Willow Tit

Parus montana – TITWR HELYG – Breeding resident

Willow Tit – 2003-07 breeding

Poecile montana – TITWR HELYG – Breeding resident Comparison with previous atlas: 1984-88 2003-07 Breeding confirmed 40 8 Breeding probable 30 29 Breeding possible 36 13 No of tetrads occupied 106 (of 478) 50 (of 490) Percentage of tetrads 22.2% 10.2% The Willow Tit has a black cap and bib like the Marsh Tit but […]

Willow Tit – 1994

Parus montana – TITWR HELYG – Breeding resident 1984-88 Breeding confirmed 40 Breeding probable 30 Breeding possible 36 No of tetrads occupied 106 (of 478) Percentage of tetrads 22.2% The Willow Tit was not separated from the Marsh Tit until 1897 so it was unknown to Mathew (1894). W.M. Congreve found a nest near Haverfordwest […]

Willow Tit – 1980s winter

Parus montana – TITWR HELYG – Breeding resident The BTO winter atlas showed that Willow Tits 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 6 birds seen in a day. […]

Willow Tit – 1949

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

Sandwich Tern

Sterna sandvicensis – MOR-WENNOL FWYAF – Passage migrant. Not recorded from December to February

Sandwich Tern – 2007

Sterna sandvicensis – MOR-WENNOL FWYAF – Passage migrant. Not recorded from December to February Sandwich Terns breed on the coasts both sides of the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, Black Sea and Caspian Sea. Those from the north-west of Europe winter mainly on the west coast of Africa. The Sandwich Tern was a rare visitor to Wales […]

Sandwich Tern – 1994

Sterna sandvicensis – MOR-WENNOL FWYAF – Passage migrant. Not recorded from December to February Mathew (1894) had no records of Sandwich Tern but from his experience in North Devon thought that they must occur occasionally. Lockley et al. (1949) noted seven occurrences totalling 14 birds, at Newport, Goodwick, Skokholm, St Ann’s Head and Dale. The subsequent record until […]

Sandwich Tern – 1894

Sterna cantiaca Although this species is not included in any of the lists, we feel certain that it must occasionally visit the Pembrokeshire coasts, the Milford Haven estuary, the neighbourhoods of Tenby, Fishguard, &c. But we must at the same time state that it is very rarely seen off the North Devon coast. Mathew M.A. 1894, Birds of Pembrokeshire […]

Water Rail

Rallus aquaticus – RHEGAN Y DWR – Winter visitor and scarce breeder

Water-Rail – 2020-21 WeBS

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

Water Rail – 2003-07 breeding

Rallus aquaticus – RHEGAN Y DWR – Winter visitor and scarce breeder Comparison with previous atlas: 1984-88 2003-07 Breeding confirmed 2 1 Breeding probable 6 5 Breeding possible 12 10 No of tetrads occupied 20 (of 478) 16 (of 490) Percentage of tetrads 4.2% 3.3% This slender, long-billed crake with its cryptic brown and grey […]

Water Rail – 1994

Rallus aquaticus – RHEGAN Y DWR – Winter visitor and scarce breeder 1984-88 Breeding confirmed 2 Breeding probable 6 Breeding possible 12 No of tetrads occupied 20 (of 478) Percentage of tetrads 4.2% Bogs, moors and rough ground were much more widespread in Pembrokeshire during the nineteenth century when Mathew (1894) considered the Water Rail […]

Water Rail – 1980s winter

Rallus aquaticus – RHEGAN Y DWR – Winter visitor and scarce breeder The BTO winter atlas showed that Water rails 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 3 birds […]

Water-Rail – 1949

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

Water-Rail – 1894

Rallus aquaticus – Resident. We had numerous Water-Rails at Stone Hall, and often saw them feeding on the lawn in company with Moor-hens. In the dusk, when they were running on the garden paths, we sometimes took them for rats. We used to see plenty of them by the Cleddy when fishing, and in the winter sometimes flushed them from […]

Sanderling

Calidris alba – PIBYDD Y TYWOD – Passage migrant and winter visitor.

