Upupa epops – COPOG – Annual visitor. Not recorded in November
Mathew (1894) remarked that if the Hoopoe was not seen every year then only a short interval passed between occurences, and Lockley et al. (1949) were of the same opinion. That remained the situation until increased observer cover bridged the ‘intervals’ to show that the birds do occur every year. However, despite the growth in the number of observers, fewer birds were seen during the 1980s compared with the 1960s, when up to ten in a spring were noted. Two to four is more normal now.
Hoopoes have arrived in Pembrokeshire as early as February but most come from March to May, with nearly half in April. A few are seen in June and July with a small autumn arrival from August to late October. One remarkable individual wintered on Tenby Golf Course, being first seen on 14 December 1963 and staying until March 1964.