Lesser Spotted Woodpecker – records

Dendrocopus minor – CNOCELL FRAITH LEIAF – Breeding resident

Given the decline of the lesser spotted woodpecker (which was never a common species in the county), all records since 2000 are given here

2000 – Reported from Llys y fran, Gelly, Millin, Sealyham, Crosswell, Wyndrush and Martletwy, no proof of breeding.

2001 – Reported from 9 sites with breeding at Felindre Farchog and 2 singing males at Gelly.

2002 – Two singing males Gelly and one Felindre Farchog 9 April. Only other records Llanmill 30 Sept, Narberth 18 Oct and Orielton 25 Nov.

2003 – Singles Millin Pill 4 Jan, Blackpool Mill 14 Feb, Orielton 30 May, Minwear Wood 12 July, a pair Llawhaden 5 Feb, 2 pairs probably bred Gelly.

2004 – Singles Blackpool Mill 5 March, Sealyham 31 July, Caldey Island 7 Nov, Hilton Woods 13 June and 23 Nov.    

2005 – 2 pairs probably bred Gelly; up to 3 birds seen Millin 13 Jan-8 Feb, pair seen Craig Y Borian in Sept. Singles Cilgerran 8 Feb, 10 April and 28 June, Narbeth 2 Mar, Rhodiad 16 Oct.

2006 – Singles Clarbeston Road 31 Jan, Nr Cunnigar 12 Feb, Lampeter Vale 14 Feb, Blackhill 11 March and Cilgerran Gorge 30 March. A pair probably bred in the Gelly area.

2007 – Reported from four sites. Singles at: Ffynone on 21 Jan., Lamphey on 20 Feb., at Gelly February — March & a single noted here in December. and two at Withybush Woods on 31 March.

2008 – All records were: one heard at Gelly February – March, a male heard calling and drumming at Picton on 9 April, noted here also on 10 April, 11 May & 30 May, a female at Millin Pill on 2 Feb. and one Cilgerran Gorge on 18 Sept.

2009 – Only one record this year of a juvenile bird near Llandilo 20 July — 28 Aug (PJ).

2010 – There were only three records: at Landshipping on 23 April, at Pengelli Forest on 11 May and at Llandilo on 5 Sept (same site as last year’s record).

2011 – Singles at Blackpool Mill 3 Feb, Trecwn on 12 April and Llandilo 16 Nov

2012 – Just four records, singles at Heritage Park on 18 Jan, Pengelli on 14 March, Llawhaden on 29 March and Redberth on 5 Sept.

2014 – Two records received of singles at Sam’s Wood on 13 Jan and at Picton Castle on 9 April

2018 – Single drumming at Ty Canol on 5 May.

2019 – The only record was of one drumming in Ty Canol 6 May.

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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