Goshawk – records

Accipiter gentilis – GWALCH MARTH – Status unclear

Photo of juvenile goshawk at Carew Cheriton by Richard Ellis

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports since 2000

YearBreedingOther records
2000Probably 2 breeding pairs in the north of the county around the Teifi and another in the east.Elsewhere singles (females unless stated) at Llys y fran 9 Jan and in Sept at Roch on 11th , Crundale 18th (male), Slebech & Blackpool Mill 24th and Steynton 28th .
20012 pairs bred and 2 others suspected of breeding in the south of the county, 3 pairs suspected to have bred in the north.Elsewhere individuals recorded at: Solva 13 Jan, Porth Clais 21 Jan, Llanychaer 1 Feb, St. David’s 5 Apr, Strumble 5 Aug and at Ramsey a juv. 18 Sept and a female 25 Sept.
2002No records received of individuals from the north east of the county but three pairs were noted elsewhere in suitable habitat in the spring / early summer and 3 other pairs bred.Elsewhere individuals recorded at: Goodwick 18 Jan, Sealyham 19 June and at Strumble Hd 5 & 12 Sept.
2003A pair was observed displaying at Gelli and at Ffynone. Breeding season records also came from Trecwn, Dowrog & Pantmaenog and a juv. was seen at Strumble Head from 14 Aug on an off until 11 Nov.Elsewhere individuals recorded in the St. Davids area 15-16 Oct, 11 Nov & 21 Nov, Square & Compass 7 Dec, Westfield Pill 17 Dec, Llanmill 27 Nov and Saundersfoot 30 Dec.
2004Recorded breeding 16 AprRedstone 16 Jan, Sealyham 25-26 Feb, female Vachelic 9 Apr, Strumble Hd 10 Apr, Ramsey 25 May, Cwm yr Eglwys 27 July, Llanmill 30 Aug, juv Maenclochog 3 Sept, Nine Wells 5 Sept and Teifi Marshes 30 Oct.
2005A total of 5 pairs possibly bred in the county: at Gelly, Canaston Woods, Frenni Fawr. Pengawse and Ffynone_Westfield Pill 8 Mar, Ramsey 22 June & 20 Nov. Wolfescastle 10 July and Llanmill 27 Aug
2006Displaying birds were observed at three sites Gelly, Picton and Llys y fran.Blackpool Mill 20 Feb, Dowrog 8 Feb, Westfield Pill 14 Mar, Maenllwyd 25 May, near Maenclochog in May, Carew 7 Nov, Llanddewi Velfrey 2 Nov, Llanmill (carrying a Jackdaw) 23 Nov, Waundwrgi 2 Dec and 2 at Slebech 3 Dec.
2007Pairs bred or were seen displaying at Gelly, Canaston, Minwear, Puncheston and West Williamston. Martletwy on 13 Jan , Ffynone on 18 Feb., Sandy Haven on 24 Feb., Cwm Cneifa on 23 Mar., Hundleton on 12 Apr, Felindre on 14 May, Crymych on 2 Aug. & 21 Dec.. Abercych on 9 Aug, , Stackpole on 1 Nov., Llangloffan Fen on 12 Nov.. Dale on 18 Nov.. Dowrog 23 Nov. — 9 Dec. and at Carew River on 16 Dec
2008Pairs bred or thought to have bred at ten sites across the countyindividuals reported at Castlemartin, Cilgerran. Croes Goch. Crymych, Dowrog, Goodwick. Heathfield. Llangloffan. Llandewi Velfrey, Llanmill. Midland, Mullock Bridge, Narberth. Picton Castle. Rickets Head. Stackpole, Waundwrgi, West Williamston and Westfield Pill.
2009 Reported from nine sites
2010During the breeding season records came from The Rhos, Plumstone and Ffynone and at Ty Rhyg.Up to two males and a female were seen on many dates at Plumstone Mountain January – February. Elsewhere at Minwear on 3 Jan, at Ffynone on 20 Feb, One on Skomer on 27 Apr was the first for the island. At Cresswell Quay 30 Nov and at Tegryn on 7 Dec.
2011Reported from eight sites during the breeding seasonSingles at Clyderwen 3 Jan, Whalecombe 13 Feb, Dudwell Mountain 17 Feb, Wolf’s Castle 19 Feb, Llawhaden 27 Feb and Port Clais 11 Sept & 28 Oct. One was found dead at Eglwyswrw on 22 Aug.
2012Reported from three sitesReported from 15 sites during the year
2013At least one breeding pair, which fledged two young and a pair at another site in the north.Singles reported at: Woodhouse 3 Feb, Rudbaxton 23 Feb, Houghton on 24 Feb, Llandilo on 16 May, Carew Cheriton 17 July, Picton Home Farm on 28 Aug, Merrion on 27 Oct, Eastern Cleddau on 24 Nov.
2014Present during the breeding season at five sitesSlebech on 13 Feb, Tedion Mountain on 21 Mar, Angle 10 Mar, Skomer on 8 Aug, at Pen Anglas 11 Sept and Llanychaer 25 Sept & 16 Nov.
2015Reported from three sites during the breeding seasonReported from eight sites across the county
2016Reported from four sites during the breeding seasonReported from eight sites across the county
2017Reported from three sites during the breeding seasonReported from a total of eleven locations across the county
2018Breeding reported at two sites, with records from seven other sites during the breeding season.Outside the breeding season reported from a further 13 sites, including one on Skomer 15 Aug – 8 Oct.
2019Reported from 13 locations during the breeding season.Reported from 22 locations in the county.  Including one on Skomer 28 Oct.
2020Reported from 10 locations during the breeding seasons. Pairs displaying were observed at two sites and juveniles were seen at two other sites in July.

