Hobby – records

Falco subbuteo – HEBOG YR EHEDYDD – Passage migrant

Earlier records are summarised in Hobby 1994

Number of individuals recorded each month (if a bird stayed into a second month, it is counted in that month too).

YearJFMAMJJASOND
1993  11  3  
1994  2  111 
1995 1241 2  
1996  12121 1
1997  7   62 
1998  31  12 
1999 11 1  41
2000  22 22 1
2001 121111 1
2002  2  4321
2003 1 3   21
2004    31 1 
2005   2 221 
2006  35  36 
2007     1 21
2008  121 12 
2009  121122 
2010 22113   
2011  2 3222 
2012 11212   
2013 12132 2 
2014   31 13 
2015  23123  
2016 1  12 1 
2017  1  1   
2018  54314  
2019 231 131 

Note that in some years, breeding has been suspected, but not confirmed.

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports which contain more detail.

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Hobby – 2003-07 breeding

Falco subbuteo – HEBOG YR EHEDYDD – Passage migrant

Several summer sightings during the atlas period (typically in May/June) thought to involve non-breeding migrants which may have summered. Those of note included one in the Roch area 18th June 2005; a late June record at Rudbaxton in 2006; and one close to suitable breeding habitat near Cresselly in August 2006.

Rees G.H., Haycock R.J., Haycock A, Hodges J.E., Sutcliffe S.J., Jenks P, and Dobbins R. 2008, Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pembrokeshire 2003-07. Pembrokeshire Bird Group.

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Hobby – 1994

Falco subbuteo – HEBOG YR EHEDYDD – Passage migrant

Single Hobbies have been recorded about 40 times in only eleven years between 1871 and 1969, but since then up to ten have been seen annually. Records refer to the periods 21 April to 23 June (with a very early migrant being seen at Castell Henllys on 24 March 1989) and 8 August to 3 November. A pair summered in 1989, and attempted breeding is possible, for this falcon has been extending its range in recent years and now nests in south-east Wales.

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

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Hobby – 1894

Falco subbuteo

A summer visitor; rare; also seen in autumn when on passage.

There are but few records of the Hobby, but it has probably sometimes occurred undetected. Sir Hugh Owen saw one at Goodwick in 1871, and writes to us: “Can’t mistake a Hobby with his black-brown back, cream-coloured breast, and great length of wing, like a gigantic Swift.” One shot at Dale, October 3rd, 1888, was brought to Jeffreys, the bird-stuffer, in Haverfordwest; another, at about the same date, was obtained at the Rhysgwyllt, Letterston.

The Hobby, being quite a bird of the woods, would not often be expected in such a bare and generally treeless county as Pembrokeshire.

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

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Falco subbuteo – HEBOG YR EHEDYDD – Passage migrant

Hobby – records

Falco subbuteo – HEBOG YR EHEDYDD – Passage migrant Earlier records are summarised in Hobby 1994 Number of individuals recorded each month (if a bird stayed into a second month, it is counted in that month too). Year J F M A M J J A S O N D 1993     1 1 […]

Hobby – 2003-07 breeding

Falco subbuteo – HEBOG YR EHEDYDD – Passage migrant Several summer sightings during the atlas period (typically in May/June) thought to involve non-breeding migrants which may have summered. Those of note included one in the Roch area 18th June 2005; a late June record at Rudbaxton in 2006; and one close to suitable breeding habitat […]

Hobby – 1994

Falco subbuteo – HEBOG YR EHEDYDD – Passage migrant Single Hobbies have been recorded about 40 times in only eleven years between 1871 and 1969, but since then up to ten have been seen annually. Records refer to the periods 21 April to 23 June (with a very early migrant being seen at Castell Henllys […]

Hobby – 1949

Falco subbuteo subbuteo Mathew records it at Goodwick, 1871; Dale 3 Oct 1888; Letterston c 1888.  One Ramsey 30 May 1939; one Monk Haven, 18 Sept 1939 (Tommy Warren Davis) R.M.Lockley, G.C.S.Ingram, H.M.Salmon, 1949, The Birds of Pembrokeshire, The West Wales Field Society More about the Hobby in Pembrokeshire

Hobby – 1894

Falco subbuteo A summer visitor; rare; also seen in autumn when on passage. There are but few records of the Hobby, but it has probably sometimes occurred undetected. Sir Hugh Owen saw one at Goodwick in 1871, and writes to us: “Can’t mistake a Hobby with his black-brown back, cream-coloured breast, and great length of wing, like a gigantic Swift.” One […]

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Falco subbuteo – HEBOG YR EHEDYDD – Passage migrant