Nightingale – 1994

Luscinia megarhynchosEosScarce visitor

Mathew (1894) did not record the Nightingale but Lockley et al. (1949) noted one singing at Pointz Castle from 12 to 31 May 1948 and speculated whether claims at Amroth in 1923 and Wiston in 1936 and 1944 should have been taken seriously.

Since then single Nightingales have been observed in 20 years between 1951 and 1992, but not more than three have been recorded in any one year. Most have occurred in spring, between 20 April and 31 May, some singing for three weeks at localities including Llys-y-fran, Lawrenny and West Williamston. Autumn records all come from the islands of Skokholm and Skomer between 14 August and 25 September.

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

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