Lapwing – breeding records since 2000

Vanellus vanellus – CORNCHWIGLEN – Breeding resident and winter visitor

The lapwing has declined drastically as a breeding species in Pembrokeshire. See the 2003-07 breeding bird atlas. The article charts the decline since 2000.

2000 – 4 or 5 pairs attempted to breed in Castle Martin area; Skokholm 2 nests with incubating birds and Skomer 1 pair – no success reported.  On Ramsey 7 pairs raised 4 chicks.

2001 – Only breeding record received: Ramsey, 10 males holding territories, 8 clutches laid, 5 possibly 6 fledglings. No breeding birds on Skokholm for just the second time on record; on Skomer an adult appeared with a fully-fledged juvenile on 4 July. As a breeder seems to be in a perilous state.

2002 – Only breeding records received: Ramsey: 9 males holding territory. 8 clutches laid; 8 young fledged, including 3 from the second clutch.  2 adults + 2 chicks at Freshwater W 26 May. Possible incubating at Brownslade 1 June. 5 of 6 chicks, from 2 pairs, ringed at Kilpaison 17 May.

2003 – Lapwings maintained their tenuous hold in the county.  8 males held territory Ramsey, 6 young fledged; up to 6 pairs at Kilpaison, but no chicks fledged.

2004  – Breeding attempted at Castlemartin Corse.  On Ramsey there were 8 apparently occupied sites, 4-5 young fledged.  4 pairs bred at Kilpaison.

2005 – Ramsey – 5 pairs, 5 young fledged, 5 or 6 nests at old BP site, Kilpaison, 7 pulli ringed.

2006 – Ramsey – 6 pairs fledged 8 young. Also 2 pairs + 2 singles at old BP site, Kilpaison and 1 pair Range E, Castlemartin in April/May.

2007 – Six pairs attempted to breed on Ramsey but no young were fledged

2008 – no records of breeding

2009 – A pair at Treswny Moor from 3rd May to 4th June showed behaviour suggestive of breeding, but breeding not confirmed. 5 pairs bred on Ramsey but the young were predated, chiefly by corvids, and no young fledged. 5 pairs attempted to breed at Kilpaison, again all were unsuccessful

2010 – Two pairs bred on Ramsey

2011 – The only report of breeding came from Ramsey, where two pairs fledged just two young in total.

2012 – Three pairs bred on Ramsey but only one young fledged. Otherwise there were no reports of breeding and the only summer record was of a single bird at Marloes Mere on 8th July.

2013 – A report of presumed breeding involved two adults and three juveniles at Marloes Mere on 1st Sept, and at least one pair is also believed to have bred at Castlemartin Corse but no details were submitted. One pair bred on Ramsey.

2014 – no reports of breeding on the mainland – one pair bred on Ramsey, fledging one young.

2015 – no breeding records received (two males on Ramsey but no females).

2016 – Breeding attempted at Castlemartin Corse, but outcome unknown.

2017 – No reported evidence of breeding

2018 – No breeding records received.

2019 – No breeding evidence was reported.

2020 – No breeding evidence was reported

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

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Fieldfare – first and last dates

Turdus pilaris – SOCAN EIRA – Winter visitor and passage migrant.

YearLast spring recordFirst autumn record
19818 April4 Oct
198218 April6 Oct
198318 March25 Sept
19846 May5 Oct
198530 March13 Oct
198623 April13 Sept
198727 April13 Sept
19889 April9 Oct
19894 May21 Oct
199025 April26 Sept
199116 April10 Oct
19928 April5 Oct
199319 April23 Sept
19943 May2 Oct
199513 March12 Oct
199617 April10 Oct
199710 April7 Oct
199828 April5 Oct
199928 March4 Oct
20007 May26 Oct
200113 April20 Sept
20027 April6 Oct
200317 April5 Oct
20041 May8 Oct
20055 April14 Oct
200628 March16 Oct
200721 May28 Sept
200830 March26 Sept
20099 March9 Oct
201020 April20 Oct
20117 April14 Oct
201213 April14 Oct
201330 April4 Oct
201428 May9 Oct
20153 April7 Oct
201611 April9 Oct
20178 May14 Oct
201820 April11 Oct
201917 April5 Oct
202018 April28 Sept

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

A few gaps in the records have been filled with records from the islands, or from Birdtrack

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Leach’s Petrel – records since 2000

Oceanodroma leucorhoaPedryn-Drycin Gynffon FforchogProbably a regular visitor in variable numbers.

