Great Grey Shrike – Records

Lanius excubitorCigydd MawrScarce winter visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from June to September

Previous records are summarised in Great Grey Shrike – 1994

1993 – One at West Williamston 28 Nov

1994 – One in Lawrenny/Deal’s Cross area 2 Jan (JWD, GHB)

1996  – One Kilgetty, 27 March (RE)

1997 – One Moylegrove 8 Feb

1998 – One Slebech Park c12 Dec (WC)

1999 – One Blackpool Mill 9-11 Jan (JB, TJP)

2002 – One Skomer 10 Oct (DC).

2004 – One was present St Davids Head 31 Oct (MYP et al).  This may have been the same bird which was at St Davids airfield 12-19 Nov (BD et al)

2008 – One turned up and was seen by a few lucky people at Llys-y-fran  Reservoir 22-24 Jan.  It then relocated to Ty Rhyg where it was seen and enjoyed my many, 10 Feb until 22 April (MYP et al) Photo above.

2009 –  A rare winter visitor. One at Ty Rhyg from 13th – 21st Mar at least. A grey shrike on Ramsey on 4th June could have been Great Grey, Lesser or Steppe Grey but was never specifically identified.

2010 – Singles Pen Anglas 16th-17th Oct, Ty Rhyg 23rd Oct & 14th Nov, Llys y fran Res 24th Oct and a long staying individual at the Teifi Marshes 18th Jan – 9th Apr.

2011 – Two wintering individuals were located, the returning Ty Rhyg bird, 3rd – 26th March, returning again 26th Oct – 28th Dec and a second bird in Pantmaenog Forest from 4th Mar, returning there 22nd Oct until the end of the year.

2012 – A single Ty Rhyg from 2nd Jan – 11th Apr and a different bird was located at Pantmaenog from 21st Mar until April and again on 27th Oct- 2nd Dec.

2013 – The only record was of a single at Pencarnan, St. Davids from 16th-22nd Nov

2015 – One at the Gann on 17th Oct was the only record received.

2018 – Singles at Pantmaenog 9 Feb, Plumstone Mountain on 16 March and 2 Nov also Myndd Craig Iwydd on 28 Oct.

2019 – A single wintering bird at Plumstone Mountain, present 22 Feb – 8 April, presumably the same returning bird there 23 Dec until the end of the year. Another bird seen Puncheston 22 Jan & 6 – 7 April.

2020 – The only mainland record received was of one at Plumstone Mountain 5 – 26 Mar. Otherwise one on Skomer 7 Nov, 4th island record.

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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Great Grey Shrike – 1994

Lanius excubitorCigydd MawrScarce winter visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from June to September

Recorded only twice prior to 1955, at Wolf’s Castle “some years ago” (Mathew 1894) and at Newport on 7 January 1946 (Lockley et al. 1949), Great Grey Shrikes have been noted in 18 years subsequently. There appears to be a small but erratic passage in the periods 13 October to 22 November and March to early April, with a late bird at Freshwater West on 21 May 1960. Most are recorded from heathy areas of the mainland, but they have twice occurred at Skomer.

They were recorded in winter (December to February) at Hayscastle in 1962, at Rosebush in 1964-1965, at Mathry in 1967, at Wiston in 1969, at Newport in 1970, at Crosswell in 1974, at Roch in 1977, at Carn lngli in 1979, at Lower Haythog in 1983 and at Hook in 1989.

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

GREAT GREY SHRIKE – one, at the Gann on 7th November, 1965. Seen by Stuart Devonald, in the hedge bordering the saltings near Mullock Bridge. This record is an addition to those in “Birds of Pembrokeshire” (Donovan & Rees 1994).

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Great Grey Shrike – 1894

Lanius excubitor – A very rare winter visitor.

This species is far from rare in the winter on the northern and eastern coasts of England, and, like many other birds visiting this kingdom from the east, very rarely penetrates so far to the west as to reach the south-western corner of Wales. Indeed, the only county example we know of is one we have been informed of by Mr. H. Mathias, that was killed some years ago by the late Rev. W. Webb-Bowen, of Camrose, at Wolfsdale in that parish. This is the specimen that was in the collection of Mr. R. J. Ackland, at Boulston.

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

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Great Grey Shrike

Lanius excubitorCigydd MawrScarce winter visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from June to September

Great Grey Shrike – Records

Lanius excubitor – Cigydd Mawr – Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from June to September Previous records are summarised in Great Grey Shrike – 1994 1993 – One at West Williamston 28 Nov 1994 – One in Lawrenny/Deal’s Cross area 2 Jan (JWD, GHB) 1996  – One Kilgetty, 27 March (RE) 1997 […]

Great Grey Shrike – 1894

Lanius excubitor – A very rare winter visitor. This species is far from rare in the winter on the northern and eastern coasts of England, and, like many other birds visiting this kingdom from the east, very rarely penetrates so far to the west as to reach the south-western corner of Wales. Indeed, the only county example we know of […]