Merlin – 1994

Falco columbarius – CUDYLL BACH – Winter visitor, has bred

Mathew (1894) noted St David’s, Goodwick and Maenclochog as breeding areas for the Merlin. Lockley et al. (1949) added probable nesting on Ramsey but Lockley (1961) noted breeding at Freshwater West. A pair bred in the Preseli Mountains in 1970 and others may have done so in 1970 and 1971.

Merlins are widespread in the winter, arriving between March and May, but there are occasional sightings for all other months of the year. They are usually seen singly, but sometimes two and rarely three occur at one locality. Merlins are most frequently seen in coastal areas, such as the Marloes and St David’s peninsulas, but as they freely hunt across farmland this may be more a reflection of observer distribution than of the bird.

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

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Merlin – 1980s winter

Falco columbarius – CUDYLL BACH – Winter visitor, has bred

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

The darker the colour, the higher the relative total count for each 10km square.  The darkest blue represents 2 birds seen in a day. The map plot clearly indicates this species ability to utilise all kinds of open habitat.

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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Merlin – 1894

Falco aesalon – Resident; also a winter visitor.

A few merlins are resident, and the nest has been taken at various places in the county. We have heard of young birds having been taken from a nest near St. David’s, and one of them was kept for some time there, at Bryn-y-garn. In the summer of 1886 Sir Hugh Owen saw a brood of young Merlins at Goodwick, in a patch of heather on the top of the cliff, at a spot where he has known the nest to have been placed for several years.

We have also heard of a nest near Maenchlogog, on the Precelly Mountains. And the Rev. C. M. Phelps evidently met with a nest on the coast in the south of the county. He found a nest on the top of one of the high sand-hills, not far from Tenby, which contained four eggs, and surmised that they might be those of the Merlin.

In the winter the Merlin is far from uncommon, and we have seen it at Stone Hall on numerous occasions. One day, when we were waiting quietly in a small larch plantation for a shot at a Woodcock, we suddenly detected a male Merlin sitting on a branch level with our head, and only a few feet from us. The bird remained motionless on its perch so long as we stood still, and only flew off when we moved on.

Mr. Tracy reports that during a period of fifteen or eighteen years he received as many as eight or nine Merlins to set up for different gentlemen in the county. In his district Mr. Dix considered the Merlin not uncommon as an autumn and winter visitor, and that immature birds were the most numerous. Sir Hugh Owen once caught a Merlin near Goodwick in a rat trap. The bird was little injured, and the second day after its capture was tame enough to feed from his hand.

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

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Falco columbarius – CUDYLL BACH – Winter visitor

Merlin – 2003-07 breeding

Falco columbarius – CUDYLL BACH – Winter visitor Annual mainly coastal records of assumed migrants from a number of widespread locations during April and May. In 2006 present all year on Ramsey, where might have bred. Three juveniles were seen at St Justinian’s on 15th July. More about the Merlin in Pembrokeshire

Merlin – 1994

Falco columbarius – CUDYLL BACH – Winter visitor, has bred Mathew (1894) noted St David’s, Goodwick and Maenclochog as breeding areas for the Merlin. Lockley et al. (1949) added probable nesting on Ramsey but Lockley (1961) noted breeding at Freshwater West. A pair bred in the Preseli Mountains in 1970 and others may have done so in […]

Merlin – 1980s winter

Falco columbarius – CUDYLL BACH – Winter visitor, has bred The BTO winter atlas showed that Merlins were present in the majority of 10km squares during the winters of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84. The darker the colour, the higher the relative total count for each 10km square.  The darkest blue represents 2 birds seen in a day. […]

Merlin – 1949

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

Merlin – 1894

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