Woodlark – records

Lullula arboreaEhedydd y CoedFormer breeding resident, now an occasional visitor

Earlier records are summarised in Woodlark 1994

1993 – One, Skomer 11 Oct, 2 Skokholm 23 Oct

1994 – Singles at Scolton 22 Jan, Stackpole Warren 22 Oct, Cemaes Head 2 Nov, Castlemartin 18 Dec

1995 – One Strumble Head 18 Nov

1997– One, Skomer 23 Oct

1998 – Singles Skomer 3 Oct, Strumble 1 Nov, 2 perhaps 3 at Porthlisky Farm 18 Nov

1999 – Singles Skomer 19 Oct (JGB) Porth Clais 29-30 Jan (OR) Broad Haven (S) and Bosherston 13-14 Nov (AW et al)

2000 – single at Strumble 2 May

2002 – single at Strumble Head 21 Oct

2003 – Single Porth Clais 26 Oct (PKG, AR, OR).

2005 – One Bosherston flew over W (DJA)

2010 – Single Skomer on 1st Nov (DB).

2012 – One at Heathfield Gravel Pit on 27th Oct was the only record of this rare visitor (MYP).

2013 – one ringed at Pembroke refinery in November – photo on Pembrokeshire Ringing Group website. (24 Oct 2013 – Birdguides – MYP on the blog)

2014 – The only accepted record was one that flew over St Davids Head 24 Oct

2015 –  Skomer on 11th Oct – not submitted to WRP (Birdguides)

Source – Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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Woodlark – 1994

Lullula arboreaEhedydd y CoedFormer breeding resident, now an occasional visitor

Woodlarks were generally distributed in Pembrokeshire up to 1866 but their numbers were then severely depressed by the attention of bird catchers. They sold for 36 shillings a dozen, and in consequence were sought after to the point where Mathew (1894) feared they had nearly been obliterated from the county list.

Numbers recovered during the 1900s and Bertram Lloyd found them widespread during 1927 and 1928. His diaries note their disappearance following the severe winter of 1928/29, but encounters increased from 1931 to 1937.

Lockley et al. (1949) noted that the Woodlark was widely distributed on heath and moorland, particularly around the foothills of the Preseli Mountains, being scarcest in the extreme west. This continued to be the situation until the arctic winters of 1962 and 1963 virtually exterminated them. A pair reared young at Amroth in 1965 and five were seen near Brynberian in May 1967 but there has been no sign of breeding since.

The Woodlark is now only an occasional visitor, one or two being recorded in only nine years between 1970 and 1992, in March and April at Skokholm and Skomer, August and October at Skomer and October and November at Strumble Head. There are winter records of four at Stackpole, in February 1984, and one there in January 1987.

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

CONDER, P.J. 1954. Weather movements at Dale and Marloes, Pembrokeshire. British Birds 47: 349—350.

LLOYD, B. 1925—1939. Diaries. National Library of Wales.

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Woodlark – 1894

Alauda arborea – Resident, but scarce and local. Has been much persecuted by birdcatchers.

The Rev. C. M. Phelps only once saw a Woodlark in the neighbourhood of Tenby. Mr. Tracy says it was common in his day around Pembroke. We had none nesting in our fields at Stone Hall, where we only saw it in small flocks in the winter months. We once saw a flock consisting of about thirty in a small furze brake. A few pairs were reported as nesting between Letterstone and Fishguard, but the whole time we were in the county we never once heard the song of this bird, and as we were constantly driving about during the summer we must have done so had any been in the district. We believe that it has become much more scarce since Mr. Tracy and Mr. Dix penned their notes upon the birds of the county.

Writing in 1866, Mr. Dix could then say of the Woodlark that it was “very generally distributed, and a constant resident. It is an early breeder. I saw a young one that could fly in the beginning of May, and I have every reason to believe there was a second brood, for in July four more young ones appeared, and they are now generally in the same locality with the old birds. They are now in small flocks of eight or ten apparently family parties. During the severe weather last February a flock of five came into the yard, feeding by the stable-doors and in the cattle yards ; they were very tame, often allowing me to get within four or five yards of them. I have heard this bird singing every month throughout the year.”

The local birdcatchers used to obtain 36s. a dozen for fresh caught Woodlaiks, hens and cocks taken together, so it is no wonder that they sought after them persistently, and have nearly obliterated this sweet songster from our county list.

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

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Lullula arboreaEhedydd y CoedFormer breeding resident, now an occasional visitor

Woodlark – records

Lullula arborea – Ehedydd y Coed – Former breeding resident, now an occasional visitor Earlier records are summarised in Woodlark 1994 1993 – One, Skomer 11 Oct, 2 Skokholm 23 Oct 1994 – Singles at Scolton 22 Jan, Stackpole Warren 22 Oct, Cemaes Head 2 Nov, Castlemartin 18 Dec 1995 – One Strumble Head 18 […]

Woodlark – 1994

Lullula arborea – Ehedydd y Coed – Former breeding resident, now an occasional visitor Woodlarks were generally distributed in Pembrokeshire up to 1866 but their numbers were then severely depressed by the attention of bird catchers. They sold for 36 shillings a dozen, and in consequence were sought after to the point where Mathew (1894) […]

Woodlark – 1968-72 breeding

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Wood Lark – 1949

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

Woodlark – 1894

Alauda arborea – Resident, but scarce and local. Has been much persecuted by birdcatchers. The Rev. C. M. Phelps only once saw a Woodlark in the neighbourhood of Tenby. Mr. Tracy says it was common in his day around Pembroke. We had none nesting in our fields at Stone Hall, where we only saw it in small flocks in the […]