See here for a summary and analysis of records to 2012

2000 Recorded only at Strumble Hd, where singles on 5,11 & 12 Oct and 3 Nov, 4 on 8 Sept and 11 on 31 Oct.

2001 3 St David’s Hd 16 Sept, total of 260 logged passing Strumble Hd on 10 dates, 19 Aug – 16 Sept, also one there 8 Nov, maxa 35 on 8 Sept, 81 on 15 Sept and 122 on 16 Sept, the latter a new daily max for Pembs.

2002 14 Goultrop Rds 3 Feb (KJSD, GHR, AS), 6 Strumble Hd 6 Feb (CB, GHR et al ). No autumn records.

2003 Singles Strumble Hd 8 Sept, 8 & 9 Oct, 2 on 6 Oct, 10 on 7 Oct, 15 on 4 Oct and 19 on 23 Sept.

2004 Strumble Hd 13 in August, 85 in Sept, 2 in Oct and 1 in Nov. Max passage 47 on 23 Sept. Only other record was of 3 in Newport Bay 23 Sept.

2005 One Strumble Hd 23 Aug, 4 on 27 Sept, 5 on 29 Sept, 29 on Oct, 22 on 2 Oct and 6 on 4 Nov. Singles S of Grassholm 18 Sept and N of the Smalls 20 Sept.

2006 Single Caldey Sound 29 Aug, Strumble Hd 29 Aug, 21 & 22 Sept and 1 Oct, with 2 on 7 Sept & 7 Oct.
Marked “wreck” inshore during onshore gales in Dec, when 7 Newgale 3 Dec, 3 on 4 Dec and 22 on 7 Dec, 7 Druidston 7 Dec, 14 Strumble Hd 8 Dec, with 4 on 9 Dec, c. 150 Freshwater W 5 Dec (a new county day max) 37 there 7 Dec. Singles seen in car parks at Cwm yr Eglwys 7 Dec and riverside, Haverfordwest, 3 Dec, latter rescued but later died.

2007 All records were from Strumble Head with singles on 3rd, 10th, 17th, 22nd and 24th Sept, and 3 on 25th Sept

2008 One in North Haven Skomer on 3rd Oct, otherwise all records were from Strumble Head where a single passed on the 11th Aug . & 13th Sept. In October, a total of 5 were logged on the 1st , 6 on the 2nd, and 9 on the 3rd.

2009 All records were – Strumble Head Singles in Sept on 8th & 9th another on 4th Oct with 3 on 5th Nov. Elsewhere one Ramsey 23rd Nov (2nd record for the island) and one at Freshwater West on 25th Nov.

2010 All records were from Strumble Head where in September, two passed on 12th, six on 15th, 120 on 16th and two on 17th. One passed on 19th Oct.

2011 Strumble Head had 75 birds which were recorded on eight dates between 13th Sept & 19th Oct, max 33 on 18th Sept. One was seen off Ramsey on 6th Oct.

2012 At Strumble Head 47 birds passed on five dates between 11th Sept & 28th Oct, max 29 on 18th Sept. A single off Ramsey on 11th Sept. Recorded passing Ramsey, one on 11th Sept and two on 18th.

2013 At Strumble Head a total of 37 birds passed on seven dates between 16th Sept & 3rd Nov, max 22 on 18th Sept.

2014 Only five recorded off Strumble Head this year, a single on 19th Oct and four on 21st of the same month. Ramsey had single birds on 21st Oct & 7th Nov, the first records there since 2011.

2015 At Strumble Head eleven birds recorded, a single on 21st Oct, nine on 21st Nov and another single on 11th Dec. One spring/early summer record, on May 22nd one seen from a boat 30 nautical miles SW of Skomer.

2016 A single bird on 30th Aug was the only record for the year.

2017 The best year for this species for some time at Strumble Head, 103 birds recorded, maximum 50 on 9th Sept. 22 recorded passing Ramsey on 15th Sept was an island record. One off Skomer on 21st Oct was observed to be taken by a Peregrine and another was seen the following day.

2018 The only records came from Strumble Head: seven on 21st Sept and three on 23rd Sept.

2019 Passage off Strumble Head, all records were in September: 19 on 1st, one on 4th, three on 5th and two on 7th. Elsewhere: one in Fishguard Harbour on 5 Sept and two off Teifi Estuary mouth on 4 Sept.

