Slavonian Grebe – records

Podiceps auritus – GWYACH GORNIOG – Sparse winter visitor. Not recorded in June, August and September

Earlier records are summarised in Slavonian Grebe 2006

2007 – All records were: a single in Angle Bay 4—18 Jan., two off Broad Haven (N) in the Haroldston Chins area on 19 Nov. and one off Amroth on 27 Nov.

2008 – All records were: one in Angle Bay 15 Jan to 8 Feb. (JB et al), with 2 there on the 12 Dec (CH).

2009 – All records were of single birds at Angle Bay from 3-26 Jan (PKG, DJ, WJ), at Dale Roads on 15 Feb (DJA),  which probably then moved to The Gann on the 16-20 Feb (RD, PKG).

2010 – Only three individuals were reported this year: at Angle Bay on 8 Nov (G. Stamp), at the Gann on 28 Dec and at Broad Haven (N) on 31 Dec (both DJA).

2011 – There were good numbers in the early part of 2011 with two birds at Broad Haven on 3 Jan & Fishguard Harbour on 4 Jan. Single birds were then reported from Cwm Yr Eglwys on 5-23 Jan, with two on the last date, at the Gann from 6-12 Feb, Fishguard Harbour 15 Jan to 15 Feb & Angle Bay 23 Jan to 7 Feb.

2012 – A single bird at Angle Bay from 27 Jan to 12 Feb (PKG,MYP), another at Broad Haven on 4 Feb (BS), then two birds at the Gann from 26 Feb to 17 March by which time there was only one bird present (DJA,PKG,DG).

2013 – All single birds reported, Fishguard Harbour from 14-17 Jan, then a summer plumaged bird at Newport on 20-21 May, finally at Broad Haven (N) 30 Nov to 1 Dec.

2014 – none recorded

2015 – Single birds at Angle Bay on 8 Feb and 7 Mar, then another at St. Davids Head on 16 March and finally at Llys y fran on 30 Oct

2016 – All records: a single at Llys y Fran 30 Jan, Teifi Marshes had a bird from 15-25 Dec, and a single was at Coppet Hall on 24 Dec.

2017 – All records: two in Angle Bay on 15 March and a single at the Gann on 20 Nov – 3 Dec

2018 – Singles in Angle Bay 21 March and at Aberforest 29 Nov

2019 – none recorded

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports which may contain more detail.

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Slavonian Grebe – 2006

Podiceps auritus – GWYACH GORNIOG – Sparse winter visitor. Not recorded in June, August and September

The Slavonian Grebe breeds in both the Palearctic and Nearctic, mainly in the boreal climatic zone. Many move to coastal waters in the winter. The British breeding population is confined to Scotland and is too small to account for the number wintering in UK waters. It is likely that most winter visitors recorded are from the Continent.

Observers in the early days of recording in Pembrokeshire were probably as sparse as the grebe has proved to be. Consequently piecing together its true status was a slow and staccato affair, dependent on the growth of observer numbers. The pattern of occurrence was established by 1969, being confirmed by good continuous observer activity from 1983 onwards.

As can be seen from the above, the number visiting the county varied from year to year. How they were distributed throughout the year has been tabulated by summing all individuals for each month.

The April and May records refer to birds that had over wintered and departed late, in the case of the May birds, 2 at the Gann up to the 10th 1986, having achieved breeding plumage before leaving. The isolated July record was of a single bird seen on the Pembroke River on the 30th 1974. Otherwise the earliest return was of one at the Gann on the 9th October 1984.

 Slavonian Grebes have most frequently been recorded in St Bride’s Bay, at various parts from Newgale to St Bride’s Haven, and within the Cleddau Estuary, principally at Angle Bay but also at the Gann and Pembroke River. They have been seen less frequently in most other parts of the Cleddau Estuary, as far upstream as Little Milford, and at several localities around the outer coast from Newport Bay to Tenby, twice in the Teifi Estuary, four times in the Nevern Estuary and eight times in Fishguard Harbour.

There are fewer records from fresh waters, viz. Trewellwell 23rd January 1929, Bosherston 1st February 1969, 20th & 27th December 1983, 1st – 27th January 1984, 15th January 1997, 13th February 1997, Llys y fran Reservoir 9th February 1985, 21st February 1987, 19th December 1993, Bicton Reservoir 8th – 21st March 1987 and Heathfield Gravel Pit 13th December 2002.

