Redstart – first and last dates

Phoenicurus phoenicurus – TINGOCH – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from December to March

Earlier records are summarised in Redstart 1994

YearFirst sightingLast sightingNotes
19935 April23 October
199417 April23 September
199523 March 31 Octoberfirst March record for Pembs
199624 March22 October
19978 April18 October
199829 March4 October
199912 April20 Novemberlatest Pembs record
20007 April30 September
200114 April20 October
20026 April17 October
200313 April15 October
200421 April5 November
200520 April20 October
200617 March24 September
20077 April7 October
200816 April27 September
200916 March26 Octoberearliest Pembs record
201015 April18 September
20111 April17 November
201221 April24 July
201331 March14 October
201417 April21 September
20158 April1 October
20165 April12 October
20178 April8 November
20183 April21 October
20192 April12 October
202011 April1 October

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

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Redstart – 2003-07 breeding

Phoenicurus phoenicurus – TINGOCH – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from December to March

Comparison with previous atlas:

1984-882003-07
Breeding confirmed2121
Breeding probable929
Breeding possible92
No of tetrads occupied39 (of 478)52 (of 490)
Percentage of tetrads8.2%10.6%

The Redstart was considered to be a sporadic breeder in Pembrokeshire prior to the 1984-88 survey. Fieldwork during that survey revealed a previously unsuspected population nesting around the lower parts of the Preseli Hills, plus a few scattered pairs elsewhere. They were similarly distributed during the 2003-07 atlas, but found in 33% more tetrads. It is estimated that about 200 pairs were involved.

Graham Rees. Pembrokeshire County Bird Recorder 1981-2007

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

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Redstart – 1994

Phoenicurus phoenicurus – TINGOCH – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from December to March

1984-88
Breeding confirmed21
Breeding probable9
Breeding possible9
No of tetrads occupied39 (of 478)
Percentage of tetrads8.2%

The Redstart has long been regarded as a rare and erratic breeding bird in Pembrokeshire. Mathew (1894) recorded only two nests and Lockley et al. (1949) added two more breeding occurrences. Scattered breeding pairs were documented during the 1950s at sites including Minwear and Lawrenny. However, the Breeding Birds Survey of 1984-1988 found that Redstarts bred in stone walls all around the foothills of the Preseli Mountains, with about ten pairs scattered elsewhere in the county, including some in nest boxes at the Pengelli Forest Nature Reserve. The Preseli birds are very inconspicuous until their broods are out, the population of about 100 pairs being easily overlooked. Most nest close to settlements which makes them generally inaccessible, but some, such as those at the old slate quarry buildings at Rosebush, are more easily observed.

Redstarts are fairly sparse on passage, up to four being recorded at coastal sites, including Skokholm, Skomer and Strumble Head, between 2 April and 26 May, with occasional stragglers until 24 June. However, our breeding birds are normally back on the breeding grounds during the last month or so of passage, suggesting that the coastal birds are heading elsewhere. Autumn passage extends from July to 30 October, with up to five birds at a time, and over a wider area than in spring, with exceptional larger falls occurring, such as 20 at Skokholm on 21 September 1988. Singles were at Skokholm on 2 November 1968 and 6 November 1992 and a male was seen at St Non’s on 8 November 1987.

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

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Redstart – 1949

Phoenicurus phoenicurus phoenicurus

Mathew records only two nests in the county “in an old bee-house at Kilwendeage”. 

Bertram Lloyd found several nesting pairs in the centre of the county in 1928 and one pair nesting at Haverfordwest, June 1934.  Also seen by him Abercych, July 1924; Picton Park, 10 June 1927; and three singing same place 23 May 1928.  Elsewhere, and on the islands, it is only recorded as a scarce migrant.

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

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Redstart – 1894

Ruticilla phoenicurus – A summer visitor.

Reported to be abundant in the neighbouring county of Cardiganshire; it is, however, extremely rare with us in Pembrokeshire, where we have never once seen it. Mr. Dix mentions a pair that nested in an old bee-house at Kilwendeage, in the north-east of the county, in the summer of 1866, and returned to the same spot the following year. He adds: ” This species is not at all numerous, I have only seen three birds besides those that bred at Kilwendeage; the men working in the gardens had never seen any before.” A few Redstarts are occasionally seen in the south of the county, as we learn from friends and correspondents.

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

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Phoenicurus phoenicurus – TINGOCH – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from December to March

Redstart – 2003-07 breeding

Phoenicurus phoenicurus – TINGOCH – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from December to March Comparison with previous atlas: 1984-88 2003-07 Breeding confirmed 21 21 Breeding probable 9 29 Breeding possible 9 2 No of tetrads occupied 39 (of 478) 52 (of 490) Percentage of tetrads 8.2% 10.6% The Redstart was considered to […]

Redstart – 1994

Phoenicurus phoenicurus – TINGOCH – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from December to March 1984-88 Breeding confirmed 21 Breeding probable 9 Breeding possible 9 No of tetrads occupied 39 (of 478) Percentage of tetrads 8.2% The Redstart has long been regarded as a rare and erratic breeding bird in Pembrokeshire. Mathew (1894) […]

Redstart – 1968-72 breeding

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Redstart – 1949

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

Redstart – 1894

Ruticilla phoenicurus – A summer visitor. Reported to be abundant in the neighbouring county of Cardiganshire; it is, however, extremely rare with us in Pembrokeshire, where we have never once seen it. Mr. Dix mentions a pair that nested in an old bee-house at Kilwendeage, in the north-east of the county, in the summer of 1866, and returned to the […]