Red-necked Grebe – records

Podiceps grisegenaGwyach YddfgochScarce winter visitor. Not recorded between May and August

Earlier records are summarised in Red-necked Grebe 1994

1993 – Single Amroth 17 Feb (JP), Skokholm 30 October, Llys-y-fran 11-31 December (PJP, PT et al)

1994 – One Hook 16 Jan; 2 Gann 27 Nov, one remaining to 31 Dec

1995 – 2 at the Gann 2-7 Jan; one there 19 Nov

1996 – One Llys y fran Res 11 Feb; up to 4 Fishguard Harbour 9-17 Feb; and 3 Gann 17-18 Feb. 3 rescued alive during oil spill and 2 moved into Upper Cleddau Estuary away from the oil. Singles Penberi Res 14-24 Feb; Treginnis 16-30 Feb; Wooltack Point 16 Mar; Gann 16 Mar – 7 Apr; 2 Heathfield GP 9 March. With a minimum of 14 birds involved, this was the largest influx recorded in Pembs to date. Singles Gann 21-22 Nov & 29 Dec.

1997 – Singles Gann 3 Jan – 7 Feb; Newgale 4 Jan; Angle Bay 13 Mar; Skokholm 21 May; Strumble Head 31 Oct; and Fishguard Harbour. 12 – 31 Dec.

1998 – Singles Fishguard Harbour 1 Jan – 1 Mar; Cwm yr Eglwys 6 & 7 Apr; Angle Bay 16 Oct; and Carew-Cresswell in Dec.

1999 – Singles Broad Haven (North) 11 Jan (LL) and 2 Feb (PT)

2000 – One Strumble Hd 8 Nov (CB, GHR et al).

2001 – One Strumble Hd 31 Oct (CB, PM, GHR)

2003 – Singles Strumble Hd 24 Sept (CB, GHR) and Bosherston 11 & 12 Nov (DJA et al).

2004 – One Fishguard Harb 9-28 Dec (AR et al).

2005 – One Teifi Estuary 12 Feb – 14 Mar (JG PN)

2006 – One Angle Bay 26 – 31 Dec (PRH et al).

2007 – All records came from two sites.  2 were at Angle Bay on 6 Jan, a single there on 18 Jan, 4 Feb and 2nd Mar (CH et al).  A single passed Strumble Head on 17 Oct (GHR)

2008 – Only two records this year, both of singles: at Angle Bay on 26 Jan – 6 March (CH et al); and at Carew Millpond 15 Dec to end of year (DGI et al)

2011 – A single bird at Cwm Yr Eglwys from 5th Jan to 1st Feb (SEB) and another at Gann/Dale Roads from 29th Jan until 13th Mar (DJA).

2015 – Single birds at Amroth on 5th Jan and at Angle Bay from 8th – 17th Jan were the only records for the year.

2016 – A single bird at Westfield Pill from 3rd to 12th Nov was the only record received. (top photo)

2020 – The only record was of one below the dam at Llys-y-fran Res 15 & 16 Nov (DO)

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports, which may contain more detail than shown here.

NB. This species was added to WRP Description List on 1st Jan. 2017.

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Red-necked Grebe – 1994

Podiceps grisegenaGwyach YddfgochScarce winter visitor. Not recorded between May and August

Mathew (1894) noted “several examples” from Pembroke Mill Pond and Lockley et al.(1949) added four further records. A total of 46 have been noted since, extreme dates being 4 September and 21 April. They have been recorded from all parts of the outer coast, particularly Fishguard Harbour and St Bride’s Bay, within the estuaries, mainly the Cleddau, and at several fresh water sites such as Bosherston Pools.

Easy to locate and identify on fresh waters and estuaries, it is difficult to do so on the sea. However, enough birds have been found around the outer coastline over the years to suggest that the Red-necked Grebe is still overlooked and may well be a regular visitor in small numbers.

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

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Red-necked Grebe – 1980s winter

Podiceps grisegenaGwyach YddfgochScarce winter visitor. Not recorded between May and August

The BTO winter atlas showed that single Red-necked Grebes were noted in one estuarine and three coastal 10km squares during the winters of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84.

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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Red-necked Grebe

Podiceps grisegenaGwyach YddfgochScarce winter visitor. Not recorded between May and August

Red-necked Grebe – records

Podiceps grisegena – Gwyach Yddfgoch – Scarce winter visitor. Not recorded between May and August Earlier records are summarised in Red-necked Grebe 1994 1993 – Single Amroth 17 Feb (JP), Skokholm 30 October, Llys-y-fran 11-31 December (PJP, PT et al) 1994 – One Hook 16 Jan; 2 Gann 27 Nov, one remaining to 31 Dec 1995 […]

Red-necked Grebe – 1980s winter

Podiceps grisegena – Gwyach Yddfgoch – Scarce winter visitor. Not recorded between May and August The BTO winter atlas showed that single Red-necked Grebes were noted in one estuarine and three coastal 10km squares during the winters of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84. More about the Red-necked Grebe in Pembrokeshire