Species accounts reproduced by kind permission of the Wildlife Trust for South and West Wales (direct descendents of the West Wales Field Society).
The species accounts take up the second half of the original book – the first half is devoted to a description of the county and it’s birding sites, with an overview of some of the bird groups, particularly the seabirds, and some historical references.
R.M.Lockley, G.C.S.Ingram, H.M.Salmon, 1949, The Birds of Pembrokeshire, The West Wales Field Society
Mathew described it a summer visitor abundant on brooks “near Maenchlogog” There is, however, no evidence so far that it has bred in the county. On the coasts and the islands a passage migrant in small numbers
Mathew describes it as a fairly common autumn visitor, occasionally staying the winter.
One killed St Davids, 8 Aug 1911 (Bertram Lloyd). One seen River Alan, 3 Sept 1930 (D.L.Lack) One seen near Pembroke, 5 and 7 July, 1936 by B.L. who considered it a regular autumn passage migrant. Recorded Skokholm: 1 Oct 1946, 28 July, 8 and 19 Aug 1947
Mathew described it as an autumn visitor, scarcer than formerly.
It has never been proved to breed in spite of a general increase in the last fifty years. Suspected breeding near St Davids, June 1932 (B.Birds XXXVI, 202) and 1948 (J.F.). Abundant visitor Milford Haven in winter.
Numerous and increasing resident. Probably not less than eighty pairs breeding, of which about sixty pairs nest on the coastal and island cliffs, the rest inland, sometimes on trees. Bertram Lloyd records a pair nesting in a fir tree near Angle as long ago as 1931. Breeding at Treffgarne Rocks (mentioned by Mathew, who thought there were about twenty nests in the county, including “a nest or two in . . Ramsey and Skomer”). Four pairs Skomer 1946. One pair breeds regularly Grassholm. Clutches of six eggs are common and one of seven has been recorded (Major W.M.Congreve). Flocks of up to fifty seen together July-October, notably on West coast.