Tracy that the bird was occasionally seen in spring and autumn. It is not included in the lists of county birds supplied us by Mr. H. Mathias and Sir Hugh Owen.

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

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