Tufted Duck – 2003-07 breeding

Aythya fuligula – HWYADEN GOPOGWinter visitor and passage migrant.

Comparison with previous atlas:

Breeding confirmed1
Breeding probable3
Breeding possible1
No of tetrads occupied05 (of 490)
Percentage of tetrads1%

In the breeding season tufted ducks favour lowland fresh waters of moderate depths in the range two to five metres.

In Pembrokeshire, a wild bird bred with a captive one in 1988 but a fully wild pair hatched young at Marloes Mere in 1996 and again in 1997 and 1999. None were found breeding during the 1984-88 survey but in the 2003-07 period a pair produced a brood at Skomer in 2005 and again in 2006 and 2007. Probable breeding was also registered at Marloes Mere, Bosherston and Rosebush Reservoir with breeding season presence noted near St Davids.

Graham Rees. Pembrokeshire County Bird Recorder 1981-2007

Rees, et al. 2008, Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pembrokeshire 2003-07. Pembrokeshire Bird Group.

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