Nightjar – records

Caprimulgus europaeusTroellwr MawrBreeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from October to March

Earlier records summarised in Nightjar 1994

1993 – Singles Skokholm 18 May, Mathry 24 May, Porthclais 26 May and Skomer 20 Sept.

1994 – A pair at Velindre Farchog in May.

1996 – 2 calling and wing clapping Upton 30 Apr (PS).

1997 – One calling Sutton 15 May (KPG).

1998 – One nr Goodwick 23 May (CB).

1999 – One Mynydd Morfa 30 Apr (AN).

2003 – Singles Rhodiad y Brenin 5 June and Treleddyd Fawr 7 June (J.B)

2005 – Female Skomer 25 May first for the island since 1993 (JGB). Male singing nr Bwlch y groes 4 June (AP) but not heard subsequently.

2009 – Single Ratford Bridge on 6th July (TA).

2012 – One on Skomer on 5th May (DB).

2016 – A single seen on Skomer on 15th May was the only record

2018 – Single St Davids Head on 27th May was the only record

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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Nightjar – 1994

Caprimulgus europaeusTroellwr MawrBreeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from October to March

The Nightjar was regarded by Mathew (1894) as a common summer visitor, to be found breeding all over Pembrokeshire. Lockley et al. (1949) similarly assessed it as a fairly common and widely distributed summer visitor that occasionally bred on the larger offshore islands.

Observers began to note a rapid decrease during the 1960s, part of a national decline, and by 1971 they could be found at only eight sites. None were proved to be breeding during the Breeding Birds Survey of 1984-1988 but `churring birds’ were heard in five localities, so the Nightjar might just be hanging on as a Pembrokeshire breeder.

They are still recorded occasionally on passage at the coast and the islands. The earliest recorded arrival is 26 April and latest departure 25 September.

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

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Nightjar – 1894

Caprimulgus europaeus – A summer visitor; common.

The “mountain” country, especially where furze and bracken abound, is much affected by this singular looking bird, and in such places we have often flushed it in the day-time from its perch on an old furze stump, or from the ground where it has been sheltering beneath a furze bush. It is not uncommon in September in turnip fields, where we have met with it when after the partridges. On summer evenings we generally noticed one or two wheeling about our grounds.

To quote our friend, the Rev. C. M. Phelps, “all over Pembrokeshire, wherever there is waste or fern-covered land — whether it be on the boulder-strewn mountain-side of the north, or on the heath-clad rocks near St. David’s, and in the treeless wind-swept districts of Castle Martin and St. Bride’s, there you will be likely to hear of an evening the peculiar whirr of the Night-jar, and on the bare ground you may find its lovely marbled eggs. Near St. David’s there lies an old encampment, probably Danish, called Penllan. Two years in succession a nest was taken here. The eggs lay on the bare dry, rough ground, surrounded by withered furze and green bracken; but, oh! such beauties they were, like two large grapes, only marbled and mottled with stone colour and cream, and purplish brown and grey. They are the finest Night-jars’ eggs I have ever seen, and are now in Dr. Propert’s collection.”

One day when we were driving in a lane a Night-jar rose from the side of the hedge, and flying in front for a few yards settled lengthwise on a rail, and so closely did the colour of its plumage match the wood that we had difficulty in distinguishing the bird as we passed within a few feet of it. When there are young birds, the Night-jars tumble about in front of anyone approaching the spot, feigning to be crippled, and attempt to decoy the stranger away, as we have often witnessed.

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

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Nightjar

Caprimulgus europaeusTroellwr MawrBreeding summer visitor and passage migrant.

Nightjar – records

Caprimulgus europaeus – Troellwr Mawr – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from October to March Earlier records summarised in Nightjar 1994 1993 – Singles Skokholm 18 May, Mathry 24 May, Porthclais 26 May and Skomer 20 Sept. 1994 – A pair at Velindre Farchog in May. 1996 – 2 calling and wing clapping Upton 30 Apr […]

Nightjar – 1994

Caprimulgus europaeus – Troellwr Mawr – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from October to March The Nightjar was regarded by Mathew (1894) as a common summer visitor, to be found breeding all over Pembrokeshire. Lockley et al. (1949) similarly assessed it as a fairly common and widely distributed summer visitor that occasionally bred on the […]

Nightjar – 1949

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

Nightjar – 1894

Caprimulgus europaeus – A summer visitor; common. The “mountain” country, especially where furze and bracken abound, is much affected by this singular looking bird, and in such places we have often flushed it in the day-time from its perch on an old furze stump, or from the ground where it has been sheltering beneath a furze bush. It is […]