Bewick’s Swan – 1994

Cygnus columbianus – ALARCH BEWICK – Winter visitor. Not recorded from May to October

All Mathew’s (1894) occurrences were near St Davids, one shot at Trefeiddan in November 1887 being the first, while five others were shot in the same area later in the winter and “plucked and roasted”, one in 1890 when many swans, probably Bewick’s, were present (including flocks of up to 50 birds). A flock of 15 in November 1892 was probably also this species. Lockley et al. (1949) give one further record dated 1905.

Bewick’s Swans have occurred more frequently since 1950, when one was at Dowrog on 17 April, with flocks of up to 26 passing through in most years from late October to December and March to April. Others arrive in response to hard winter weather to the east. The maximum occurred during the cold winter weather of early 1985 when there was a total of at least 49 Bewick’s Swans in Pembrokeshire, with a herd of 32 at Hendre Eynon on 25 January.

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

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Bewick’s Swan – 1980s winter

Cygnus columbianus – ALARCH BEWICK – Winter visitor. Not recorded from May to October

The BTO winter atlas showed that Bewick’s Swans were present in seven10km squares during the winters of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84.

The darker the colour, the higher the relative total count for each 10km square.  The darkest blue represents 9-29 birds, the maximum in Pembrokeshire during the period being ten in 1981 during a cold weather influx.

Graham Rees. Pembrokeshire County Bird Recorder 1981-2007

Data collected by volunteers for the BTO. Lack, P. 1986 Atlas of wintering birds in Britain and Ireland. T & A.D. Poyser.

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Bewick’s Swan – 1949

Cygnus bewickii bewickii

Mathew gives the following records: Trevithan Pool, 10 Nov 1887. five immatures near St Davids, 1887; an immature near St Davids Dec 1890, in which winter many swans were seen; and a herd of fifteen there November 1892, probably of this species. 

One other in 1905.  No recent records.

R.M.Lockley, G.C.S.Ingram, H.M.Salmon, 1949, The Birds of Pembrokeshire, The West Wales Field Society

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Bewick Swan – 1894

Cygnus bewicki

An occasional winter visitor.

This small species of Swan is a not uncommon visitor to the S.W. parts of the kingdom, and cannot be considered rare in Pembrokeshire, where, during our own limited acquaintance with the county, we knew of several instances of its occurrence, and secured a fine example for our collection.

On Nov. 10th, 1887, a fine adult was shot on Trevithan Pool, near St. David’s, by Mr. Harding Harries. The bird was seen on the water in company with a flock of tame geese, and when Mr. Harries approached, instead of taking wing, it swam among the geese and endeavoured to conceal itself in their midst, sinking its body as much as it could, and bending down its graceful neck. Mr. Harries waded into the water, and, with a single shot, laid the beautiful stranger dead upon its back.

Five other Bewick Swans, all immature birds, were shot by a farmer, near St. David’s, in the winter of 1887; all these are said to have been plucked and roasted. Another young Bewick’s Swan, in dirty white plumage, was shot near St. David’s, in December, 1890, and sent to Jeffreys, in Haverfordwest, to be stuffed. Many Swans, probably all belonging to this species, were observed in various parts of the county that severe winter, and flocks, numbering fifty birds, were seen flying over.

Mr. Jefferys, of Tenby, informs us that he received a specimen of Bewick’s Swan from the neighbourhood of St. David’s, evidently a favourite locality for the birds, as it is the nearest point to the opposite coast of Ireland, where these swans are seen by the thousand during the winter, and that he sold it to a Mr. Mason, of Burton-on-Trent. A flock of Wild Swans, numbering about fifteen, is reported as having been seen at St. David’s at the beginning of November, 1892. These were probably Bewick’s Swans.

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

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Cygnus columbianus – ALARCH BEWICK – Winter visitor. Not recorded from May to October

Bewick’s Swan – 1994

Cygnus columbianus – ALARCH BEWICK – Winter visitor. Not recorded from May to October All Mathew’s (1894) occurrences were near St Davids, one shot at Trefeiddan in November 1887 being the first, while five others were shot in the same area later in the winter and “plucked and roasted”, one in 1890 when many swans, […]

Bewick’s Swan – 1980s winter

Cygnus columbianus – ALARCH BEWICK – Winter visitor. Not recorded from May to October The BTO winter atlas showed that Bewick’s Swans were present in seven10km squares during the winters of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84. The darker the colour, the higher the relative total count for each 10km square.  The darkest blue represents 9-29 birds, the maximum […]

Bewick Swan – 1894

Cygnus bewicki An occasional winter visitor. This small species of Swan is a not uncommon visitor to the S.W. parts of the kingdom, and cannot be considered rare in Pembrokeshire, where, during our own limited acquaintance with the county, we knew of several instances of its occurrence, and secured a fine example for our collection. On Nov. 10th, 1887, a […]