Firecrest – 1994

Regulus ignicapillus – DRYW PENFFLAMGOCH – Passage migrant and winter visitor. Not recorded in July and August

Up to 14 Firecrests per year have been recorded in 29 years since the first was seen in 1949, a bird at Skomer on 17 April. They were noted in seven out of 10 years in the 1980s. A few were recorded in spring, between 11 March and 7 May, but most were in the autumn, between 21 September and 23 November. One was at Skokholm on 13 June 1988.

Winter Firecrests have been located in eight of the past 12 years but may well be more regular than the record suggests, as they are easily overlooked in woodland and dense cover.

Donovan J.W. & Rees G.H, 1994, Birds of Pembrokeshire

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