2020 One off Skomer 26 Aug and two off Strumble Head on 8 Oct, with one 16 Nov.

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

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Siberian Chiffchaff – records

Phylloscopus collybita – SIFF-SAFF/SIFF SIAFF – Breeding summer visitor, passage migrant and winter visitor

Photo: Siberian chiffchaff caught on Skokholm © Richard Brown. This was the second spring record of Siberian Chiffchaff for the island. It was interesting to note how the appearance of the ear coverts of today’s bird could change from the classic ‘tobacco’ to rather pale.

The nominate subspecies of chiffchaff P.c. collybita is a summer visitor and according to the 2007-11 BTO atlas, was the most common breeding warbler species in Wales. Two other subspecies breed to the east and north of Britain – P.c. abietinus (Scandinavian chiffchaff)and P.c. tristis (Siberian chiffchaff) and are occasional visitors.

According to the International Ornithological Congress, the tristis subspecies breeds across Russia, as far west as the White Sea, and south to northern Mongolia, and winters across Arabia and east to Burma. Close monitoring by the Welsh Birds Rarities Committee demonstrated that the Siberian Chiffchaff occurs regularly on autumn passage, and there is evidence that southern Britain is becoming an alternative wintering area for some individuals.

Siberian Chiffchaffs are late autumn migrants, most arriving in late October and November but some remain over winter. Most are found along the north and south coasts of Wales, with just a handful recorded inland. A small number of spring migrants have also been recorded, mainly on Bardsey, which are presumed to be wintering individuals moving north.

This article explains how to distinguish between the races.

Pembrokeshire records are as follows:

1995 – Birds ascribed to tristis race noted Monk Haven 11 Mar, Ramsey 25 Sept and St Davids Hd 22 Oct and abietinus race trapped and ringed Pwllcrochan 18 Nov.

1996 – A single bird showing characteristics of the race tristis Skomer 9 Nov.

2003 –  In Jan/Feb, up to 6 recorded at Monk Haven, including 1 showing characteristics of the eastern race tristis.

2004 – There were reports of a tristis type bird at Monk Haven in the first winter period. One was showing characters of this race Porth Clais 13 and 18 Nov.

2005 – A tristis type individual was reported Monks Haven in Dec

2014 – Individuals showing characteristics of “Siberian Chiffchaff” P. c. tristis included two at Pembroke Mill Pond on 16th Feb (A. Mears, R. Kelsh) and one was trapped on Skokholm on 2nd Nov, feathers of which were DNA tested by Aberdeen University and confirmed its taxonomy (RB et al).

2015 – Individuals showing characteristics of “Siberian Chiffchaff” P. c. tristis included: at Monk Haven 2nd Jan (DJA et al), on Skokholm 23rd Oct (RDB) and one caught on the Teifi Marshes 15th Oct (CJ, KM).

2016 – Siberian race Phylloscopus collybita tristis: up to two at Milton on 16th Feb – 7th March (RE et al)

2017 – Birds of the Siberian race tristis at Skokholm 28th – 31st May (RB et al – DNA confirmed identification) and two on Skomer on 17th -18th Nov, with one until 19th (ES).

2018 – Three single Siberian Chiffchaffs Phylloscopus collybita tristis on Skokholm on 7th, 16th and 20th Oct (RB, GE). Accepted by WRP on DNA analysis.

2019 – An individual showing characteristics of Siberian Chiffchaff was recorded on Skomer on 27 – 29 Oct.

2020 – Siberian Chiffchaff tristis: one Skokholm 11 April, confirmed by DNA analysis.


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

PRITCHARD R, HUGHES J, SPENCE I M, HAYCOCK B, BRENCHLEY A (Eds) 2020. Birds of Wales.  Liverpool University Press

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Cory’s Shearwater – Records since 2008

Calonectris diomedeaAderyn-Drycin CoryOccasional visitor

See here for earlier records

2008Single off St Govans Head on 17th Aug (CH). Circulating WRP
2011All records from Strumble Head where a total of five birds passed, four on 17th July in the space of 32 minutes before 6.42 in the morning (RS). The other, an evening bird, on 21st August (AR). These are first birds to be recorded at Strumble since 2006. Both records have been accepted by WRP.
2013At Strumble Head single birds recorded on 23rd June (AR), 24th August (MH et al), both accepted by WRP.
2014The autumn started off with one seen off Skokholm on 1st August the seventh record for the island (RB), Strumble then had a good run of birds at the end of August with a single on 29th, two on 30th and another single on 31st (AR, SM). If accepted along with the Great Shearwater records it is the first time both large Shearwaters have been recorded on three consecutive days at Strumble. Records circulating WRP.
2015Cory’s Shearwater, Strumble Head 19th July. Not submitted to WRP
2016The rarer of the two large Shearwaters, single birds passed Strumble Head on 8th Aug (AR, RHD). Another at sea on 18th Aug (PR & SL Murray). Accepted WRP.

