Bittern – records

Botaurus stellaris – ADERYN Y BWN – Sparse winter visitor. Not recorded from July to September

Previous records are summarised in Bittern 1994

The right-hand column shows the number of individuals that were recorded in that year.

1995Singles Penally Ranges 16 Nov (G&KBH), Dowrog 11 Dec (JB), Trefeiddan 26 Dec (JB) and Pontiago 31 Dec (IM).4
1996Singles Dowrog 3-26 Jan (JB), Trefeiddan 7 Jan (JB) and Bosherston pools 29 Dec (TJP).3
1997Widespread hard weather at the beginning of the winter resulted in a Jan influx, some birds staying on into March. 2 Bosherston throughout Jan, one remaining until 23 Mar (RJE, RJH et al), singles Llys y fran 2 Jan (DJA, TJP), Dowrog 3 Jan – 8 Feb (JB, JRH et al), Heathfield GP 4-6 Jan (SB), Ffynone 6 Jan (DL) and at nearby Afon Dalais 13 Jan (PG), Teifi Marshes 25 Jan (JWD) Skomer 19 Mar (SS) Upper Haythog 20 Mar (RM)9
1998One Shoals Hook 23 Dec (Jba)1
1999One ‘booming’ Teifi Marshes 6&7 Aug (DR), one Bosherston 14-27 Nov (LL,PM,AW)2
2000One St David’s airfield 26 Dec (JB)1
2001No records 
2002Singles Goodwick Moor 5 Jan (CB), Teifi Marshes 15 Jan (WWC staff) and Marloes Mere 14 Dec (SJS).3
2003Singles Westfield Pill 21 Jan (AJH) and Pembroke M P 26 Jan – 27 Feb (JH et al), Broad Haven (N) Nov (BN, TW)3
2004One Pembroke M P 3 Jan – 28 Feb (PKG, JH), with 2 there 21 Jan (JH), one Teifi Marshes 13 Nov (RB).3
2005Singles Teifi Marshes 19 Oct (AKP, JP) and 16 & 22 Nov, and 17 Dec ( per JG)3
2006One Trefeiddan in Jan (JBe).1
2007No records 
2008No records 
2009A good year for records of this species in 2009 with reports of single birds at : St. David’s Airfield on 2nd Feb & 4th Mar and on the Teifi Marshes from 14th Feb until 15th Mar then at the other end of the year from 7th to 20th Nov (probably present until the end of the year).3
2010A single at the Teifi Marshes from the 14th Jan until 8th Mar when it was joined by a second and a third was noted there on the 11th. They were last recorded on 22nd Mar when both birds were seen to fly up high and head off north.
Elsewhere singles at Bosherston 13th & 28th Jan, at Fortunes Frolic on 18th Jan and at St Davids Airfield on 1st Feb.
At the other end of the year all singles at the Teifi on 21st Oct, at Newgale Marsh on 11th Dec, Newport on 20th Dec, at the top of Newgale valley on 26th Dec, at Freshwater West on 30th Dec and three together at Bosherston on 25th Dec.
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2011First recorded at Bosherston with a single bird on 8th Jan, this had increased to two by 7th Jan. Presumably these birds remained as two were recorded during February until on 4th March the number rose to three and then four on the 5th. The last record for the early part of the year was of three on 7th March. One on the Teifi Marshes 6th Mar.
At the other end of the year singles at Teifi Marshes 5th Nov, at Castlemartin Corse 1st Dec & two at Bosherston from 14th Nov until the end of the year
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2012Singles reported at St. David’s Airfield on 8th Feb, at Goodwick Moor on 24th Feb then probably the same bird flying over Fishguard on the evening of 5th Mar, at Pantmaenog on 29th Feb and on the Teifi Marshes on 21st Nov.4
2013The only records were: at the Teifi Marshes on 14th Jan & 7th – 12th Nov, at Castle Martin Corse on 9th Feb and from Bosherston, two on 3rd & 4th Feb, a single bird on 16th & another 17th – 30th Dec.7
2014Single birds were at Gupton Farm on 30th Jan & 27th Feb and at Castlemartin Corse on 27th Feb. At the other end of the year, a bird was seen at Bosherston on 13th & 29th Dec and one on the Teifi Marshes all December5
2015During the early part of the year single birds were recorded at the Teifi Marshes on 4th & 22nd Jan, Bosherston on 17th & 30th Jan, Castlemartin Corse on 18th Jan & Freshwater West on 21st Feb. Later in the year single birds were recorded at Castlemartin Corse on 29th Oct, 7th & 22nd Nov, with two on the 7th Nov, and at the Teifi Marshes from 16th Nov until 18th Dec7
2016A single bird at Teifi Marshes from 18th Jan until 4th April with two there on 21st March. Singles at Llangloffan Fen on 30th March then at the other end of the year at Stackpole on 15th Dec & another at Teifi Marshes 29th & 30th Dec.5
2017Up to two reported from the Teifi Marshes on 3rd Jan – 13th Apr and singles at Goodwick Moor on 9th Feb, at Stackpole Court 28th Feb – 2nd Mar and one on Skokholm on 6th May was the first record for the island.5
2018The only record was of a single at Newgale 16th Feb.1
2019No records0

