Pintail – breeding records

Anas acuta – HWYADEN LOSTFAIN – Winter visitor and passage migrant. Has bred

There are very few breeding records in Wales

Skomer

1988 – 2 pairs bred and raised 2 chicks to fledging.  This is a new breeding record for the island and for Wales.

1989 – 4 pairs bred raising 10 young (broods of 4, 3, & 3)

1990 – 2 pairs attempted to breed but were not successful

1991 – It was considered that 2 pairs tried to breed but were unsuccessful

1992 – 2 broods seen on 6 June, but not an any subsequent day.

1993 – 1 pair bred and 1 chick seen on 2 May did not fledge

1994 – 4-5 pairs bred and 7 chicks fledged.

1995 – 2 pairs bred and two chicks fledged from North Pond

1996 – 2 pairs were thought to breed, but no broods were seen

1997 – One pair bred, one bird fledged from island.  Duckling first recorded 20 June.  The female and, especially, the fledged bird did have mallard characteristics suggesting hybridisation.

1998 – The presumed mallard-pintail hybrid was present, and was thought to have bred (with a mallard)

1999 – female mallard x pintail hybrid was present on North Pond intermittently throughout the season, mating with a mallard, but no chicks survived to fledging.

2000 – a female mallard x pintail hybrid was present on North Pond intermittently throughout the season, mating with a mallard, but no chicks survived to fledging.

2001 – A female mallard x pintail was present on North Pond intermittently throughout the season.  Two breeding attempts (with a mallard) resulted in the offspring being predated by gulls on both occasions.

2002 – A pair toured the island ponds between 4 and 24 April.  The female reappeared on 11 June and was reported at North Pond with six chicks on 20 June.  The chicks did not survive a day, and the female was last seen on 21 June.

2007 – a female Pintail x mallard hybrid was seen at the North Pond on 6th April with 13 chicks, but was not seen subsequently.

Skokholm

1993 – One pair probably attempted to breed, unsuccessfully, and had departed by early May

1994 – pair seen on 20 April only

1995 – Pair staying throughout April, but breeding was not confirmed

1996 – One pair frequented North Pond throughout March, briefly reappeared in mid-April but breeding not suspected

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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