Crane – records

Grus grusGaran (Cyffredin)Rare visitor

1994 – Trehill Farm/Marloes Mere 20-22 October (GHR, JWD et al)

1999 – two at Crug-las Farm, near St Davids 15-31 Dec (JWD et al)

2001 – one, Jordanston, near Mathry, 4-6 Jan (JWD et al)

2010 – An immature bird was first located around Castlemartin Corse on 9th Nov remained in that area until the 21st. The same bird was subsequently seen flying east in Glamorgan and also in Gwent (per CH).

2017 – One was photographed in fields near Goodwick on 13 & 14 Feb while three were observed flying over Skokholm & Skomer on 25 Mar (GE, RB). They were also reported over Ceredigion later that day and over Anglesey the next day. Quite possibly they were the same birds that were seen in Cleveland and East Yorkshire a few days later.

Source – Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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Crane – 1994

Grus grusGaran (Cyffredin)Rare visitor

Cranes migrate along the western European seaboard, a few wandering off course to Britain, mostly to the east coast of England, rarely as far west as Pembrokeshire. Mathew (1894) provides just one record, an adult captured near Solva on 28 April 1893 and regarded by H.W. Evans as “the prize in his collection of British birds”. The next was one at Marloes on 30 October 1960 followed by single birds in 1971 at Tiers Cross (9 April), Skomer (10 April) and Llawhaden (11-26 April), which despite its solitary state frequently indulged in its dancing display, at Nevern Estuary and Moylgrove from 5 to 16 December 1978 and at the Gann on 3 October 1986.

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

NB

1960 – BBRC has Marloes on 30 October 1959, BB Vol 54

1978 records – 1 imm. at Newport on 5th and 6th Dec., 1 at Moyle Grove from 13th to 16th Dec. (Welsh Bird Report 1978)

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Crane – 1894

Grus communis

Mr. H. W. Evans, of Harbour House, Solva, possesses a very fine example, an adult in full plumage, of this rare occasional visitor to the British Islands, where, in ancient days, it was a regular summer migrant to the eastern counties. This specimen was captured April 28, 1893, on Vachelich Farm, between Solva and St. David’s, and we have been informed by Mr. Evans that it weighed 11 3/4 lbs. in the meat, and measured 6 ft. 9 in. across the extended wings from tip to tip. “It had been seen on Clegyr Issaf Farm some days before, and was in grand plumage and condition.” Mr. Evans justly regards this beautiful bird as the prize in his collection of British birds.

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

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Crane

Grus grusGaran (Cyffredin)Rare visitor

Crane – records

Grus grus – Garan (Cyffredin) – Rare visitor 1994 – Trehill Farm/Marloes Mere 20-22 October (GHR, JWD et al) 1999 – two at Crug-las Farm, near St Davids 15-31 Dec (JWD et al) 2001 – one, Jordanston, near Mathry, 4-6 Jan (JWD et al) 2010 – An immature bird was first located around Castlemartin Corse […]

Crane – 1994

Grus grus – Garan (Cyffredin) – Rare visitor Cranes migrate along the western European seaboard, a few wandering off course to Britain, mostly to the east coast of England, rarely as far west as Pembrokeshire. Mathew (1894) provides just one record, an adult captured near Solva on 28 April 1893 and regarded by H.W. Evans […]

Common Crane – 1949

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

Crane – 1894

Grus communis Mr. H. W. Evans, of Harbour House, Solva, possesses a very fine example, an adult in full plumage, of this rare occasional visitor to the British Islands, where, in ancient days, it was a regular summer migrant to the eastern counties. This specimen was captured April 28, 1893, on Vachelich Farm, between Solva and St. David’s, and […]