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Eider – records

Somateria mollissima – HWYADEN FWYTHBLU – Winter visitor and possible breeder

Earlier records are summarised in Eider 2005

2006Singles Angle Bay 21 Jan, Ramsey 11 Oct, Strumble Hd 26 Oct and Gann 8 Dec
2007Only two records received this year, both from Strumble Head, a single male on 26 Sep (GHR) and two on 10 Dec (CBu)
2008A single female bird which was seen at Angle Bay between 22 Nov and 20 Dec, and four off Skomer on 19 May, were the only records
2009All records were: singles off Broad Haven (N) and Newgale on 8th Jan, three adult males past Strumble Head on 11th Oct & five past there on 2nd Nov. Finally there was a female/juv type at Neyland on 25th Nov.
2010A very poor year for this species with the only records being two females off Nolton on 6th Nov and a single male & 3 females at Druidston on 9th Dec.
2011A group of seven passed Strumble Head on 1st Jan, two at Amroth on 22nd & 23rd Nov reducing to a single bird on 18th & 28th Dec.
2012All records were: at the Gann two immature males from 17th to 20th March, another two then recorded at Saundersfoot on 16th Aug, then two females at Wisemans Bridge on 13th Oct & lastly a single male at Amroth on 10th Nov. The most bizarre report from 2012 is of an adult male flying low over the bracken on Brynberian Moor on 23rd May (PJ).
2013Three off Skomer on 29th Apr (photo opposite by DB) and two drakes that passed Strumble Head on 10th Oct were the only records for the year.
2014 No records
2015All records were: two drakes at St.Bride’s 21st Jan, three (2M,1F) at Broad Haven (N) 14th Mar and three at Haroldston Chins on 13th Apr, a drake at St.David’s Head 16th Mar and finally four ( 1M, 3F) flew through Ramsey Sound on 18th Dec. At Strumble Head two on 8th Sept and a single on 11th Dec, all females.
2016All records were, two Druidston 2nd Jan, six Broad Haven (N) 15th Feb with one there on 28th of same month, a single bird at Amroth on 6th March with 19 there on the 4th May & a single bird at Nolton Haven on 26th Nov. A flock of 19 that flew West at Amroth on 4th May comprised of 10 males, three 1st summer males & six females & was the largest flock recorded in the county since 40 off Porthgain on 29th Dec 2003.
2017A single bird Fishguard Harbour 7th to 10th Apr & three off Wiseman’s Bridge 16th Dec were the only records.
2018Singles at the Gann 30th Apr – 5 th May, Newgale 24th & 26th Nov and at Fishguard Harbour on 9th Dec. The only multiple bird records were from Monksone Point, of six on 22nd Dec, increasing to nine on 26th, three Wiseman’s Bridge 15th Jan and of four flying past Skomer on 29th Oct.
2019All records were: two at the mouth of the Teifi Est 27 Mar, five in Angle Bay 10 Apr, 40 off Amroth 17 Apr, a male off Pen Anglas 22 Oct and one Wiseman’s Bridge 23 Dec.
2020Only records received were: two Wiseman’s Bridge 26 Jan, four Angle Bay 4 Sept and two St. Brides 30 Dec.

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Little Tern – records

Sternula albifronsMôr-wennol FechanScarce passage migrant. Not recorded from December to March or July

