Snipe

Gallinago gallinago – GIACH GYFFREDIN – Winter visitor and scarce breeder

Snipe – 2020-21 WeBS

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

Snipe – 2003-07 breeding

Gallinago gallinago – GIACH GYFFREDIN – Winter visitor and scarce breeder Comparison with previous atlas: 1984-88 2003-07 Breeding confirmed Breeding probable 3 Breeding possible 6 5 No of tetrads occupied 9 (of 478) (of 490) Percentage of tetrads 1.9 % 1% Within Pembrokeshire, Snipe were considered to be fairly widespread as a breeding species until […]

Snipe – 1994

Gallinago gallinago – GIACH GYFFREDIN – Winter visitor and scarce breeder 1984-88 Breeding confirmed Breeding probable 3 Breeding possible 6 No of tetrads occupied 9 (of 478) Percentage of tetrads 1.9 % The Snipe was a widespread breeding species in Pembrokeshire throughout the times of Mathew (1894) and Lockley et al. (1949) but Saunders (1976) remarked that […]

Snipe – 1980s winter

Gallinago gallinago – GIACH GYFFREDIN – Winter visitor and scarce breeder The BTO winter atlas showed that Snipes were present in most 10km squares 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 over 37 birds, up to 200 were […]

Snipe – 1968-72 breeding

Red = breeding confirmed Orange = breeding probable Yellow = breeding possible More about the Snipe in Pembrokeshire

Common Snipe – 1949

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

Common Snipe – 1894

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

Sand Martin

Riparia riparia – GWENNOL Y GLENNYDD – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded in January and December

Sand Martin – 2003-07 breeding

Riparia riparia – GWENNOL Y GLENNYDD – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded in January and December Comparison with previous atlas: 1984-88 2003-07 Breeding confirmed 9 11 Breeding probable 1 3 Breeding possible excluded from total excluded from total No of tetrads occupied 10 (of 478) 14 (of 490) Percentage of tetrads 2.1% […]

Sand Martin – 1994

Riparia riparia – GWENNOL Y GLENNYDD – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded in January and December 1984-88 Breeding confirmed 9 Breeding probable 1 Breeding possible excluded from total No of tetrads occupied 10 (of 478) Percentage of tetrads 2.1% A common summer visitor to Mathew (1894) “nesting in banks, the sides of […]

Sand Martin – 1949

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

Sand Martin – 1894

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

Swallow

Hirundo rustica – GWENNOL – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant

Swallow – first and last dates

Hirundo rustica – GWENNOL – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant ‘Winter’ records are observations between December and March, usually at least a month after the last migration records. However, in some years this distinction is not made in the the bird reports. Year First Last Winter records 1981 17 March 31 October 2 December […]

Swallow – 2003-07 breeding

Hirundo rustica – GWENNOL – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant Comparison with previous atlas: 1984-88 2003-07 Breeding confirmed 294 338 Breeding probable 70 74 Breeding possible 62 22 No of tetrads occupied 426 (of 478) 434 (of 490) Percentage of tetrads 89.1% 88.6% Swallows are highly dependent on the availability of suitable buildings for […]

Swallow – 1994

Hirundo rustica – GWENNOL – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant 1984-88 Breeding confirmed 294 Breeding probable 70 Breeding possible 62 No of tetrads occupied 426 (of 478) Percentage of tetrads 89.1% A common summer visitor to Mathew (1894), arriving in April and departing by early October. Lockley et al. (1949) agreed that the Swallow was a […]

Swallow – 1968-72 breeding

Red = breeding confirmed Orange = breeding probable Yellow = breeding possible More about the Swallow in Pembrokeshire

Swallow – 1949

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

Swallow – 1894

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

Sparrowhawk

Accipiter nisus – GWALCH GLAS – Breeding resident

Sparrowhawk – 2003-07 breeding

Accipiter nisus – GWALCH GLAS – Breeding resident Comparison with previous atlas: 1984-88 2003-07 Breeding confirmed 37 23 Breeding probable 36 48 Breeding possible 185 125 No of tetrads occupied 258 (of 478) 196 (of 490) Percentage of tetrads 54% 40% There has been a clear decrease (23%) in the total number of tetrads in […]

Sparrowhawk – 1994

Accipiter nisus – GWALCH GLAS – Breeding resident 1984-88 Breeding confirmed 37 Breeding probable 36 Breeding possible 185 No of tetrads occupied 258 (of 478) Percentage of tetrads 54% The Sparrowhawk has always been a common resident according to both Mathew (1894) and Lockley et al. (1949). Landowners waged ineffective war against them, Lloyd noting a gibbet […]

Sparrowhawk – 1980s winter

Accipiter nisus – GWALCH GLAS – Breeding resident The BTO winter atlas showed that Sparrowhawks were present in most 10km squares 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 over 3 birds seen in a day. It is likely […]

Sparrow-Hawk – 1949

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

Sparrowhawk – 1894

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

Shore Lark

Eremophila alpestrisEhedydd y Traeth Rare visitor

Shore Lark – records

Eremophila alpestris – Ehedydd y Traeth Rare visitor Earlier records are summarised in Shore Lark 1994 1990 – 1 Skokholm 4th June 1997 – Male at Skomer 24-26 October – First Skomer record 1998 – One Castlemartin 7 February – 21 March; three there 21 November to the end of the year (PRH) 1999 – […]

