Redstart – 1894

Ruticilla phoenicurus – A summer visitor.

Reported to be abundant in the neighbouring county of Cardiganshire; it is, however, extremely rare with us in Pembrokeshire, where we have never once seen it. Mr. Dix mentions a pair that nested in an old bee-house at Kilwendeage, in the north-east of the county, in the summer of 1866, and returned to the same spot the following year. He adds: ” This species is not at all numerous, I have only seen three birds besides those that bred at Kilwendeage; the men working in the gardens had never seen any before.” A few Redstarts are occasionally seen in the south of the county, as we learn from friends and correspondents.

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

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