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

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Firecrest – first and last dates

Regulus ignicapillus – DRYW PENFFLAMGOCH – Passage migrant and winter visitor.

Yearlast recordfirst recordNotes
198114 Feb19 Nov
1982?24 Oct6 at Bosherston
198323 Feb25 Nov
198422 April1 Nov
1985no records
198626 Sept
198731 August
198813 June21 SeptJune records from Skokholm
198919 May12 Sept
199010 June22 SeptJune records from Skokholm
199119 Feb26 Sept
199230 May29 Sept
199325 April26 August
199411 Feb27 Sept
199521 March21 Sept1 on Skokholm 6 June
199618 May12 Oct
19977 Jan13 Sept
199820 May3 Oct
199926 April5 Oct
200017 April13 Oct
200116 Jan6 Oct
200223 March23 Septsinging male on Skokholm 12 June
200330 March15 Oct
20044 Aprilseen in autumn, places but no dates given
200517 March29 Sept
20064 May24 Sept
20077 March27 SeptLarge autumn influx (details in the report)
200823 March24 Sept
200927 Feb12 Sept
2010MarchSept6 in Jan, 4 in Feb, 1 in March
1 in Sept, 2 in Oct, 13 in Nov, 4 in Dec
20111 March27 Oct
201226 May10 Sept
201310 April30 Sept
201416 Feb17 Sept
2015Excellent year for this species, details in the report
)201612 May7 Oct
201711 May27 Sept
201831 May29 Sept
201910 Jan15 Sept
202031 March18 Sept