Records above extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports which may contain more information.

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Whooper Swan – records

Cygnus cygnus – ALARCH GOGLEDD – Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant

Earlier records are summarised in Whooper Swan 1994

This table shows the number of individuals reported in each month. Note that any individual or group may have stayed into the next month or two, therefore these figures do not add up to the number of records, or the number of actual individuals reported in any one year.

 JanFebMarAprMayJunSepOctNovDecNotes
1993    41 7 2
1994 11 5    3
1995    33  21
1996  22    37(1)
19971899    53
1998333     11
1999333    972
2000111    9182
20011  2   113
200210111 1   212
20036   1  4 1
2004 1 1   23 
20051       1410
20063111  1 1 
2007222     2 
2008       582
2009126      146
20101655     1015
2011444    1103
201235     6203
2013       565
2014       105 
20154         
20162 11   27 
20172 1   116265
20184     418913
2019818921  17143

Notes: (1) One seen briefly at Bosherston Lakes on 29 November 1996 had been colour-ringed in Iceland. This record was in the 1997 report, but the archive shows it actually referred to 1996.

Records above extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports which may contain more information.

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Pied Wagtail – roosts

Motacilla alba yarelli – SIGLEN FRAITH – Breeding resident and passage migrant

In general, the largest counts of Pied Wagtails are usually at winter roosts, which can be in natural areas such as reedbeds, and man-made urban sites that provide some degree of warmth. These can sometimes hold over 600 birds. There was a roost of 600-1,000 in gorse at Martletwy, Pembrokeshire, between January and March 1935, and in more recent times roosts at Teifi Marshes have regularly held over 100 birds, and several hundred have used Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest each winter.

Outside the winter months such gatherings are unusual, but may represent pre-migration staging posts and often include white wagtails along with the pieds. The largest gathering recorded in Pembrokeshire was 1,000 birds, were at the Gulf Refinery, Pembroke, on 18 May 1998.

The following tables show the counts for each site, compiled from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports, Graham Rees’s Archive of records, and the Pembrokeshire Bird Sightings Blog.

Goodwick/Fishguard Harbour reedbed

YearMonthCount
1988Aug100
1988Dec50
1989Oct60
1992Aug30
2003Aug162

Teifi Marshes reedbed

YearMonthCount
1996Sep50
2009Mar100
2009Nov100
2012Mar20
2013Apr80
2014Aug50
2016Mar128
2016Jan60
2017Apr100
2019Jan120

Tenby Marshes reedbed

YearMonthCount
1930Aug100
1930Sep300
1984Dec107

Haverfordwest/Withybush buildings

YearMonthCount
1984Oct106
1986Oct200
2017Dec420
2018Dec780
2019Dec650
2021Jan550

Other roost sites

YearMonthCountPlaceHabitat
1935Jan-Mar600-1000MartletwyGorse
1984Sep350Texaco JettyIndustrial
1984Sep60StackpoleMaize field
1994Mar50Nevern BridgeReedbed?
1996Sep150Gann?
1996Sep53Tegryn?
1998May1000Gulf refineryIndustrial
1998Sep70St Davids SchoolSub-urban
1998Mar30StackpoleReedbed
1999Sep75Pembroke Millpond?
2000Sep150Llys-y-fran?
2020Aug50Picton Ferryon a boat!
2020Sep40WintertonReedbed

References:

BTO website

LOVEGROVE R, WILLIAMS G, WILLIAMS I. 1994.  Birds in Wales. T & A. D. Poyser, London

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Osprey – first and last dates

Pandion haliaetus – GWALCH Y PYSGOD – Scarce passage migrant.

