Great Egret – records

Ardea alba – CREYR MAWR GWYN – Vagrant, but now increasingly regular visitor.

1988 – One was seen near St Davids on 12 April

2003 – Pembrokeshire Newport, 5th August, colour-ringed (P.K.Grennard); presumed same bird as Carmarthenshire.

2006 – One Strumble Hd 4 Sept (GHR, RR, RS,RW). Third Pembrokeshire record.

2008 – A single bird was seen at Mullock on 17 Oct, this was the 4th record for the county (PR & RR).

2011 – The only accepted record was of an individual at Bosherston on 30th Nov (CH),

2012 – Two records of single birds flying through the county, the first at Ramsey on 15th May, the other flew past Fishguard Fort & up the Gwaun Valley on 4th Sept

2013 – Although now breeding not that far away in the UK & reported widely from other parts of Wales still a very difficult bird to catch up with in the county. A single at Marloes Mere on 6th June (BS) & another flew over Fishguard on 30th Oct (AR). One on the Cleddau on 24th Nov  (T. Lewis, I. Martin).

2014 – A single bird at Bosherston on 30th March (CH) photo opposite. Another was seen on St. David’s Airfield on 21st Apr (BD) and finally a third bird at Castlemartin Corse on 1st Nov (EL).

2015 – An immature observed flying over Skomer on 15th May (EMS) was the first record for the island

2016 – Two birds reported at Radford Farm Milton on 31st Oct, a single recorded at different areas of the Teifi from 16th to 25th July at least & another on the Teifi Marshes on 24th Nov and one over Skomer on 14th Sept

2017 – All records were of singles at Mullock Bridge on 21st Jan, Millin Pill on 26th May and at Sealyham on 14th Nov, except for two at Trefeiddan Marsh on 9th Oct. 

2018 – Singles: Goodwick Moor 30th Jan, Teifi Estuary 4th Feb, Penally 9th Feb, New Hedges 27th Feb, St. David’s 27th Apr, Landshipping 19th Oct, Picton Point and at Teifi Marshes 5th Dec. Three over Pencarnan, St. David’s and Martin’s Haven on 30th Sept, four passed over Brynberian on 21st Oct (having been seen previously passing Aberaeron, Ceredigion).

2019 – Singles at Teifi Marshes & Gann 5 May (possibly the same bird), on Skokholm 5 July, on the Teifi 18 Sept and at Treleddyn Farm, St. Davids 20 Oct.

2020 – All records were of singles unless stated: Langwm 8 June, Velfrey Vineyard 12 July, passing Strumble Head going west on 25 Aug. Small influx in mid-September: three passing Trefin on 18th, one at Gann 18th, two moving east past Fishguard on 19th; one Carew 20th. In October, two at the Gann on 1st, single over Skokholm on 15th, at Nevern Est on 15th and Teifi Marshes 16th. In November at Gann 5 Nov, Pembroke Millponds 18 Nov and two on the Pembroke River 5 Nov.

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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