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

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Curlew Sandpiper – records

Calidris ferruginea – PIBYDD CAMBIG – Scarce visitor

Records since 1990 extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

1990one Skokholm 30 AprilSingles Gann 26 Aug, 4 & 10 Oct, with up to 7 between 1 & 29 Sept. Singles Angle Bay 26 July and 13 Oct with 6 on 13 Sept. 9 Carew River 30 Sept: One Hook 6 Oct.
19911-4 recorded from coastal sites, 15 July—22 Sept With maxa of 7 at the Teifi 6-8 Sept, 9 at the Gann on 8-10 Sept and 12 at Nevern Est on 13—14 Sept.
1992Singles Gann, 28 MaySingle Gann, 1st Sept
1993One in summer plumage Gann 9 May.Up to 5 Gann many days 27 Aug – 11 Sept. One Teifi Est 31 Aug, up to 7 Nevern Est 9-11th Sept, 18 Sept, 26 Sept and 10 Oct. 4 Westfield Pill 3 Sept, 3 Sprinkle Pill 13 Oct, one Skokholm 27, 28 and 30 Aug.
1994One in summer plumage Fishguard Harb 24 July (first July record). Singles Hook 8 Sept, Sprinkle Pill 10 Sept, Cleddau Est 16 Sept, Gann 18 Sept, Nevern Est 20 Sept and Skokholm 22 Sept
1995Singles Nevern Est I Apr and 17 May, only spring records.Singles Skokholm 26 and 27 July, Hook 9 Sept, Little Milford 10 Sept and Gann 18 Sept.
1996No spring records but, as with Little Stint, an exceptional autumn.One, Nevern Est. 31 Aug where numbers increased to 26 by 29 Sept. A similar story at Angle Bay, 5 there 8 Sept rising to 29 by 22 Sept (new county max). 11 Hook 22 Sept. Up to 4 Blucks Pool, Dale Airfield, Gann, Lawrenny, Llanstadwell, Skokholm and Teifi Marshes between 8 Sept and 1 8 Oct.
1997One, Gann 21 May, was only spring record.4 Gann 18 Aug, singles there 31 Aug and 3 Sept. Singles Nevern Est 31 Aug and 19 – 29 Sept, Angle Bay 26 Sept with 2 there 28 Sept
1998A single Poppit 31 July, up to 4 Angle Bay 10 Aug – 26 Sept, up to 2 Nevern Est 29 Aug – 27 Sept, one Carew MP 4 Sept with 3 there on 5 Sept, 2 Gann 24 Sept.
1999In autumn only, when 1-2 recorded Angle Bay, Gann, Nevern Est, Pwllgwaelod and Strumble Hd, with 6 Gann 25 Aug and 12 Landshipping 7 Sept. One Gann 13 Nov was first Pembs record for that month.
2000Singles Gann 31 Aug, 4 Sept, 23 Sept, 24 Sept; Teifi Est 25 July, 29 Sept; Angle Bay 3 Oct; 1 or 2 Nevern Est 1 – 10 Sept.
2001Singles, Angle Bay 11 & 13 May, 2 there on 12 May.One, Sprinkle Pill 9 Aug, 4 Blucks Pool 8 Sept, 2 Teifi Est 25 Sept, up to 2 Gann 17 Sept – 27 Sept.
20022 Strumble Hd 23 Aug, 3 there 26 Aug; up to 3 Nevern Est 5 – 30 Sept; one Angle Bay 6 Sept, 2 there 7 Sept; singles Gann 7 Sept, Carew Mill 12 Sept, Freshwater W 12 Sept, Skomer 13-15 Sept; 3 Little Milford 18 Sept.
2003One Strumble Hd 13 Sept; 2 Angle Bay 13 Sept, one there 15 Sept; singles Landshipping 14 Sept, Treginnis 14 Oct.
2004Singles, Nevern Est 20 & 23 Sept, up to 4 there 10-– 29 Oct. Singles, Skomer 10 & 27 Sept, Gann 30 Sept & 1 Oct.
2005Single, Angle Bay 14&15 May, the only spring record.Singles, Angle Bay 23 Aug – 14 Sept, 6 on 2 Sept. Up to 2 Pembroke MP 4 – 6 Sept. Singles, Nevern Est 4 Sept & 5 Oct, Gann 12 Sept, Strumble Hd 25 Sept, Fishguard Harb 22 Oct.
20063 juveniles, Angle Bay 24 Aug, 2 there 22 Sept, 4 there 23 Sept. Singles, Fishguard Harb 1 – 15 Sept, Gann 17 Sept. 2 Teifi Est 10 – 20 Sept.
2007singles at the Nevern Est. on the 29th April and in May on the Teifi Est. on the 1st, 2nd and 26th.In autumn. singles at Angle Bay on the 6th & 16th Sept., 8th & 10th Oct. with three there on the 7th Sept. At the Gann, there were three on the 4th Oct., then up to 5 from the 5th Oct. to the 31st Oct.  Elsewhere singles at Fishguard Harbour on the 15th Sept., at Hook on the 16th Sept. and on the Nevern Est. on the 16th & 26th Sept.
2008All records were in autumn: 5 at Stackpole Warren on the 1 Sept, up to 6 on the Nevern Est. on 7 dates from the 12th to the19th Sept, up to 4 on the Teifi Est. on 8 dates from the 13th to the 28th Sept. and singles at the Gann on the 14th Sept.
2009One on the Nevern Est on 22nd MaySingles on the Nevern Est on 27th & 28th Sept, 15th – 22nd Oct, at Angle Bay on 3rd & 7th Sept, 21 Oct and passing Strumble Head on 23rd Sept.
2010Widely reported in the period from 31st Aug to 25th Oct, at Angle Bay/Kilpaison, Gann, Pembroke Upper Millpond, Skomer, Strumble Head, Teifi Estuary and Western Cleddau. Most sightings involved one or two birds, with maxima of four at Newport from 7th to 9th Sept and seven at Angle Bay on 22nd Sept.
2011There were four juveniles at Nevern Est on 30th and 31st Aug and five there on 4th Sept. Elsewhere, single juveniles were at The Gann on 1st – 4th Sept, with two there on 3rd. Thereafter, two birds were at Kilpaison on 7th Sept and a single bird was at the Teifi Est on 10th & 11th Sept.
2012The only record was of a single on the Teifi Est. on 5th May (CJ).
2013All sightings were of returning birds in the period from 28th Aug to 12th Sept. Recorded at Newport, The Gann, Marloes Mere, St Dogmael’s, Cosheston Pill, Pembroke Dock, Teifi Est and Rhoscrowther shore. Maxima of three birds were at Newport on 28th Aug, The Gann on 1st & 3rd Sept, St Dogmael’s on 1st Sept and at Cosheston Pill & Pembroke Dock on 3rd Sept.
2014The only reports were of one at Angle Bay on 27th Aug, another there 14th Sept, one at Teifi Est on 13th & 14th Sept and of two at Nevern Est on 14th – 15th Sept.
2015The only reports were of an adult in summer plumage on Skokholm on 10th July and a juv at Nevern Est on 27th Aug.
2016one at the Gann 24th & 30th Angle 26th Aug, increasing to five on 27th Aug, then six there on 3rd Sept, four at the Gann on 1st Sept with a single there on 30th Oct, two at Carew-Cresswell on September WeBs, on the Teifi Est from 1st – 26th Sept, with max of seven on the 8th and one at Newport on 16th Sept. Two logged passing Strumble Head on 29th Aug.
2017two at Angle Bay on 8th Maysingles at Angle 23rd Sept & 21st – 22nd Oct and two at Nevern Est on 11th Sept with a single there on 29th Oct.
2018Singles Gann 29th & 30Singles Gann 29th & 30th May (photo below by C. Reed), 10th & 29th Sept and at Little Milford 10th Sept.
2019One at the Gann 11 May.Two at the Gann 23 Aug, a single there 7 Sept and three on 10 Nov. Elsewhere
singles on Skokholm 3 Aug, at Nevern Est. 3 & 22 Sept, Dale Airfield 15 Sept and up to three
on the Teifi Est 1 – 28 Sept.
2020Singles at Carew on 26 Mar, Teifi Est 27 – 28 Apr, at the Gann 4 May and presumably the same individual on Skokholm 5 – 9 May.Singles at the Gann 30 Aug – 1 Oct & 18 Oct, with three there 2 Sept, three Nevern Est 2 Sept, two Little Milford 10 Sept, with one on 23 Oct, two at Landshipping 20 Sept and singles on Teifi Est 2 Sept and at Angle Bay 14 Sept & 23 Nov.