YearFirst sightingLast sightingEstimate of the number of birds involved
198112 Septemberonly record
198229 Augustonly record
198418 Julyonly record
198629 Mayonly record
198812 June25 Octoberthree birds
19894 March30 Septembertwo birds
19903 May6 Augustthree birds
199128 March10 Septembereight birds
199213 May29 Augustsix birds
199329 April9 Octobernine birds
19946 Octobertwo birds
19956 March15 Octobersix birds
199627 April21 Septembersix birds
19976 April17 Julyseven birds
19988 May10 Octobertwelve birds
19998 May9 OctoberEleven birds
200014 April18 DecemberEight birds
20019 April29 SeptemberEleven birds
20027 April9 OctoberTen birds
200329 March14 SeptemberSeven birds
200419 March11 October8 spring birds, 6 autumn birds
20054 April5 OctoberFive birds
200611 April19 OctoberEleven birds
20078 Aprillate OctoberThree birds
20084 AprilEight birds
20098 April13 SeptemberFive birds
201010 AprilSix birds – incl. 1 or 2 summering on the Cleddau
201111 SeptemberFour birds – incl. 1 or 2 summering on the Cleddau
201224 March17 SeptemberNine birds
201323 March30 SeptemberSix birds
2014early March2 OctoberTwo spring birds, nine autumn birds
201526 March21 SeptemberSix spring, three autumn
201611 April10 SeptemberEight birds
201718 April26 SeptemberThree spring birds, three autumn birds
20188 April2 SeptemberThree spring birds, two autumn birds
20193 April26 SeptemberThree spring birds, three autumn birds

Note that the number of birds may differ from the table in Osprey 2020 because that table is the number of birds in each month, and some may have stayed into a second month

Records above extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports which may contain more information.

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Whimbrel – first and last dates

