Whooper Swan – records

Cygnus cygnus – ALARCH GOGLEDD – Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant

Earlier records are summarised in Whooper Swan 1994

This table shows the number of individuals reported in each month. Note that any individual or group may have stayed into the next month or two, therefore these figures do not add up to the number of records, or the number of actual individuals reported in any one year.

 JanFebMarAprMayJunSepOctNovDecNotes
1993    41 7 2
1994 11 5    3
1995    33  21
1996  22    37(1)
19971899    53
1998333     11
1999333    972
2000111    9182
20011  2   113
200210111 1   212
20036   1  4 1
2004 1 1   23 
20051       1410
20063111  1 1 
2007222     2 
2008       582
2009126      146
20101655     1015
2011444    1103
201235     6203
2013       565
2014       105 
20154         
20162 11   27 
20172 1   116265
20184     418913
2019818921  17143
202032121614

Notes: (1) One seen briefly at Bosherston Lakes on 29 November 1996 had been colour-ringed in Iceland. This record was in the 1997 report, but the archive shows it actually referred to 1996.

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

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Whooper Swan – 2020 WeBS

Cygnus cygnus – ALARCH GOGLEDD – Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant

Whooper swans are uncommon in Pembrokeshire, and seen only in small numbers, if at all. So far, there have been none seen on WeBS counts in 2020-21

The graph shows the total maximum counts each winter for all Pembrokeshire sites in the Wetland Bird Survey. 

There may be higher counts at other times during each winter.

Annie Haycock (BBS & WeBS local organiser)

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Whooper Swan – 1994

Cygnus cygnus – ALARCH GOGLEDD – Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant

Mathew (1894) noted only undated records from Pant y Phillip and one shot by Lord Cawdor at Stackpole. Lockley et al. (1949) cited a flock at Cosheston from 24 to 28 January 1933, which had moved to Garon Pill by 29 January, and a pair at Dowrog Pool on 26 January 1948.

Up to 20 birds per annum were recorded in 31 of the next 42 years, none staying for longer than a few days, apart from one that was at Marloes Mere from 7 December 1991 to 25 January 1992. Most occur between December and February but there is evidently an erratic through passage in October to November and March to May, the largest group recorded being 47 which flew over Skokholm on 19 February 1956.

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

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Whooper Swan – 1980s winter

Cygnus cygnus – ALARCH GOGLEDD – Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant

Whooper Swans were registered in one 10km square in Pembrokeshire for the BTO winter atlas during the winters of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84.

Graham Rees. Pembrokeshire County Bird Recorder 1981-2007

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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Whooper Swan – 1894

WHOOPER, Cygnus musicus

A rare, occasional winter visitor; not many on record.

One, in the collection of the late Mr. John Stokes, at Cuffern, was shot many years ago at Pantyphillip, some three miles inland to the south of Fishguard. One at Stackpole frequented the lake there for some time, until it was shot by Lord Cawdor, with his rifle, from the bridge crossing the lake. Singularly enough, that same day, a party shooting through the covers in the park, brought in a specimen of Bewick’s Swan that had been shot out of a flock of six or seven passing over-head. Among the “various” captured in the decoy at Orielton, a Swan is included, but the species is not given.

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

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Whooper Swan

Cygnus cygnus – ALARCH GOGLEDD – Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant

Whooper Swan – records

A table showing the number of individuals reported in the county in each month since 1993. Extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

Whooper Swan – 2020 WeBS

Cygnus cygnus – ALARCH GOGLEDD – Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant Whooper swans are uncommon in Pembrokeshire, and seen only in small numbers, if at all. So far, there have been none seen on WeBS counts in 2020-21 The graph shows the total maximum counts each winter for all Pembrokeshire sites in the Wetland […]

Whooper Swan – 1994

Cygnus cygnus – ALARCH GOGLEDD – Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant Mathew (1894) noted only undated records from Pant y Phillip and one shot by Lord Cawdor at Stackpole. Lockley et al. (1949) cited a flock at Cosheston from 24 to 28 January 1933, which had moved to Garon Pill by 29 January, and a pair […]

Whooper Swan – 1980s winter

Cygnus cygnus – ALARCH GOGLEDD – Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant Whooper Swans were registered in one 10km square in Pembrokeshire for the BTO winter atlas during the winters of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84. More about the Whooper Swan in Pembrokeshire

Whooper Swan – 1949

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

Whooper Swan – 1894

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