Night Heron – records

Nycticorax nycticoraxCrëyr y NosRare visitor. Recorded from March to May and from October to December

Earlier records are summarised in Night Heron 1994

2005 – one at Freshwater West in 16th April.

2006 – single adults at Dreen Hill at the end of March, Upper Swanswell, Broadhaven (North) 20th March and at Esso on 21st March

2008 – One at Sealyham on 15th May.

2013 – An adult at the Ritec, Tenby on 25th May.

2019 – Two adults and an immature seen flying over Skokholm 30th May

Source – Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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Night Heron – 1994

Nycticorax nycticoraxCrëyr y NosRare visitor. Recorded from March to May and from October to December

Mathew (1894) records single birds on four occasions, in 1857 and 1868 at Pembroke Mill Ponds and another undated at Lamphey, while one was shot from a group of three roosting near St Davids Cathedral. Lockley et al. (1949) added a record of an immature shot near Pembroke in 1919.

There were two subsequent records, an adult at Skomer from 12-16 May 1979 and an immature at Bosherston Pools on 11 October 1981, until between March and April 1990 when singles were recorded at Bosherston Pools, Westfield Pill, Rosemarket, St Ishmael’s, Trecwn and Abermawr, with two at Skomer and four at Pentood. Some of these birds remained into April, and were part of a major invasion of south-west Britain following a period of strong southerly winds from southern Europe.

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

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Night Heron – 1949

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Mathew records one shot near Pembroke mill-pond c.1857, and another there 7 Dec 1868; also at Lord’s Meadow Lamphey (no date) and three roosting in a tree within 30 yards of St Davids Cathedral, 1876, of which one was shot 12 May. 

A male, now in the National Museum of Wales, from the collection of Dr Mills, was shot near Pembroke 14 Nov 1919.

R.M.Lockley, G.C.S.Ingram, H.M.Salmon, 1949, The Birds of Pembrokeshire, The West Wales Field Society

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Night Heron – 1894

Nycticorax griseus – An occasional visitor.

Mr. Dix writes that an immature specimen, in the Stackpole Court collection, was shot near Pembroke mill-pond by Mr. Tracy, about the year 1857. Within twenty yards of the same spot Mr. Tracy shot another, which he forwarded to Mr. Dix. This was on December 7th, 1868. It proved to be a male, and had a single occipital plume about three inches long, white, tipped with dark brown; the back and wings were beautifully shot with olive green; the white spots on the back and wing coverts, Mr. Dix adds, were more distinct and larger than they are represented in Yarrell’s figure.

Mr. H. Mathias has informed us that a Night Heron was shot in the Lord’s meadow, at Lamphey, when he was a boy. Two others were killed near Kingsbridge, Pembroke; one of these Mr. Mathias saw in the shop of Mr. Tracy, at Pembroke, immediately after it was shot. These two specimens are, without doubt, those mentioned by Mr. Dix. In 1876, three Night Herons roosted for several days in a tree in a garden belonging to Canon Lewis, at St. David’s, within thirty yards of the Cathedral. One was shot, on May 12th, and proved a fine adult male, with three white occipital plumes. This handsome specimen is now in the possession of Dr. Propert, of St. David’s. The Night Heron, like many of the family, is a nocturnal feeder, hiding itself, and roosting during the day in thick bushes and trees.

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

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Night Heron

Nycticorax nycticoraxCrëyr y NosRare visitor. Recorded from March to May and from October to December

Night Heron – records

Nycticorax nycticorax – Crëyr y Nos – Rare visitor. Recorded from March to May and from October to December Earlier records are summarised in Night Heron 1994 2005 – one at Freshwater West in 16th April. 2006 – single adults at Dreen Hill at the end of March, Upper Swanswell, Broadhaven (North) 20th March and […]

Night Heron – 1994

Nycticorax nycticorax – Crëyr y Nos – Rare visitor. Recorded from March to May and from October to December Mathew (1894) records single birds on four occasions, in 1857 and 1868 at Pembroke Mill Ponds and another undated at Lamphey, while one was shot from a group of three roosting near St Davids Cathedral. Lockley et […]

Night Heron – 1949

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

Night Heron – 1894

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