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Yellow Wagtail – First and last dates

Motacilla flava – SIGLEN FELEN – Passage migrant, has bred. Not recorded from December to February

Passage dates for flava/flassima only

198121 April – 28 June22 Aug – 3 Octlate record – 2nd Nov, Mullock
198228 April – 5 June4 July – 12 Sept 
198323 April – 5 May26 Aug – 25 Sept 
19844 April – 7 June22 Aug – 17 Oct 
198523 April – 17 May9 July – 11 Oct 
198624 April – 1 June20 July – 25 Sept 
198720 April – 13 May29 Aug – 8 Oct 
198822 April – 21 May22 Aug – 16 Septlate record – 20 Oct, Skokholm
198919 April – 15 June2 July – 23 Sept16 on Skomer 28 Aug
199020 April – 12 May15 July – 27 Sept 
199112 April – 28 May23 Aug – 12 Oct9 at Strumble Head 27 Aug
199220 April – 19 May18 Aug – 5 Nov 
19938 April – 4 June29 July – 26 Sep 
199430 April – 27 May22 Aug – 10 Oct 
199512 April – 17 June3 Aug – 28 Oct 
199613 April – 5 June20 Aug – 2 OctMore recorded on mainland in autumn than for many years
199724 April – 26 May12 Aug – 19 Oct 
199829 April – 5 June13 Aug – 9 Oct10 on Ramsey, 1 Sept
19997 April – 19 May21 Aug – 6 Oct 
200025 April – 1 May18 Aug – 1 Oct 
200124 April – 29 May16 Aug – 20 Sept 
200217 June – 9 July19 Aug – 31 Oct 
20033 May – 14 June24 Aug – 25 Sept 
200425 April26 Aug – 3 OctVery few records
200529 April – 27 June19 July – 5 Oct 
200615 April – 5 June8 Sept – 1 Aug 
20071 May – 14 June8 Aug – 23 Sept 
200828 April – 16 May7 Aug – 17 Oct1 on Ramsey 7-22 July
200926 April – 2 May11 – 17 Sept1 Skomer 2 Nov
201015 April – 23 May1-22 Sept 
201119 April – 27 May25 Aug – 5 Oct 
201224 April – 17 May4 Aug – 26 Sept 
201321 April – 19 June19 Aug – 15 Oct 
201410 April – 31 May22 Aug – 23 Sept 
201514 April – 19 June18 Aug – 10 Oct 
201614 April – 16 May16 Aug – 11 Oct 
201721 April – 13 May13 Sept – 19 Oct 
20185 – 21 May23 Aug – 19 Oct 
201920 April – 21 June11 Aug – 11 Oct 
20203 – 25 May11 Aug – 21 Sept 

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

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Greenfinch – summary since 2000

Chloris chlorisLlinos WerddBreeding resident and passage migrant

The Greenfinch has been in catastrophic decline in Britain for the past twenty years or so, although this decline was not been particularly obvious in Pembrokeshire until about ten years ago. Its status as a breeding resident and passage migrant was so taken for granted that entries in the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports only comment on the largest flocks seen. That changed in 2015, when its scarcity was suddenly obvious.