Shorelark – 1994

Eremophila alpestris – Ehedydd y Traeth Rare visitor Single Shorelarks have been noted at Skokholm from 23 to 24 April 1957, from 23 to 25 April 1961 and on 4 June 1990, at Marloes Mere from 30 October to 1 November 1964, at Bicton reservoir on 1 September 1968, at Dale in mid-October 1973 and […]

Serin

Serinus serinusLlinos FrechRare visitor

Photo – serins in Portugal

Serin – records

Serinus serinus – Llinos Frech – Rare visitor Photo – serins in Portugal Earlier records are summarised in Serin 1994 1993 – 1 Skomer 12 Nov (JP) 10th Pembs record 1994 – An adult male recorded at Ramsey 22 May (IDB) 1998 – Male Porth Clais 4 Nov 2002 –  Ad male Ffynnon Faiddog (nr […]

Serin – 1994

Serinus serinus – Llinos Frech – Rare visitor Serins have been spreading northwards in Europe since at least 1800, first breeding in Great Britain in 1967 (Sharrock 1976). The first Serins recorded in Pembrokeshire were two at Marloes on 20 October 1933 (R.M. Lockley), followed by singles at Skomer on 2 April 1946 and 30-31 […]

Serin – 1949

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

Semi-palmated Sandpiper

Calidris pusillaPibydd LlwydVagrant

Semi-palmated Sandpiper – records

Calidris pusilla – Pibydd Llwyd – Vagrant There have now been four records of this attractive American peep in Pembrokeshire. The first was on Skokholm in 1964 and was also the first Welsh record. This and the most recent record were of adults whereas the 2007 individual was a juvenile. 1964: Skokholm (moulting adult) 20 to 21 July (A  […]

Semi-palmated Sandpiper – 1994

Calidris pusilla – Pibydd Llwyd – Vagrant One was at Skokholm on 20 and 21 July 1964 (A.W.Diamond, W.J.Plumb).  It was caught in a clap-net on 21 July, and as well as being ringed and photographed a comprehensive description was recorded, as befits a first record for Wales. Donovan J.W. & Rees G.H, 1994, Birds […]

Yellowhammer

Emberiza citrinella – MELYN YR EITHIN – Breeding resident

Yellowhammer – 2003-07 breeding

Emberiza citrinella – MELYN YR EITHIN – Breeding resident Comparison with previous atlas: 1984-88 2003-07 Breeding confirmed 107 15 Breeding probable 222 142 Breeding possible 54 31 No of tetrads occupied 383 (of 478) 188 (of 490) Percentage of tetrads 80.1% 38.4% Historically common and widespread in the county, it was still well-distributed during the […]

Yellowhammer – 1994

Emberiza citrinella – MELYN YR EITHIN – Breeding resident 1984-88 Breeding confirmed 107 Breeding probable 222 Breeding possible 54 No of tetrads occupied 383 (of 478) Percentage of tetrads 80.1% An extremely common resident according to Mathew (1894) and Lockley et al. (1949), the Yellowhammer still breeds throughout Pembrokeshire but is absent from deep woodland, the […]

Yellowhammer – 1980s winter

Emberiza citrinella – MELYN YR EITHIN – Breeding resident The BTO winter atlas showed that Yellowhammers were present in the majority of 10km squares 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 over 75 birds seen in a day. […]

Yellowhammer – 1968-72 breeding

Red = breeding confirmed Orange = breeding probable Yellow = breeding possible Sharrock, J.T.R. (1976) The atlas of breeding birds in Britain and Ireland. T. & A.D. Poyser More about the Yellowhammer in Pembrokeshire

Yellowhammer – 1949

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

Yellowhammer – 1894

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

Scaup

Aythya marila – HWYADEN BENDDU – Winter visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded in May

Scaup – WeBS 2020-21

Aythya marila – HWYADEN BENDDU – Winter visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded in May More about the Scaup in Pembrokeshire

Scaup – 1994

Aythya marila – HWYADEN BENDDU – Winter visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded in May Mathew (1894) considered the Scaup to be a common visitor that could be encountered offshore in “huge flocks”. Lockley et al. (1949) also considered it a common winter visitor, chiefly to Milford Haven, and stated that it was frequent at Orielton where […]

Scaup – 1980s winter

Aythya marila – HWYADEN BENDDU – Winter visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded in May The BTO winter atlas showed that Scaups were present in one estuarine, one coastal and two fresh water sites during the winters of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84. The darkest blue colour in a 10km square represents up to 13-25 birds seen […]

Scaup-duck – 1949

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

Scaup – 1894

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

Willow Warbler

Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from December to February

Willow Warbler – 2003-07 breeding

Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from December to February Comparison with previous atlas: 1984-88 2003-07 Breeding confirmed 166 47 Breeding probable 253 307 Breeding possible 8 15 No of tetrads occupied 427 (of 478) 369 (of 490) Percentage of tetrads 89.3% 75.3% This leaf warbler is familiar to many by virtue of […]

Willow Warbler – 1994

Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from December to February 1984-88 Breeding confirmed 166 Breeding probable 253 Breeding possible 8 No of tetrads occupied 427 (of 478) Percentage of tetrads 89.3% The Willow Warbler was a common summer visitor according to both Mathew (1894) and Lockley et al. (1949), the latter adding that it was […]