Rough-legged Buzzard – 1994

Buteo lagopusBoda BacsiogRare visitor. Not recorded from April to July

The bird was first recorded at St Bride’s in October 1899. Subsequently a total of 11 birds have occurred in nine years, mostly between 18 September and 9 November, in coastal areas ranging from St Davids to Lydstep including the islands of Skokholm and Skomer. Exceptions have been one at Porth Iddy on 14 August 1955 and at Caldey from 5 to 11 January 1975. One on Skomer on 22 October 1962 was still there when the island was vacated on 4 November and probably overwintered, since it was again present when the island was reoccupied on 24 February 1963, remaining until 2 March.

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


The Welsh Birds Rarities Committee has reviewed records of rough-legged buzzards, and considers the August 1955 record to be unacceptable.

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