Sanderling – WeBS 2020-21

Calidris alba – PIBYDD Y TYWOD – Passage migrant and winter visitor. More about the Sanderling in Pembrokeshire

Sanderling – 2006

Calidris alba – PIBYDD Y TYWOD – Passage migrant and winter visitor. The Sanderling has a circumpolar Arctic tundra breeding distribution, subsequently migrating to shorelines throughout the rest of the world, short of Antarctica. Those seen in North West Europe are from Greenland and Siberia. The Sanderling was classified by early authorities as an autumn […]

Sanderling – 1994

Calidris alba – PIBYDD Y TYWOD – Passage migrant. Recorded in all months Mathew (1894) and Lockley et al.(1949) agreed that the Sanderling was principally an autumn passage migrant but that a few were seen on spring passage. More recent observation has revealed that it is now annual in its occurrence, being seen on the outer coastline, […]

Sanderling – 1980s winter

Calidris alba – PIBYDD Y TYWOD – Passage migrant. Recorded in all months The BTO winter atlas showed that Sanderlings were present in one estuarine and a few coastal  10km squares during the winters of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84. The blue colour in each 10km square represents up to 19 birds. The distribution coincides largely with […]

Sanderling – 1949

Crocethia alba Autumn and occasional spring passage migrant, especially in Milford Haven. Recorded Skokholm twice.  One in full breeding plumage, Newport, 7 June, 1926 (Bertram Lloyd) R.M.Lockley, G.C.S.Ingram, H.M.Salmon, 1949, The Birds of Pembrokeshire, The West Wales Field Society More about the Sanderling in Pembrokeshire

Sanderling – 1894

Calidris arenaria An autumn visitor; scarce; also sometimes seen on its passage north in the spring. The Sanderling is occasionally to be seen on the sands in September in small flocks, and one or two are sometimes to be found in company with the Dunlin and Ring-Plovers. Sir Hugh Owen has shot it on the sands at Goodwick. It has […]

Woodpigeon

Columba palumbus – YSGUTHAN – Breeding resident

Woodpigeon – 1994

Columba palumbus – YSGUTHAN – Breeding resident 1984-88 Breeding confirmed 174 Breeding probable 170 Breeding possible 75 No of tetrads occupied 419 (of 478) Percentage of tetrads 87.7% Mathew (1984) and Lockley et al. (1949) considered the Woodpigeon to be a common resident, most numerous in the wooded north of the county. Today they breed throughout Pembrokeshire […]

Woodpigeon – 1980s winter

Columba palumbus – YSGUTHAN – Breeding resident The BTO winter atlas showed that Woodpigeons 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 246 birds seen in a day.  More about […]

Woodpigeon – 1949

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

Woodpigeon – 1894

RING-DOVE, Columba palumbus – Resident. To be met with in all the wooded parts of the county, but it cannot be considered abundant anywhere, and we never saw such flocks in the winter time as are commonly observed in England. We had many Ring-doves in our plantations at Stone Hall, where they were constantly harried and devoured by the […]

Sabine’s Gull

Xema sabiniGwylan SabineScarce passage migrant

Sabine’s Gull – records

Xema sabini – GWYLAN SABINE – Scarce passage migrant Records to 2006 are summarised and analysed in Sabine’s Gull 2006. 2007 – Participants in pelagic trips to the Celtic Deep were rewarded with views of beautiful single adults on the 26th & 31st Aug. All other records were from Strumble Head in September where: single […]

Sabine’s Gull – 2006

Xema sabini – Gwylan Sabine – Scarce passage migrant The Sabine’s Gull is an Arctic breeding species, with an estimated total population of less than 100,000 pairs. Most breed in Canada and Eastern Russia, with about 100 – 200 pairs in Greenland and sporadic outliers in Spitzbergen. The east Canadian and Greenland populations cross to […]

Sabine’s Gull – 1994

Xema sabini – Gwylan Sabine – Scarce passage migrant Mathew (1894) cites three Pembrokeshire occurrences, at Milford Haven in the autumn of 1839, near Amroth on 12 November 1892 and an undated record of a bird taken at Stackpole. No more were recorded until one was seen at Skokholm on 11 October 1968, followed by […]

Sabine’s Gull – 1894

Xenia sabinii – A rare, occasional straggler from the far north; only three occurrences. In Mr. Mathias’ list. One killed by a keeper of Lord Cawdor was seen by Mr. Mathias in Tracy’s shop, at Pembroke. This was a young bird in the first year’s plumage, and is now in the collection at Stackpole. In the first edition of his […]

Wood Warbler

Phylloscopus sibilatrix – TELOR Y COED – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from November to March

Wood Warbler – 2003-07 breeding

Phylloscopus sibilatrix – TELOR Y COED – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from November to March Comparison with previous atlas: 1984-88 2003-07 Breeding confirmed 7 3 Breeding probable 40 19 Breeding possible 4 3 No of tetrads occupied 51 (of 478) 25 (of 490) Percentage of tetrads 10.7% 5.1% This summer visitor […]

Wood Warbler – 1994

Phylloscopus sibilatrix – TELOR Y COED – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from November to March 1984-88 Breeding confirmed 7 Breeding probable 40 Breeding possible 4 No of tetrads occupied 51 (of 478) Percentage of tetrads 10.7% Mathew (1894) knew of no definite breeding records for Wood Warbler, and described it as […]