Graham Rees (County bird recorder 1981 to 2007)

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Slavonian Grebe – 1994

Podiceps auritus – GWYACH GORNIOG – Sparse winter visitor. Not recorded in June, August and September

Mathew (1984) stated that a few specimens occur every winter while Lockley et al. (1949) could add only six further records. Since the 1960s the Slavonian Grebe has become known as a regular winter visitor in small numbers. Records fall mainly between October and March but in some years one or two birds in summer plumage have stayed into April and May, with an isolated record of one in the Pembroke River on 30 July 1974. One or two occur right around the coast but it is most regularly seen in St Bride’s Bay (up to four) and at Angle Bay (up to seven). It has occasionally been seen on fresh water at Trewellwell, Bosherston Pools, Llysyfran reservoir and Bicton.

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

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Slavonian Grebe – 1980s winter

Podiceps auritus – GWYACH GORNIOG – Sparse winter visitor. Not recorded in June, August and September

The BTO winter atlas showed that Slavonian Grebes were present in some coastal and estuarine 10km squares during the winters of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84.

The darkest colour for each 10km square represents 2-3 birds seen in a day.

Graham Rees (County bird recorder 1981 to 2007)

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Slavonian Grebe – 1949

Podiceps auritus

Mathew called it a rare but perhaps regular winter visior, without giving any records. 

There is one in the Nat. Mus. of Wales, shot at Tenby, 1900, and two there ex the collection of Dr Mills, viz – one adult male, shot at Newport 2 Apr 1923; and one female shot Trewellwell, 23 Jan 1929; one Dale, 18 and 27 Jan 1947 (T.A.Warren-Davies).

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

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Slavonian Grebe – 1894

SCLAVONIAN GREBE, Podiceps auritus

A winter visitor; rare.

According to Mr. Dix a few specimens of this Grebe occur every winter in their immature or winter plumage. Mr. Mathias omits it from his list. It used to be the commonest of all the Grebes in the winter time on the North Devon rivers, where we have frequently shot it, and have sometimes seen three or four of a day. It is thus likely to occur on the Pembrokeshire side of the Bristol Channel. It is a much smaller species than either the Great Crested Grebe or the Red-necked Grebe.

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

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Slavonian Grebe

Podiceps auritus – GWYACH GORNIOG – Sparse winter visitor. Not recorded in June, August and September

Slavonian Grebe – records

Podiceps auritus – GWYACH GORNIOG – Sparse winter visitor. Not recorded in June, August and September Earlier records are summarised in Slavonian Grebe 2006 2007 – All records were: a single in Angle Bay 4—18 Jan., two off Broad Haven (N) in the Haroldston Chins area on 19 Nov. and one off Amroth on 27 […]

Slavonian Grebe – 2006

Podiceps auritus – GWYACH GORNIOG – Sparse winter visitor. Not recorded in June, August and September The Slavonian Grebe breeds in both the Palearctic and Nearctic, mainly in the boreal climatic zone. Many move to coastal waters in the winter. The British breeding population is confined to Scotland and is too small to account for […]

Slavonian Grebe – 1994

Podiceps auritus – GWYACH GORNIOG – Sparse winter visitor. Not recorded in June, August and September Mathew (1984) stated that a few specimens occur every winter while Lockley et al. (1949) could add only six further records. Since the 1960s the Slavonian Grebe has become known as a regular winter visitor in small numbers. Records fall mainly […]

Slavonian Grebe – 1980s winter

Podiceps auritus – GWYACH GORNIOG – Sparse winter visitor. Not recorded in June, August and September The BTO winter atlas showed that Slavonian Grebes were present in some coastal and estuarine 10km squares during the winters of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84. The darkest colour for each 10km square represents 2-3 birds seen in a day. More […]

Slavonian Grebe – 1949

Podiceps auritus Mathew called it a rare but perhaps regular winter visior, without giving any records.  There is one in the Nat. Mus. of Wales, shot at Tenby, 1900, and two there ex the collection of Dr Mills, viz – one adult male, shot at Newport 2 Apr 1923; and one female shot Trewellwell, 23 Jan […]

Slavonian Grebe – 1894

SCLAVONIAN GREBE, Podiceps auritus A winter visitor; rare. According to Mr. Dix a few specimens of this Grebe occur every winter in their immature or winter plumage. Mr. Mathias omits it from his list. It used to be the commonest of all the Grebes in the winter time on the North Devon rivers, where we have frequently shot it, […]

Slavonian Grebe

Podiceps auritus – GWYACH GORNIOG – Sparse winter visitor. Not recorded in June, August and September