Spoonbill – 1949

Platalea laucorodia leucorodia

Bred in 1603 (George Owen). Mathew described it as “an occasional visitor . . not very rare” and gives the following records: eleven shot, Milford Haven, 1854-5; one near Mullock Bridge, 1854; seven Goodwick Sands, 1856; one Pembroke, 1867; one near St Davids 31 Oct 1890. 

Recent records: one Pembroke Estuary, winter 1911; and two Milford Haven, winter 1927 (W.F.Bentley); one Dowrog 20 Oct, 1928 (H.M.S.); three Slebech 19-22 May 1931 (Miss Stewart); the same three seen by Bertram Lloyd over about three weeks.

R.M.Lockley, G.C.S.Ingram, H.M.Salmon, 1949, The Birds of Pembrokeshire, The West Wales Field Society

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