Wood Warbler – 1949

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

Wood Warbler – 1894

Phylloscopus sibilatrix – A scarce and very local summer visitor. We greatly doubt if it occurs to the west of the Precelly Mountains. We could never meet with it in the woods at Stone Hall, or in the large covers of Trecwn, which we have visited in the summer on purpose to search for it. In the south of the […]

Whinchat

Saxicola rubetra – CREC YR EITHIN – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from December to February

Whinchat – 2012 research

Saxicola rubetra – CREC YR EITHIN – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from December to February The Whinchat Saxicola rubetra is a migrant breeding species favouring open country such as heathland, moorland, bogs, marshes and light scrub. The latest atlas of breeding birds in Pembrokeshire 2003-07 (Rees et al 2009) found that their distribution had been […]

Whinchat – 2003-07 breeding

Saxicola rubetra – CREC YR EITHIN – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from December to February Comparison with previous atlas: 1984-88 2003-07 Breeding confirmed 23 7 Breeding probable 17 2 Breeding possible 2 3 No of tetrads occupied 42 (of 478) 12 (of 490) Percentage of tetrads 8.8% 2.5% Fifty pairs were found during […]

Whinchat – 1994

Saxicola rubetra – CREC YR EITHIN – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from December to February 1984-88 Breeding confirmed 23 Breeding probable 17 Breeding possible 2 No of tetrads occupied 42 (of 478) Percentage of tetrads 8.8% The Whinchat was regarded as a scarce summer resident by Lockley et al. (1949), and Saunders (1976) added that […]

Whinchat – 1949

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

Whinchat – 1894

Pratincola rubetra – A summer visitor. Although Mr. Dix wrote that the Whinchat was decidedly rare in his district, which was the north-eastern corner of the county immediately adjoining Cardiganshire, we have found that it is pretty generally distributed, and have seen it on the Precelly Hlils at Rosebush, on Cuffern Mountain, at St. David’s, at Stone Hall, where we have […]

Wheatear

Oenanthe oenanthe – TINWEN Y GARN – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded in February and December

Wheatear – first and last dates

Oenanthe oenanthe – TINWEN Y GARN – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded in February and December Earlier records are summarised in Wheatear 1994 Year First arrival Last to leave 1993 9 March 3 November 1994 1 March 21 October 1995 11 March 20 October 1996 9 March 17 November 1997 9 March […]

Wheatear – 2003-07 breeding

Oenanthe oenanthe – TINWEN Y GARN – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded in February and December Comparison with previous atlas: 1984-88 2003-07 Breeding confirmed 42 36 Breeding probable 19 19 Breeding possible 24 31 No of tetrads occupied 85 (of 478) 86 (of 490) Percentage of tetrads 17.8% 17.6% It was estimated […]

Wheatear – 1994

Oenanthe oenanthe – TINWEN Y GARN – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded in February and December 1984-88 Breeding confirmed 42 Breeding probable 19 Breeding possible 24 No of tetrads occupied 85 (of 478) Percentage of tetrads 17.8% Mathew (1894) and Lockley et al. (1949) regarded the Wheatear as a common breeder on the islands, […]

Wheatear – 1968-72 breeding

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

Wheatear – 1949

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

Wheatear – 1894

Saxicola oenanthe – A summer visitor. Common all round the coast, and very numerous on the Precelly Hills. On their arrival in the spring we used to see Wheatears for a few days about our fields at Stone Hall, but they soon moved on towards the hills. Mr. Dix writes: “I was agreeably surprised to find this bird breeding about […]

Booted Warbler

Iduna caligataTelor BacsiogVagrant

Booted Warbler – Records

Iduna caligata – Telor Bacsiog – Vagrant 1993: Dyfed Skokholm, 25th-28th September, photo. (J.E. & J.W.Donovan, I. & K.Johnson et al.). 2000: Pembrokeshire Skomer, 14th-15th September (S.Avery, M.J.Pilsworth). 2013: Singles Ramsey on 23rd September and Skokholm on 25th September. Both accepted by BBRC as the 2nd & 3rd county records and only the 5th & 6th for […]

Booted Warbler – 1994

Iduna caligata – Telor Bacsiog – Vagrant The Booted warbler is a rare vagrant to Britain from Asia, and the first record for Wales was at Skokholm on 25-28 September 1993 (M.Betts, J.W.Donovan et al). Donovan J.W. & Rees G.H, 1994, Birds of Pembrokeshire More about the Booted Warbler in Pembrokeshire