In 2021, the greenfinch was added to the UK red list

Two species moved directly from the Green to Red List: Greenfinch and Ptarmigan. Increasingly severe declines in Greenfinch numbers have been reported in BBS reports for more than a decade, and the initial regional pattern of declines was associated with outbreaks of the disease Trichomonosis. This disease of the digestive tract is widespread in Greenfinch populations across Europe and may also be starting to affect other species such as Collared Dove, Sparrowhawk and Chaffinch. (Birds of Conservation Concern 2021)

The following entries are copied from the bird reports to chart its fortunes:

2000Autumn passage totaling 140 bird days Skomer 13 Oct – 21 Nov, with peaks of 25 on 17 Oct, 16 on 22 Oct, 30 on 3 Nov and 10 on 13 Nov. Flock of 75 Trefin 27 Dec. (179 ringed – one moved to Oxfordshire)
2001Flock of 200 Freshwater W 20 Jan. Distinct autumn passage recorded through the islands, 12 Oct – 19 Nov, with daily max of 30 Skokholm, 43 Skomer and 48 Ramsey. (151 ringed)
2002Autumn passage most pronounced at Skomer, where 691 bird-days, 30 Sept – 18 Nov, maxa 120 on 28, Oct and 146 on 4 Nov.
2003Autumn passage recorded on the Islands Oct-Nov including 116 E Skomer 14-19 Oct; max count Ramsey 30 on 16 Oct. (101 ringed – one bird moved to Norfolk)
2004The only spring record received from the islands was Skomer 24 Mar. Autumn passage Skomer: 6 Oct-14 Nov (max 78 w 18 Oct). At Strumble Hd 140 passed in 1 hr on 24 Oct. At Whitesands 250+ regularly fed on sunflowers in Oct.
2005Leucistic Juv Felindre Farchog 10 Aug. Autumn passage from the islands Sept-Nov. Max counts Skomer, where 86 on 14 Oct, 230 south-east 27 Oct, 87 west 1 Nov and 97 west 12 Nov. (165 ringed – one ringed in Cumbria 13/10/2005 found at Mullock 30/10/2005)
2006Small numbers reported from the islands Apr-May and Oct-Nov, max 20 Skomer 29 Oct. Singles were on Ramsey 2 and 15 Jan. One winter count: 1500 Hubberston 5 Jan (PJ). (410 ringed)
2007The largest counts were of 80 at Castlemartin Corse on 22nd Jan., 230 Furzymount (RSPB survey) on 23rd Oct. and 200+ at Freshwater West on 17th Nov.
2008Largest winter counts 100 Freshwater W on 12 Jan and 40 Pengawse Hill on 5 Nov
2009Largest count 30 Little Milford on 29th Oct and 50 on Skomer on 9th Nov.
2010Largest count 100 Furzey Mount Farm 30th Oct.
2011 (25 ringed at Teifi Marshes)
2012Max count 50+ Gupton Farm 30th Nov & 72 on 2nd Dec (48 ringed by Teifi ringing Group)
2013Largest count received was of 100 at Bullslaughter Bay, Castlemartin on 23rd Sept
2014Fairly scarce throughout the county this year, the only double-figure count received was of 16 on Ramsey on 25th Oct. Skokholm recorded only two birds, singles on 29th Oct & 9th Nov.
2015Breeding evidence noted from 23 1km squares.
2016107 records (of between 1 & 10) from at least 39 1km squares, with breeding evidence from at least 12 of these. This species has been hit extremely hard by the disease Trichomonosis.
2017Recorded from at least 35 1km squares. Breeding evidence reported from eight locations. Maximum count was 10 Gilfach Goch on 10th Aug a mixture of adult and juveniles.
2018Reported from at least 50 1km square locations. Breeding evidence from at least 14 of these. Maximum count was 10 Gilfach Goch on 27th Oct.
2019Reported from 48 locations. Breeding evidence was reported from eight locations. Largest counts were: eight at Gilfach Goch 31 Jan with nine there 7 Apr.
2020Reported from 29 locations. Breeding evidence reported from six locations. Largest count was of 12 at Gann 4 Aug. A total of 36 were ringed in a Clarbeston Road garden during April to June.

