Spotted Crake – records

Porzana porzanaRhegen FraithOccasional visitor. Not recorded in November and December and from February to April

Earlier records are summarised in Spotted Crake 1994

1988 -Pembroke: one trapped + ringed, Pwllcrochan Marsh, Angle Bay 13 Aug (B.Haycock et al).

1993 – one heard (calling in the rough between the rugger pitch and Goodwick Stream) Goodwick Moor, 14 April (MAP)

1995 – one called at Marloes Mere 13-15 May (DJA, SB, JGr, SJS)

1997 – juvenile seen from the Creek hide, Teifi Marshes, 24 Aug (JG)

2003 –  A male called at Trefeiddan 17 May onwards into June, when it was thought to be disturbed by contractors.

2004 – A male was calling at Trefeiddan on 28 May (the second year running) (MS)

2015 – One on Skomer on 10th Sept (JWM et al). This represented only the 3rd for the island and the 1st in 45 years.

2015 – 14th September 2015, Teifi Marshes (Welsh Bird Report)

2018 – Single Teifi Marshes 28th July (photo above) (TE et al)

2019 – One at Teifi Marshes 22 – 23 Sept (JG et al).

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

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Spotted Crake – 1994

Porzana porzanaRhegen FraithOccasional visitor. Not recorded in November and December and from February to April

Spotted Crake on Skokholm, 6 May 1990. Photo by Graham Rees, via the People’s Collection Wales

Mathew (1894) considered it an “occasional visitor”, listing Goodwick, Tenby and Stackpole as localities where it had occurred, but the only date he quoted was October 1888. Lockley et al. (1949) classified it as a “rare autumn visitor” with records from Solva in October 1928, Dowrog on 27 October 1928 and Skomer on 15 September 1946. They also noted singles from Trewellwell on 10 January 1910, Dowrog in May 1923 and Goodwick in the winter of 1945.

Spotted Crakes have since been heard calling from suitable breeding habitat such as the Ritec, Newgale Marsh and Dowrog between May and July in several years, but there is no evidence that they have nested. They have also been recorded on about twenty occasions between August and October and twice in January, occurrences distributed roughly equally between the offshore islands and the mainland.

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

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Spotted Crake – 1949

Porzana porzana

Rare autumn visitor.  One Trewellwell, 10 Jan 1910 (Dr Mills). One possibly heard Dowrog, May 1923 (O.Wynn). One shot St Davids, undated (B.Lloyd). H.A.Gilbert records two Solva, 26 Oct 1928 and Dowrog 27 Oct 1928.  One, Goodwick, winter 1945 (P.J.Panting).  One caught and ringed Skomer 15 Sept 1946 by West Wales Field Society.

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

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Spotted Crake – 1894

Porzana porzana – An occasional visitor in the autumn; rare.

To our surprise we never ourselves encountered this bird at large in Pembrokeshire, and every season we were shooting over ground exactly similar to that in which we had been accustomed to meet with the bird in other parts of the kingdom. It is evidently a rarity in the county.

Sir Hugh Owen has shot it occasionally on Goodwick Moor; and we know of one that was shot in the neighbourhood of Fishguard, in October, 1888. Mr. C. Jefferys has informed us that he shot a Spotted Crake near Tenby. There is a specimen in the Stackpole Court collection, and the bird is included in Mr. Mathias’ list.

The Spotted Crake would seem to be equally scarce in the neighbouring county of Cardiganshire, where Mr. J. H. Salter informs us that he has not yet come across a single specimen.

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

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Spotted Crake

Porzana porzanaRhegen FraithOccasional visitor. Not recorded in November and December and from February to April

Spotted Crake – 1994

Porzana porzana – Rhegen Fraith – Occasional visitor. Not recorded in November and December and from February to April Spotted Crake on Skokholm, 6 May 1990. Photo by Graham Rees, via the People’s Collection Wales Mathew (1894) considered it an “occasional visitor”, listing Goodwick, Tenby and Stackpole as localities where it had occurred, but the […]

Spotted Crake – 1894

Species account from the 1894 ‘Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands’ by Rev M A Mathew