Falco rusticolus – Hebog y Gogledd – Vagrant
One was shot at Stackpole prior to 1894 and preserved in the British Museum (Mathew 1894). The Museum have it recorded as a white-phase male owned by Earl Cawdor and later purchased from the Zoological Society (P. Colston pers. comm.). An immature captured alive at Boncath in March 1921 was presented to the London Zoological Society and died in June 1921 (C. Spence-Colby).
Additional record: June 1914 – 1916, Skomer. source J S Neale, Field, 9th July 1921:65. In BBRC archive as same Irish ‘at sea’ record.
More about the Gyr Falcon in Pembrokeshire
Species account from the Birds of Pembrokeshire, 1949, by Lockley, Ingram and Salmon.
GREENLAND FALCON, Hierofalco candicans A rare accidental visitor from the far north. A fine specimen of this beautiful Falcon shot many years ago on Lord Cawdor’s estate may still be seen in the Gallery of British Birds, at the South Kensington Natural History Museum. In the Zoologist, for 1850, Mr. James Tracy, of Pembroke, gives the following particulars of its capture: […]