Avocet – records

Recurvirostra avosetta – CAMBIG – Rare visitor

Records prior to 2008 are summarised in Avocet – 2008

Records from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

2000 – Singles Angle Bay 15 Jan (KJSD); Nevern Est 22 Dec (SB, SEB)

2002 – One, Little Milford, 12 January to 4 March.

2004 – A single, Gann 4 – 14 April (ME et al)

2010 – Singles reported from Sandy Haven/Gann 3 – 4 January, and on Pembroke River 1 April.

2011 – One was seen at Sprinkle Pill on 13 and 19 February.

2017 – The only record was of two on Skokholm on 20 April

2018 – The only record was of one at Hook on 30 December

2019 – Four at Landshipping 21 Nov, and singles at Sprinkle Pill 1 – 7 Jan and at Rhos / Hook 24 Nov – 20 Dec.

2020 – The only records were of a single at Hook 12 Jan – 17 Feb and two on the Teifi Estuary 11 June, although they were mainly seen on the Ceredigion side.

Records from WeBS counts on the Cleddau Estuary

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Avocet – 2008

Recurvirostra avosetta – CAMBIG – Rare visitor

The breeding range of the Avocet is from Africa to the south west of Asia and Europe north to Holland, with an increasing population in eastern England.

The Avocet was first put on record for Pembrokeshire by Mathew (1894), who noted one taken near Tenby about 1883 and mentioned two specimens from near Pembroke but gave no further information. A total of 28 birds have been recorded in the county since then, with occurrences in four springs, three autumns and 10 winters.

Spring records were: four at the Nevern Estuary from the 10th to the 12th May 1993, one there on the 10th and 11th May 1996, singles at the Gann on the 26 April 1999 and the 4th to the 14th May 2004.

Autumn records were: two at the Nevern Estuary on the 17th to the 19th September 1976, singles at Picton Point on the 21st September 1999 and Nevern Estuary on the 13th October 2005.

Winter records were: two near Pembroke in the winter of 1900, Three “off Milford Haven in winter” 1927, one Carew on the 1st to the 3rd February 1923, two Little Milford on the 29th January 1954 and four there on the 29th January 1955, one Hook Reach from the 10th November to the 15th December 1974, one Angle Bay on the 15th November 1992, another there on the 15th January 2000, one at the Nevern Estuary on the 22nd December 2000 and one at Little Milford from the 12th January to the 4th March 2002.

The record so far suggests that the tidal Western Cleddau has been the only place that Avocets have favoured for any length of time. It seems worth noting that in this context, the dates published for Little Milford in 1954 and 1955 were arrival dates, contemporary verbal communication was that the birds concerned were in that area through the winter.   

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Avocet – 1994

Recurvirostra avosetta – CAMBIG – Rare visitor

Two Avocets were taken near Pembroke, but no date was given, and one near Tenby in about 1883 (Mathew 1894). Lockley et al. (1949) listed two at Pembroke River in the winter of 1900, three at Milford Haven in the winter of 1927, and one at Carew from 1 to 3 February 1923. Since then the following sightings have been recorded: two at Little Milford on 29 January 1954, four there on 29 January 1955, one at Sandy Haven on 20 September 1972, one at Hook Reach from 10 November to 15 December 1974, two at Nevem Estuary from 17 to 19 September 1976 and on 14 March 1981, and one at Angle Bay on 15 November 1992. It is a little surprising that it does not occur more frequently considering its increase as a British breeding bird, and the large number which winter on estuaries in Devon and Cornwall.

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

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Avocet – 1894

Recurvirostra avocetta

A rare accidental visitor.

The singular and graceful Avocet, once a regular summer visitor in considerable numbers to the fen-lands of the eastern counties of England, is now only a chance visitor to our shores, and is very rarely observed in the south-western parts of the kingdom. When it now appears it is generally in the winter time.

Mr. Tracy states that he received two to stuff that had been killed in the neighbourhood of Pembroke in the winter, but does not give the dates. One of them is, doubtless, the beautiful specimen in the Stackpole collection Mr. Dix speaks of as having been killed near Pembroke. Mr. C. Jefferys has informed us that an Avocet was shot near Tenby about the year 1883. We know of no other occurrences. Two Avocets in Col. Montagu’s collection, labelled ”South Wales,” may have come from Pembrokeshire, a county with which the Colonel appears to have been well acquainted.

Mathew M.A. 1894, Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands

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Avocet

Recurvirostra avosetta – CAMBIG – Rare visitor

Avocet – records

Recurvirostra avosetta – CAMBIG – Rare visitor Records prior to 2008 are summarised in Avocet – 2008 Records from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports 2000 – Singles Angle Bay 15 Jan (KJSD); Nevern Est 22 Dec (SB, SEB) 2002 – One, Little Milford, 12 January to 4 March. 2004 – A single, Gann 4 – 14 April (ME et […]

Avocet – 2008

Recurvirostra avosetta – CAMBIG – Rare visitor The breeding range of the Avocet is from Africa to the south west of Asia and Europe north to Holland, with an increasing population in eastern England. The Avocet was first put on record for Pembrokeshire by Mathew (1894), who noted one taken near Tenby about 1883 and […]

Avocet – 1994

Recurvirostra avosetta – CAMBIG – Rare visitor Two Avocets were taken near Pembroke, but no date was given, and one near Tenby in about 1883 (Mathew 1894). Lockley et al. (1949) listed two at Pembroke River in the winter of 1900, three at Milford Haven in the winter of 1927, and one at Carew from 1 to […]

Avocet – 1949

Species account from the Birds of Pembrokeshire, 1949, by Lockley, Ingram and Salmon.

Avocet – 1894

Recurvirostra avocetta A rare accidental visitor. The singular and graceful Avocet, once a regular summer visitor in considerable numbers to the fen-lands of the eastern counties of England, is now only a chance visitor to our shores, and is very rarely observed in the south-western parts of the kingdom. When it now appears it is generally in the winter time. […]