Tufted Duck – 2003-07 breeding

Aythya fuligula – HWYADEN GOPOGWinter visitor and passage migrant.

Comparison with previous atlas:

1984-882003-07
Breeding confirmed1
Breeding probable3
Breeding possible1
No of tetrads occupied05 (of 490)
Percentage of tetrads1%

In the breeding season tufted ducks favour lowland fresh waters of moderate depths in the range two to five metres.

In Pembrokeshire, a wild bird bred with a captive one in 1988 but a fully wild pair hatched young at Marloes Mere in 1996 and again in 1997 and 1999. None were found breeding during the 1984-88 survey but in the 2003-07 period a pair produced a brood at Skomer in 2005 and again in 2006 and 2007. Probable breeding was also registered at Marloes Mere, Bosherston and Rosebush Reservoir with breeding season presence noted near St Davids.

Rees, et al. 2008, Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pembrokeshire 2003-07. Pembrokeshire Bird Group.

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Tufted Duck – 1994

Aythya fuligula – HWYADEN GOPOGWinter visitor and passage migrant.

Mathew (1894) described the Tufted Duck as a common winter visitor, being occasionally met with on inland ponds but in “great numbers diving in the shallows of Goodwick Bay”. Goodwick Bay would appear not to be typical habitat for Tufted Ducks and it may be that Mathew encountered them there during a cold spell, when they had been temporarily frozen off fresh waters. Bertram Lloyd did not see any on winter visits during 1925-1937, nor do they normally occur there nowadays. Lockley et al. (1949) considered Orielton to be the principal locality for the species with up to 150 recorded.

Although Mathew commented that they “may occasionally remain to breed” Lockley et al. found no evidence of breeding but did note that a pair once summered at Orielton. Lloyd found a summering male at Penally and males have summered at Bosherston Pools in recent years. The only possible evidence of breeding has been of a pair behaving as if with young in cover seen at Treginnis in June 1988. The young hatched near Dale in 1992 were the result of union between a wild bird and a captive one.

Small numbers pass Strumble Head each year between August and October but do not build up on Pembrokeshire waters until November, peaking in January and February. They are thinly distributed across fresh waters of the county, such as Pen Beri and Hasguard Hall reservoirs. In the mainly mild winters that prevail in Pembrokeshire up to ten birds were seen at each locality, but with up to 26 at Pembroke Mill Pond, their principal location. Larger gatherings occur during cold spells when up to 40 have been seen at Bicton, 58 at Pembroke Mill Pond, 60 at Bosherston Pools and 105 at Llysyfran reservoir. Numbers also increase on the smaller waters at such times, for example up to 22 at Jordanston Pools, 28 at Heathfield gravel pits and 33 at Anchor Hoetan. Most have departed by the end of April, though May records are not uncommon.

From 1935 to 1946 186 Tufted Ducks were ringed at the Orielton Decoy. Recoveries show that some originated from Russian breeding grounds as far east as the Pechora River, and that some passed through the Baltic states and Holland from September to December, either to return to winter quarters in Pembrokeshire or else to pause here before continuing to Ireland and France.

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

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Tufted Duck – 1980s winter

Aythya fuligula – HWYADEN GOPOGWinter visitor and passage migrant.

The BTO winter atlas showed that Tufted Ducks were present in 10km squares with suitable fresh waters 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 26-94 birds seen in a day.

Llys y fran, Pembroke, Bosherston and Bicton were the principal localities involved.

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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Tufted Duck – 1949

Aythya fuligula

Mathew describes it as a common winter visitor, which may occasionally remain to nest and says that great numbers frequented the shallows of Goodwick Bay in winter.  There is, however, no evidence of breeding, even at Orielton, where as many as 150 have been seen at one time in winter, and in 1936 one pair remained throughout the summer, but no nest was found (H.A.Gilbert)

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

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Tufted Duck – 1894

Fuligula cristata – A winter visitor; common.

This small species, one of the most active in diving of all the diving Ducks, is occasionally met with on inland ponds. We have seen it in little parties on the lake at Stackpole in the early spring, and one winter one was shot on one of the ponds at Stone Hall. It may occasionally remain to nest. Great numbers are to be seen during the winter diving in the shallows in Goodwick Bay.

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

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Tufted Duck

Aythya fuligula – HWYADEN GOPOGWinter visitor and passage migrant.

Tufted Duck – 2020-21 WeBS

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

Tufted Duck – 2003-07 breeding

Aythya fuligula – HWYADEN GOPOG – Winter visitor and passage migrant. Comparison with previous atlas: 1984-88 2003-07 Breeding confirmed 1 Breeding probable 3 Breeding possible 1 No of tetrads occupied 0 5 (of 490) Percentage of tetrads 1% In the breeding season tufted ducks favour lowland fresh waters of moderate depths in the range two […]

Tufted Duck – 1994

Aythya fuligula – HWYADEN GOPOG – Winter visitor and passage migrant. Mathew (1894) described the Tufted Duck as a common winter visitor, being occasionally met with on inland ponds but in “great numbers diving in the shallows of Goodwick Bay”. Goodwick Bay would appear not to be typical habitat for Tufted Ducks and it may […]

Tufted Duck – 1980s winter

Aythya fuligula – HWYADEN GOPOG – Winter visitor and passage migrant. The BTO winter atlas showed that Tufted Ducks were present in 10km squares with suitable fresh waters 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 26-94 birds seen […]

Tufted Duck – 1949

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

Tufted Duck – 1894

Fuligula cristata – A winter visitor; common. This small species, one of the most active in diving of all the diving Ducks, is occasionally met with on inland ponds. We have seen it in little parties on the lake at Stackpole in the early spring, and one winter one was shot on one of the ponds at Stone Hall. […]