1994 – Female Skomer 15 May was the only record (GR, OR)
1995 – A first year male graced Skomer on the 30 Apr. Seen by various members of the Trust’s Mid Pembs Section
1998 – Ring-tails Porthmynawyd 26 May (RS et al) and Skomer 27 & 28 Aug (NL et al).
2001 – A male flew north over Castlemartin Range 12 May (DJA, SEB, JG, PG).
2005 – A male at Skomer on 3 May (JGB et al) was then seen at Marloes Mere 7-9 May (BA, PKG)
2007 – A male seen by Merlin’s Bridge. Haverfordwest on 1st May (SEB).
2013 – A female on Skomer 26 Apr – 1 May (DB, LY et al) was also seen on Ramsey 1st – 3rd May (GM).
Source – Pembrokeshire Bird Reports
A note from Graham Rees in the 1998 bird report:
Readers will note the inclusion of two sightings of ring-tailed Harriers deemed by the observers to have been Montagu’s. However, the descriptions accompanying the records do not exclude the possibility Of them being Pallid Harriers. This generated much discussion among the local records committee. the majority view emerging that it seems best to continue to publish Such records With the qualifying caveat that: unless specifically noted (in the systematic list entry) the unlikely possibility that Pallid was involved has not been excluded. The reasoning behind this decision was: observers should not be discouraged from submitting such records, which would mean that descriptions can be archived for review should further identification Criteria emerge. The records will at least reveal pattern Of occurrence of “small” ring-tails, which statistically should largely involve Montagu’s rather than Pallid, the latter yet to be recorded for the County. A scan of the past records Of ring-tails accredited to Montagu’s show that in some cases Pallid has been eliminated but in others have not. Males, of course, present no problem. Reader’s views on this topic would be welcomed
Montagu’s Harriers formerly bred in four main areas in Pembrokeshire, in the south broadly between Tenby and Castle Martin Corse, around Leweston, in the St Davids area and in the Preseli Mountains, but they have not done so since 1962, or possibly 1968. All records were from moorland or marshy habitat and probably involved a maximum of five pairs.
The Montagu’s Harrier is now an annual migrant more frequently seen in the spring, from 12 April to 10 June, than in the autumn, from 12 July to 22 October. It has been recorded in 18 of the last 24 years at localities ranging from the offshore islands across most coastal areas to the Preseli Mountains. A juvenile wintered on Skomer in 1988-1989.
The late Mr. Fortune found a nest of this Harrier close to his residence at Leweston, July 2, 1854, containing an egg and three young birds in down. He succeeded in obtaining the two old birds and mounted them with the young, and the case is now to be seen in the Museum at Tenby, and is a beautiful example of his skill in taxidermy. The egg was presented to the collection of the Rev. C. M. Phelps. This is the only instance of the occurrence of Montagu’s Harrier in the county of which we can find a record, but it must doubtless have been both shot and trapped occasionally without recognition.
Circus pygargus – Boda Montagu – Passage migrant Earlier records summarised in Montagu’s Harrier 1994 1994 – Female Skomer 15 May was the only record (GR, OR) 1995 – A first year male graced Skomer on the 30 Apr. Seen by various members of the Trust’s Mid Pembs Section 1998 – Ring-tails Porthmynawyd 26 May […]
Circus pygargus – Boda Montagu – Passage migrant Montagu’s Harriers formerly bred in four main areas in Pembrokeshire, in the south broadly between Tenby and Castle Martin Corse, around Leweston, in the St Davids area and in the Preseli Mountains, but they have not done so since 1962, or possibly 1968. All records were from […]