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

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Quail – records since 2000

Coturnix coturnixSofliarUnusual summer migrant.

Photo above – Quail at the Quarry on Skokholm, 1 May 2021 © Richard Brown

2000None reported
2001One heard calling at Gelli in June (AKP, JAP)
2002Two unusual records, the first of one on Skomer 1 June – only the 9th island record, the other, a mile off St. Ann’s Head seen from the Waverley on 16 June.
2003Males heard calling at Marloes Mere 31 May and at Skomer 11 June.
2004All records were of single calling males: at Waterston 21 May (GHR et al), Mountain Park Farm 28 May (VNR) and Skomer 15 June (JGB).
2005Males heard calling at Abercych 12 – 13 May, Skomer 14 & 30 May, Kilpaison 19 – 25 June, Plumstone Mountain 29 June and St. David’s AF 28 July.
2006Males heard calling near Marloes 15-16 June, Rhoslanog Fach 12 July and near Nolton 23 – 28 July.
2007None reported
2008The only records were of calling males at: St. Govan’s on 16 May (BH) at Castlemartin on 27 June & 15 July (BH) and two at Hayscastle Cross on 12 July (RT).
2009The only record was of a single calling at Marloes Village on 16 June (MS).
2010Two calling birds were reported this year, both in June, from Brawdy 15 – 18th and St. Davids airfield on 17th (I. Bullock).
2011Two calling at Pantgwyn on 22 June, three near Brawdy 28 – 30 Aug. All other records all of singles: at Hayscastle 6th June, at Slebech Park on 29 June & 5 July and at Pantmaenog on 22 July.
2012Two records both of singing males, the first at Porthlysgi Farm St.Davids on 28 May (BD), the other Brynberian Moor 24 June (WJ, DJ). One flushed on Grassholm on 24 July was possibly a first for the island (NS, SV).
2013Two calling males reported this year, Abereiddy on 9 July (JG) and one calling in the Marloes area on 17 of the same month (BS).
2014Records more widespread this year starting with a bird on Skokholm on 17 May (see below)  then three between Little Haven & St. Brides on 3 June, a single bird at Harmony near Strumble Head on 19 June, a bird calling at Boncath on 29 July and finally one on Skomer on 6 Aug.
2015A single was flushed on Skomer on 11 May and another on Skokholm on 2 June (see below). One on the mainland calling at Nolton Cross on 22 Aug.
2016None reported
2017One flushed on Skokholm 10 (see below)
2018Two calling Llangloffan Fen 21 July and another two calling at Treseissyllt on 3 Aug. Up to three calling 12 July – mid August near St. Nicholas.
2019Calling males heard at Llanrhian 18 June and Brynberian 21 June. Marloes Mere 31 May, Skokholm 31 May – 4 June (see below), two calling at Camrose 14 June, then singles at St. Ishmaels 16 July and at Brawdy 11 Aug.
2020None reported

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

Detail from the Skokholm Annual Reports

Earlier recordsThere were three singles in the 1990s, approximately six records in the 1980s (three of which were probably of two birds lingering for up to three days), five singles in the 1970s, seven singles in the 1960s, eight singles in the 1950s, four singles in the 1940s and three between 1938 and 1939 including one found dead on the roof of the Lighthouse.
2014One heard singing along the Lighthouse Track at just before midnight on 16th May was the first Skokholm record for over a decade (CB, EW). Checks on subsequent nights proved unsuccessful.
2015One flushed from above North Haven during the afternoon of 2nd June was not relocated .This was the first record since a singing bird on 16th May 2014 and only the second to be logged this decade.
2017One flushed from the coastal grassland above Purple Cove on a drizzly 10th June was the first record since 2nd June 2015 and only the third sighting this century following a singing bird on 16th May 2014 (GE).
2019One photographed on the plateau above Purple Cove on 31st May was the first since one at the same location on 10th June 2017 (LP, KO). One was flushed from the culvert along the South Pond Lower Drain the following day (RDB), a male was singing near North Pond on 4th June (GE et al.) and a bird was flushed from Windmill Gully on the 5th (RDB). Although it is possible that some of these sightings refer to the same very mobile individual, it would seem likely given the typically elusive nature of this species that more than one bird was present.

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