Numenius phaeopus – COEGYLFINIR – Passage migrant

Earlier records are summarised in Whimbrel 1994

YearEarliest sightingLast sightingNotes
199315 April22 OctoberSpring maximum – 100 at Gann on 2 May
Autumn maximum – 220 passed Strumble Head on 5 August
199413 April27 SeptemberSpring max – 29 at Skomer on 26 April
Autumn max – 30 at Strumble Head on 30 on 28 August
19959 April28 SeptemberSpring max – 75 at Brownslade on 7 May
Autumn max – 18 at Strumble Head on 26 August
19967 April19 OctoberSpring max – 30+ at Skomer on 1 May
Autumn max – 34 at Strumble Head on 24 August
Single on Skomer on 21 November is a notable late date
199717 April18 OctoberOne probably overwintered on Skomer 1996-97
Spring max – 135 at Brownslade 6 June
Autumn max – 26 passed Strumble Head on 24 July
Two on Skomer in November-December
1998mid-AprilOct-NovTwo birds overwintered on Skomer 1997-98
Spring max – 115 at Castlemartin on 21 May
Autumn max – 370 passed Strumble Head on 5 August
One on Skokholm on 6 December
199917 MarchNovemberOne probably overwintered on Skokholm
Spring max – over 50 at Ramsey on 3 dates mid-April to mid-May
Autumn max – 65 passed Strumble Head on 30 August
200023 March20 NovemberOne probably overwintered on Skokholm
Spring max – 45 at Whitesands on 1 May
Autumn max – 20 at Angle Bay on 18 August
2001mid-March2 OctoberOne probably overwintered on Skokholm
Spring max – 200+ at Whitesands on 6 May
Autumn max – 105 passed Strumble Head on 29 August
Up to 3 in Dec when Skokholm vacated
2002mid-Marchmid-OctoberOne probably overwintered on Skokholm
Spring max – 70 at Freshwater West on 3 May
Autumn max – 21 at Skomer on 1 August
20038 March13 NovemberSpring max – 64 at Skokholm on 28 April
Autumn max – 39 passing Strumble Head on 31 July
One still on Skokholm when Island vacated in December
200413 March30 OctoberSpring max – 60+ Hendre Farm on 3 May
Autumn max – 26 at Cwm-yr-Eglwys on 6 August
20058 MarchOctoberSpring max – 42 at the Gann on 21 May
Autumn max – 55 passed Strumble Head on 4 August
Singles recorded at several places in December on Cleddau
200620 March4 NovemberSingle at Angle Bay on 2 & 6 January (same bird as Dec 2005?)
Spring max – 148 at Whitesands on 29 April
Autumn max – 45 passed Strumble Head on 4 September
200717 March18 NovemberSpring max – 185 at Whitesands on 1 May
Autumn max – 12 at Strumble Head on 1 September
20081 March4 SeptemberSpring max – 64 on the Teifi on 26 April
Autumn max – 22 at Stumble Head on 2 September
20094 April2 NovemberSpring max – 64 at the Gann on 30 April
Autumn max – 65 passing Stumble Head on 9 August
201010 April25 SeptemberSpring max – 41 at Ramsey on 21 April
Autumn max – 23 passed Strumble Head on 21 August
20111 April14 OctoberAt least two over-wintered on Skokholm seen 1st Jan – 22 March
Spring max – 75 at Whitesands on 5 May
Autumn max – light passage up to three birds at a time
20122 April23 OctoberAt least two over-wintered on Skokholm 2011-12
Spring max – 79 at St Davids Head on 1 May
Autumn max – 53 at Porth Selau Beach on 14 September
201310 March13 SeptemberSpring max – 67 at Marloes Mere on 27 April
Autumn max – 1498 seen from Strumble Head on 18 August
201427 March19 SeptemberOne may have overwintered on Skokholm
Spring max – 110 at the Gann on 13 May
Autumn max – 247 passed Strumble Head on 11 August
201521 March25 SeptemberOne assumed to have overwintered on Skokholm
Spring max – 55 at Freshwater West on 30 April
Autumn max – 30 passed Strumble Head on 23 August
One on Skokholm in October-November – over-wintering?
201610 April20 SeptemberSpring max – 140 at Kilpaison on 30 April
Autumn max – none given
201712 April8 OctoberSpring max – 32 at Carew-Cresswell on 2 May
Autumn max – 40 at Skomer on 29 August
20187 March25 NovemberSpring max – 70 at Newport on 2 May
Autumn max – 16 passed Strumble Head on 24 & 27 August
20194 April30 NovemberOne thought to have over-wintered on Skokholm
A leucistic bird at Skokholm on 6&7 May,
Spring max – 45 at Skokholm on 28 April
Possibly same leucistic bird seen at the Gann on 9 July
Atumn max – none given

Records above extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports which may contain more information.

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Turtle Dove – first and last dates

Streptopelia turturTurturPassage migrant, has bred.

More analysis of records and timing of migration in Turtle Dove 2018

YearFirst sightingLast sightingNotes
199310 May9 October
1994check report
199530 April18 October
199627 April23 Sept
19971 May22 Sept
19988 May2 August
19995 April29 Sept
200023 April6 October
200129 April5 NovemberTwo on 5 Nov, latest date for Pembrokeshire
200216 May28 Sept
200322 April13 October
200419 April16 October
200530 April7 October
200623 AprilNo autumn records
20079 June5 October
200815 MayNo autumn records
200927 April18 October
201028 April22 SeptOne winter record at Strumble Head on 31 December
201120 April27 OctoberOne winter record at Strumble Head on 1 January
201214 May4 October
201317 May6 OctoberOne wintered in various St Davids gardens from 19 Jan-14 May.
201415 MayNo autumn records
20158 MayNo autumn records
20164 MayNo autumn records
20178 May20 October
201823 May4 October
201914 May23 OctoberOne in a Camrose garden on 1 January

Records above extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports which may contain more information.

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Garganey – first and last dates

Anas querquedula – HWYADEN ASSFAINPassage migrant. Not recorded in November or December

For a more detailed analysis of records to 2010, see Garganey 2011

YearFirst sightingLast sightingNotes
198115 March31 August
19829 April3 October
198331 MarchNo autumn records
198425 March25 September
198524 March25 September
198615 AprilNo autumn records
19875 AprilNo autumn records
198811 AugustNo spring records
19899 AprilNo autumn records
199031 March2 September
199123 JulyNo spring records
19924 AprilNo autumn records
199310 May5 September
199417 AprilNo autumn records
199519 AprilNo autumn records
19969 MayNo autumn records
199725 AugustNo spring records
199816 AugustNo spring records
1999first week of May27 August
20005 MayNo autumn records
200116 April24 September
2002No records
2003No records
200414 May3 September
200530 April28 November
200623 MayNo autumn records
20073 MayNo autumn records
200819 AprilNo autumn records
200919 March13 September
201020 MarchNo autumn records
201119 April23 August
20127 MayNo autumn records
201324 MarchA good spring for this species
201418 May9 November
20152 April7 November
201623 MarchNo autumn records
201723 MarchNo autumn records
201831 MarchNo autumn records
201918 AprilNo autumn records

Records above extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports which may contain more information.

