Pochard – 1994

Aythya ferina – HWYADEN BENGOCH – Winter visitor and passage migrant, has bred

Mathew (1894) considered the Pochard to be a not uncommon winter visitor but cites only a few scattered records. Mackworth Praed (1946) noted that it had decreased at Orielton, not more than 30 using the lake although formerly it had occurred in dozens. Lockley et al. (1949) regarded it as regular on the upper reaches of the Cleddau Estuary and occasional at Orielton. Saunders (1976) considered the species to be a winter visitor in small numbers but also noted a gathering of 80 at the newly constructed Llysyfran reservoir.

A pair bred at Orielton in 1959 and this remains the sole breeding record for Pembrokeshire.

Small numbers, up to ten at a time, pass off Strumble Head between August and November with a corresponding build-up in the county which peaks between late November and December, with influxes sometimes occurring in cold spells in January and February. Many farm irrigation reservoirs have been constructed in the potato growing areas of Pembrokeshire in recent years and these have become attractive to Pochards. Small parties of up to ten can be found scattered across such waters throughout the winter. Most of the larger waters in the county regularly attract Pochards, additional birds arriving to join them during cold spells. The largest gatherings noted have been 89 at Bicton, 327 at Llysyfran reservoir and 462 at Bosherston Pools.

Departure is mainly in March though occasional birds can linger, and an injured male has summered at Bosherston Pools for several years.

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

PRAED, C.W. MACKWORTH. 1946. Orielton decoy ringing station report. London, The International Committee for Bird Preservation

SAUNDERS, D.R. 1976. A brief guide to the birds of Pembrokeshire. Five Arches Press.

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Pochard – 1980s winter

Aythya ferina – HWYADEN BENGOCH – Winter visitor and passage migrant, has bred

The BTO winter atlas showed that Pochards were noted in 10km squares containing suitable fresh water sites 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 over 95 birds seen in a day. 

Up to 462 were recorded at Bosherston, the principal locality for this species.

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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Pochard

Aythya ferina – HWYADEN BENGOCH – Winter visitor and passage migrant, has bred

Pochard – WeBS 2020-21

The latest totals from the Wetland Bird Survey in Pembrokeshire – and the average counts for the past ten seasons.

Pochard – 1994

Aythya ferina – HWYADEN BENGOCH – Winter visitor and passage migrant, has bred Mathew (1894) considered the Pochard to be a not uncommon winter visitor but cites only a few scattered records. Mackworth Praed (1946) noted that it had decreased at Orielton, not more than 30 using the lake although formerly it had occurred in […]

Pochard – 1980s winter

Aythya ferina – HWYADEN BENGOCH – Winter visitor and passage migrant, has bred The BTO winter atlas showed that Pochards were noted in 10km squares containing suitable fresh water sites 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 over […]

Pochard – 1894

Fuligula ferina – A winter visitor; not uncommon. Has occurred to ourselves on small ponds, some distance from the coast. Some are taken on the decoy, at Orielton. Mr. Dix mentions one that was shot on a pond in his neighbourhood. This species is also an accomplished diver. Mathew M.A. 1894, Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands More […]