Whooper Swan – 1894

WHOOPER, Cygnus musicus

A rare, occasional winter visitor; not many on record.

One, in the collection of the late Mr. John Stokes, at Cuffern, was shot many years ago at Pantyphillip, some three miles inland to the south of Fishguard. One at Stackpole frequented the lake there for some time, until it was shot by Lord Cawdor, with his rifle, from the bridge crossing the lake. Singularly enough, that same day, a party shooting through the covers in the park, brought in a specimen of Bewick’s Swan that had been shot out of a flock of six or seven passing over-head. Among the “various” captured in the decoy at Orielton, a Swan is included, but the species is not given.

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

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