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Little Stint – records

Calidris minuta – PIBYDD BACH – Scarce passage migrant and rare winter visitor. Not recorded in March and June

Earlier records are summarised in Little Stint 1994 and Little Stint 2012

2013 – The only record involved a single juvenile on Skokholm on 21st Sept.

2014 – An adult in summer plumage at The Gann on 30 May was noteworthy, as the species is rarely seen on spring passage in the county. Return passage was light, with two birds at Broad Haven on 21st July, one at Marloes Mere on 31st Aug and at Newport one on 12 and two on 27 Sept.

2015 – Juveniles in August on Skokholm on 23 & 24 and at Newport 29 – 30th.

2016 – All records were: on Skomer 15 – 21 Aug, 17th Sept, with two there 19 – 24 Sept, a single at Angle Bay 3 Sept, two there 19 & 27 August, singles Teifi Est 8 Sept, 18 Aug until 10th Sept (probably involving at two birds), Gann 18 Aug & 11 Sept.

2017 – The only records relate to up to two different birds at Poppit 17 – 25 Sept and a single juv. on Skokholm on 27 Sept – 2 Oct.

2018 – Two Nevern 14 Sept, one remaining until 1 Oct

2019 – The only record was of one on the unusual date of 14 Jan at Cosheston.

Records above extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports which may contain more information.

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House Martin – first and last dates

Delichon urbica – GWENNOL Y BONDO – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded in January and December

Earlier records are summarised in House Martin 1994

YearFirst sightingLast sightingNotes
199315 March25 October
199429 March9 October
199519 March15 October
199613 March4 November
199721 March5 NovemberOver 250 pairs estimated along sea-cliffs around Castlemartin area
199821 March25 October
19991 April17 October
200021 March24 October
200121 March22 October
200224 March28 OctoberOne Hakin 29 January – first January record for Pembrokeshire
20034 April11 October
20048 April30 October
200511 April15 October
20061 April13 October
20077 April18 November
20083 April26 October
200918 March19 October
201029 March11 October
20111 April3 October
20122 April13 October
20136 March5 OctoberFirst breeding on Ramsey in an artificial box
20148 April17 NovemberSingle pair nested on Ramsey
20154 April20 October
201625 March28 OctoberWinter record of a single bird at Tenby 29-31 January
201712 March13 November
201819 March3 October
201918 March9 October

Records above extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports which may contain more information.

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Reed Warbler – first and last dates

Acrocephalus scirpaceus – TELOR Y CYRS – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from December to March

Earlier records are summarised in Reed Warbler 1994

YearFirst sightingLast sightingNotes
19932 May12 October
199413 May12 NovemberLatest county record
199529 April18 OctoberProductivity: 106 of 204 trapped at Teifi Marshes CES were juveniles
199619 April10 October
199724 April15 October
199827 April9 October77 birds trapped at Teifi Mrshes CES (19 from previous years). Newly ringed were 36 juveniles and 22 adults. A bird ringed here in 1995 was retrapped 18 August 1998; in intervening years it had been retrapped in France.
19993 April15 SeptemberEarliest date for Pembrokeshire.
51 breeding territories at Teifi Marshes
20004 May30 September
200120 April4 November
20024 May28 October
200315 April15 October
200411 April25 October
20053 April22 October
200622 April28 September
200727 April
200825 April3 September25 singing birds at Teifi Marshes on 8 June
200912 April26 September111 ringed at Teifi Marshes CES
201022 April10 October
201115 April29 September
201212 May
201328 April25 July
201415 April28 September
201517 April29 September
201612 April8 October
201721 April10 September
201816 April29 September
201911 April18 October

Records above extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports which may contain more information.

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