White-tailed Eagle – 2010

Haliaeetus albicillaEryr y MôrVagrant

The White-tailed Eagle breeds in SW Greenland, W Iceland; N & C Eurasia S to Greece and Turkey, S Caspian Sea, L Balkash and Manchuria, wintering S to N Mediterranean, Persian Gulf, Pakistan, N India and SE China.  

35-44 pairs were nesting in Scotland by 2008 following introduction schemes started in 1975.

An immature was shot on the 2nd of February 1908 by B.Edwards near Whitchurch in Mynydd Preseli. It was reported as a Golden Eagle in “The Cardigan and Tivy-side Advertiser”. However on the 13th June 1928 B. Lloyd and C. Oldham were able to inspect the specimen and identify it as a White-tailed Eagle.

A 2nd or 3rd winter bird was seen at Skomer on the 10th and 11th November 1993 which departed along the line of the southern shore of St Bride’s Bay but was not seen again.

The 1908 bird must have been an immigrant as none were then breeding in the UK. The 1993 bird may also have been an immigrant but could have come from the Scottish population.

Graham Rees. Pembrokeshire County Bird Recorder 1981-2007

Rare breeding birds in the UK in 2008, British Birds Vol. 103, 507.

White-tailed Eagle in Pembrokeshire, British Birds, Vol. 35, 230.

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White-tailed Eagle – 1894

Haliaetus albicilla – A rare occasional winter visitor.

Although one of the highest points of the Precelly Mountains is known by the name of Foel-Eryr ” the Eagle’s Peak,” we cannot ascertain that any species of Eagle has nested within recent years in Pembrokeshire, or has been observed as a frequent visitor to the county.

Sir Hugh Owen has informed us that in the winter of 1851 an Eagle was seen almost daily in the neighbourhood of Haverfordwest, more particularly frequenting the covers of Picton Castle and Slebech, and that it escaped being shot. This bird was supposed to have been a Golden Eagle, but with more probability may be considered to have been an immature White-tailed Eagle, a species not unseldom observed as a straggler along the western coasts of the kingdom.

Then, another Eagle, of whose occurrence we do not possess the date, that was seen on Skomer, and was thought to have been a Spotted Eagle, and was not obtained, was more likely a young White-tailed Eagle on passage. In Lord Cawdor’s collection, at Stackpole Court, we have seen a young White-tailed Eagle that had been shot near Carmarthen, and with this bird we exhaust our meagre record of the Eagles seen or obtained in the south-west corner of the Principality.

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

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White-tailed Eagle

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White-tailed Eagle – 2021

There have been several reports of white-tailed eagles in 2021. The sightings along the Cleddau have been traced back to a falconer’s African Fish Eagle being flown in the Picton area.

White-tailed Eagle – 2010

Haliaeetus albicilla – Eryr y Môr – Vagrant The White-tailed Eagle breeds in SW Greenland, W Iceland; N & C Eurasia S to Greece and Turkey, S Caspian Sea, L Balkash and Manchuria, wintering S to N Mediterranean, Persian Gulf, Pakistan, N India and SE China.   35-44 pairs were nesting in Scotland by 2008 […]

White-tailed Eagle – 1994

Haliaeetus albicilla – Eryr y Môr – Vagrant An immature was shot near Whitechurch on 2 February 1908 by local farmer B. Edwards. It was erroneously reported as a Golden Eagle in The  Cardigan and Tivy-side Advertiser (Lloyd 1941). Donovan J.W. & Rees G.H, 1994, Birds of Pembrokeshire LLOYD, B. 1941. White-tailed Eagle in Pembrokeshire. British Birds 35: […]

White-tailed Eagle – 1894

Haliaetus albicilla – A rare occasional winter visitor. Although one of the highest points of the Precelly Mountains is known by the name of Foel-Eryr ” the Eagle’s Peak,” we cannot ascertain that any species of Eagle has nested within recent years in Pembrokeshire, or has been observed as a frequent visitor to the county. Sir Hugh Owen has informed us […]