Greenshank – 1994

Tringa nebularia – PIBYDD COESWERDD – Winter visitor and passage migrant

The Greenshank was classified by Mathew (1894) as an occasional autumn visitor and by Lockley et al. (1949) as a regular autumn and winter visitor.

Migrant Greenshanks pass through Pembrokeshire regularly from July to October when up to five are seen at coastal localities, including the Teifi, Nevern and Cleddau estuaries, with occasional larger numbers such as 35 at Hook in August 1984 and 60 at the Gann in September 1969. They are sometimes seen passing headlands and stopping at the offshore islands, including Grassholm and the Smalls, and are heard passing over the county at night. There has been just one record at an inland water, on a small pool near Hayscastle on 7 and 8 September 1989.

On average about 25 Greenshanks winter on the Cleddau Estuary, where they arrive from mid- July (occasionally from late June) and depart from March to early April, which suggests that these birds probably breed in Scotland. Six birds were at Frainslake in January and February 1985.

They are less numerous in spring than in autumn, with up to three appearing on the offshore islands and coastal pools, such as the Gann, from May to early June.

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

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Greenshank – 1980s winter

Tringa nebularia – PIBYDD COESWERDD – Winter visitor and passage migrant

The BTO winter atlas showed that Greenshanks were present in six estuarine 10km squares during the winters of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84.

The darkest colour represents over 6 birds seen a day. It is likely that the birds concerned were Scottish breeders.

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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Greenshank – 1894

Totanus canescens – An autumn visitor.

This fine Sandpiper is not very uncommon. Mr. Tracy says: “It is occasionally taken in the autumn.” We have seen a fine specimen at the house of Mr. John Worthington, Glyn-y-mel, Fishguard, that was shot by Sir Hugh Owen, at Goodwick. Our friend, the Rev. Marcus S. C. Rickards, vicar of Twigworth, Gloucester, obtained a Greenshank on Caldy Island, during a recent visit to Tenby. He writes: “Not many days after my arrival, I rowed over to Caldy Island, on the shore of which I started a Greenshank. After disembarking and walking inland, I roused a pair by the margin of a pool. They rose with the accustomed cry, and flew up the hills chasing and toying around each other in a very graceful and interesting manner. This was, to the best of my recollection, about the 25th August.”

The Greenshank nests commonly by the sides of lochs in the north of Scotland.

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

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Greenshank

Tringa nebularia – PIBYDD COESWERDD – Winter visitor and passage migrant

Greenshank – 1994

Tringa nebularia – PIBYDD COESWERDD – Winter visitor and passage migrant The Greenshank was classified by Mathew (1894) as an occasional autumn visitor and by Lockley et al. (1949) as a regular autumn and winter visitor. Migrant Greenshanks pass through Pembrokeshire regularly from July to October when up to five are seen at coastal localities, including the Teifi, […]

Greenshank – 1980s winter

Tringa nebularia – PIBYDD COESWERDD – Winter visitor and passage migrant The BTO winter atlas showed that Greenshanks were present in six estuarine 10km squares during the winters of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84. The darkest colour represents over 6 birds seen a day. It is likely that the birds concerned were Scottish breeders. More about the […]

Greenshank – 1949

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

Greenshank – 1894

Totanus canescens – An autumn visitor. This fine Sandpiper is not very uncommon. Mr. Tracy says: “It is occasionally taken in the autumn.” We have seen a fine specimen at the house of Mr. John Worthington, Glyn-y-mel, Fishguard, that was shot by Sir Hugh Owen, at Goodwick. Our friend, the Rev. Marcus S. C. Rickards, vicar of Twigworth, Gloucester, obtained […]