Honey Buzzard – records

Pernis apivorus – Boda’r MêlRare visitor

Previous records summarised in Honey Buzzard 1994

1995 – Singles were at Marloes 11 April (GHR) and soaring over Pantmaenog Forest 6 May (GHR)

1996 – An individual came in off the sea at Porthlisky on 28 April (MEB), one at Skokholm 6 June and one at Slebech 20 Aug (JWD)

1998 – one at Dinas Island 4 July (MSh)

1999 – Passage birds noted over Ramsey 22 April (RH) and going east Strumble Head 25 Oct (CB, GHR)

2000 –  Singles in September at Skomer on the 16th (JGB) (3rd record for the island) and at Whitchurch on the 30th (MS).

2001 – A single flew south over Newgale 26 Aug.  (MB).

2003 – Single seen coming in off the sea at Strumble Hd 22 Aug (CB, GHR, RS). But see also 2017 Skokholm below for a record that did not get into the Bird Report.

2004 – One on Ramsey on 24 Sept was the only record (GJW).

2005 – Single seen coming in off the sea at Strumble Head, 7 Aug (GHR)

2009 – There were three records of singles on passage in the autumn: at Stumble Head on 7 and 13 August (GHR) and at Dale Airfield 25 Sept (AH)

2011 – The only record was of a single bird on Ramsey on 19th Apr (LM).

2012 – The only record was of one was seen on Skomer on 27th May (DRM).

2013 – The only record was of one over the Deer Park, Martin’s Haven on 20th Sept.

2017 – What was presumably the same bird was seen over Skomer then Llanychaer on 27th June. The only other record was of one over Skokholm on 24th May.

One on 24th May which briefly circled over the Farm before drifting off south was the first Skokholm record since 25th June 2003 and only the seventh for the Island (GE, RDB). The only other records concern singles on 6th June 1996, 26th July 1991, 19th May 1990, 14th July 1989 and 10th August 1982. Skokholm Annual Report 2017

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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Honey Buzzard – 1994

Rare visitor

Mathew (1894) mentions one seen at Creselly in 1851. Otherwise the first record was of a single bird at Skomer from 29 September to 13 October 1974. It has since been recorded at Skomer on 30 May 1985, at Skokholm on 18 August 1982, 14 July 1989, 19 May 1990, and 18 and 19 August 1991, and at an inland locality in June 1984. Three together flew in off the sea at Strumble Head on 18 October 1981.

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

Notes:

  • 1982 record on Skokholm was actually on the 10 August
  • 1991 record was on Skomer, not Skokholm as implied above

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Honey Buzzard – 1894

HONEY BUZZARD, Pernis apivoris

A rare occasional visitor, both in spring and autumn.

This is a tree-frequenting species, particularly fond of the beech, not likely to be often met with in Pembrokeshire, where we have only one record of its occurrence. We have been informed by Sir Hugh Owen that he saw a Honey-Buzzard at Creselly, in the year 1851.

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

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Honey Buzzard

Pernis apivorus – Boda’r MêlRare visitor

Honey Buzzard – records

Pernis apivorus – Boda’r Mêl – Rare visitor Previous records summarised in Honey Buzzard 1994 1995 – Singles were at Marloes 11 April (GHR) and soaring over Pantmaenog Forest 6 May (GHR) 1996 – An individual came in off the sea at Porthlisky on 28 April (MEB), one at Skokholm 6 June and one at […]

Honey Buzzard – 1994

Rare visitor Mathew (1894) mentions one seen at Creselly in 1851. Otherwise the first record was of a single bird at Skomer from 29 September to 13 October 1974. It has since been recorded at Skomer on 30 May 1985, at Skokholm on 18 August 1982, 14 July 1989, 19 May 1990, and 18 and […]

Honey Buzzard – 1894

Species account from The 1894 ‘Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands’ by Rev M A Mathews