Garganey – first and last dates

Anas querquedula – HWYADEN ASSFAINPassage migrant. Not recorded in November or December

For a more detailed analysis of records to 2010, see Garganey 2011

YearFirst sightingLast sightingNotes
198115 March31 August
19829 April3 October
198331 MarchNo autumn records
198425 March25 September
198524 March25 September
198615 AprilNo autumn records
19875 AprilNo autumn records
198811 AugustNo spring records
19899 AprilNo autumn records
199031 March2 September
199123 JulyNo spring records
19924 AprilNo autumn records
199310 May5 September
199417 AprilNo autumn records
199519 AprilNo autumn records
19969 MayNo autumn records
199725 AugustNo spring records
199816 AugustNo spring records
1999first week of May27 August
20005 MayNo autumn records
200116 April24 September
2002No records
2003No records
200414 May3 September
200530 April28 November
200623 MayNo autumn records
20073 MayNo autumn records
200819 AprilNo autumn records
200919 March13 September
201020 MarchNo autumn records
201119 April23 August
20127 MayNo autumn records
201324 MarchA good spring for this species
201418 May9 November
20152 April7 November
201623 MarchNo autumn records
201723 MarchNo autumn records
201831 MarchNo autumn records
201918 AprilNo autumn records

Records above extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports which may contain more information.

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Garganey – 2011

Anas querquedula – HWYADEN ASSFAINPassage migrant. Not recorded in November or December

The Garganey is a summer visitor to north and west Europe, which largely winters in southern Africa. Migration to winter quarters occurs late July to October, peaking through Europe in August and early September, with stragglers from November to February. Return movement begins in February, with the main passage through Europe from March to April. It is a scarse breeder in the UK.

Mathew (1894) described the Garganey as an annual summer visitor, while Lockley et al.(1949 ) provided four additional records of 10 birds.

Donovan and Rees (1994) stated the Garganey was almost annual in occurrence, usually occurring on fresh waters near the coast, such as Trefeiddan and Marloes Mere, between March and June, less regularly from July to October.

So far there has been no evidence of breeding in Pembrokeshire.

Spring passage has been recorded from the 8th March to the 11th June. One to four birds at a time have been noted but six together were at Newgale on the 16th March 1959. Eight birds in two years were recorded in spring during the 1950’s. Subsequent records are shown in graph form.

Single birds have been recorded in 17 years during autumn, up to 2011, between the 23rd July and the 26th September, plus one at Orielton on the 24th October 1939 and one at Skomer on the 28th November 2005.  

In winter Mathew (1894) recorded three shot at Pen y cwm on the 28th February 1888, Lockley et al noted captures at the Orielton Decoy on the 14th February and 22nd February 1889 and four were seen from a boat in Dale Roads on the 10th January 1968.

Garganey – Habitat

Frequents shallow fresh water with extensive cover, using salt water areas temporarily while on passage.

Pembrokeshire records relate to occurrences at fresh water sites at Marloes Mere, Trefeiddan, Treleddyn, Dowrog, Newgale Marsh, Orielton, Bosherston, Skokholm, Skomer, Thornton  Reservoir (now defunct), Pembroke Mill Pond, Teifi Marsh, Westfield Pill, “Esso” (Herbranston), Orielton, Goodwick Moor, Rosemoor, Nine Wells and Ivor’s Pond.

Birds in transit have been noted on or over saline and salt water at Hook Reach, Nevern Estuary, Dale Roads, Gann, off Skomer and at Strumble Head.

Garganey – Discussion

Several factors make it likely that the Garganey has probably been under recorded. It tends to keep within cover at its favoured fresh water sites, such unobtrusiveness suggesting it is easily overlooked.

Good views are necessary to separate females from the similarly plumaged Teal at all seasons, this also applying to juveniles in the autumn and even to males in moult that are not seen in flight. 

Graham Rees (County bird recorder 1981 to 2007)

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Garganey – 1994

Anas querquedula – HWYADEN ASSFAINPassage migrant. Not recorded in November or December

Mathew (1894) described the Garganey as an annual summer visitor, while Lockley et al. ( 1949 ) provide four additional records of 10 birds.

It is now almost annual in occurrence, up to six usually occurring on fresh waters near the coast, such as Trefeiddan and Marloes Mere, between March and June, less regularly from July to October. There are three records for February and one of four birds together in Dale Roads on 10 January 1968.

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

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Garganey

Anas querquedula – HWYADEN ASSFAINPassage migrant. Not recorded in November or December

Garganey – 2011

Anas querquedula – HWYADEN ASSFAIN – Passage migrant. Not recorded in November or December The Garganey is a summer visitor to north and west Europe, which largely winters in southern Africa. Migration to winter quarters occurs late July to October, peaking through Europe in August and early September, with stragglers from November to February. Return movement begins […]

Garganey – 1994

Anas querquedula – HWYADEN ASSFAIN – Passage migrant. Not recorded in November or December Mathew (1894) described the Garganey as an annual summer visitor, while Lockley et al. ( 1949 ) provide four additional records of 10 birds. It is now almost annual in occurrence, up to six usually occurring on fresh waters near the coast, such as Trefeiddan and […]

Garganey – 1949

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

Garganey – 1894

Querquedula circia An occasional summer visitor; rare. Included in Mr. Mathias’ list. Specimens in the Stackpole Court collection. Three were shot on a pond on a farm called Bramble, near Pen-y-cwm, in the north of the county, February 28, 1888. Mathew M.A. 1894, Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands More about the Garganey in Pembrokeshire