Teal – 1894

Querquedula crecca

A common winter visitor; perhaps, also a resident in limited numbers.

Although we have no evidence that it does so, we consider it extremely likely that a few pairs of Teal may nest annually in suitable places in the county. Every winter little flocks of Teal made their appearance on the Cleddy beneath Stone Hall, where it was comparatively easy to get shots at them by following the river in its windings, as the birds generally dropped into corners of the stream where willows and rushes afforded shelter. Very frequently, too, we used to come across single Teal when after Snipe, flushing them from drains, warm ditches, and small rush-bordered pools, thus adding variety to our bag. A buff-coloured Teal in the National Collection at South Kensington was presented by Lord Cawdor, and came from Stackpole.

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

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