Earlier records are summarised in Little Tern 2006

2006All records from Strumble Hd where 1 on 3 Aug, 3 on 25 & 27 Sept, singles 28 Sept & 2 Oct.
2007All records were of singles off Strumble Head in September, on the 1st, 3rd and 5th (GHR, RS)
2008All records were: two at Freshwater West 30 April, and one there 20 May.  Two in Angle Bay on 5 Aug, and one on Carew River on 3 Sep.
2009Passage noted off Strumble Head in Autumn: in August two on the 20th and one on the 21st, in September one on 4th and 5th, and two on 8th, and finally one on 10th October.
2010All records came from Strumble Head where there was an above average year with a total of 29 birds between 25th July & 16th Sept. In July two on 25th, in August single birds on 16th & 18th with four on 21st and in September single birds on 1st, 4th & 5th with a good count of 16 on 7th (highest ever day count) and finally two on 16th.
2011Only recorded from Strumble Head where 14 birds passed, one on 29th Aug and in September a single on the 10th, two on 11th, 12th & 13th with four on the 18th.
2012Only recorded from Strumble Head where 15 birds passed on five dates: nine on 18th Aug with singles on 25th & 30th, in Sept. three on 1st & a single on the 24th.
2013Only recorded at Strumble Head when four seen on 28th July (RS).
2014Two spring records of a singles: at the Teifi Est on 4th May then another at Fishguard Harbour on 7th & 8th May. It was a good year for this species passing Strumble Head with a total of 21 birds logged. In August singles on 11th, 25th & 30th with two on 27th, six on 29th & seven on 28th. In September singles on 17th & 30th and in October a single bird on the 9th.
2015Only recorded at Strumble Head, with four on 23rd Aug and a single on 3rd Sept.
2016At Strumble Head a total of eight birds recorded, singles on 4th & 29th Aug with six on the 31st of the same month.
2017A total of nine birds recorded at Strumble Head, five in August, three in September and a single in October
2018A total of 17 logged passing Strumble Head: four on 24th & 27th Aug, five 21st Sept and two 19th & 23rd Sept
2019Single off Strumble Head 29 Sept was the only record.
2020One off the mouth of the Teifi Estuary, 19 Aug

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Velvet Scoter – records

Melanitta fusca – MOR-HWYADEN GOGLEDD – Winter visitor.

Previous records are summarised in Velvet Scoter 1994

1993Singles Strumble Head 9 Jan, 12 Jun and 20 Nov and Druidston 25 Nov, 3 Skomer 22 Oct.
19944 Amroth 30 Jan, up to 7 in that area 20 Nov – 3 1 Dec, singles Strumble Hd 2 July and Newgale 13 Nov.
1995Singles Strumble Head 1 Jan, 3 Nov and 2 Dec, 2 Newgale 2 Jan, with singles there 8 Jan and 14 Dec, singles Ramsey 22 June and Gann 18-19 Nov, 3 Amroth 12 Jan and 4 Mar, with on 15 Jan and 17 Dec.
1996Singles Fishguard Harbour 9 Feb and Amroth 14 Feb, with 14 there 27 Mar. One Strumble Head 20 Sept.
19973 Nolton 5 – 7 Jan, one Newgale 12 Feb, 4 Amroth 3 Mar, 2 Strumble Hd 15 Oct, singles there 26 Oct and 7 Nov, and at Wiseman’s Bridge 14 Dec.
19983 Broad Haven (N) 10 Jan, up to 4 Newgale 26 Jan – 15 Feb, up to 6 Amroth 15-22 March. Singles Strumble Head 26 Sept & 14 Nov. 2 on 4 Nov. 2 Druidston 6 Dec, 2 Amroth 13 Dec and 2 Broad Haven (N) 20 – 21 Dec.
19991-5 Amroth 6-30 Jan, one there 18 & 21 Nov (TJP et al), 1-2 Broad Haven (N) 11-21 Jan (KJSD et al), one Strumble Head 17 Jan (SB).
20004 Strumble Head 15 Oct (GHR).
2001Male Amroth 17 Feb (GHR) and female 25 Feb (DSB), one Strumble Head 10 Nov and 7 on 13 Dec (SEB).
2002Variably 4-9 Nolton/Newgale 15 Feb – 14 Mar, singles Strumble Head 3 & 10 Nov, 5 Broad Haven (N) 29 Nov – 31 Dec.
20035 Broad Haven (N) 5 Jan, 9 there 24 Jan – 12 Feb, 8 on 14 & 15 Feb, 12 on 5 Dec, then 7 from 6 – 29 Dec. One Amroth 2 Jan, 2 Strumble Head 30 Nov.
20046 Broad Haven (N) 2 Jan, one there 25 Jan, one Strumble Head 18 Jan, 2 on 15 Feb,3 on 24 Oct and 2 on 25 Oct.
2005Singles Newgale 13 Jan & 15 Feb, Manorbier 10 Nov, Angle Bay 20 Nov, Newgale 26 & 27 Nov, 2 at latter 24 & 25 Dec, one St Davids Head 26 Dec.
2006One Newgale 2 – 6 Jan, with 2 there 3 Jan, one Skomer 29 Mar, 2 Strumble Head 8 Dec.
2007All records were: a male passing off Strumble Head on 12 Sept., three males there on 18 Nov. and two males on 10th Dec, (SEB, AR, CBu). Five off Broad Haven (N) on 18th & 19th Dec., reducing to three by the 23rd (TJP, PKG, KJSD).
2008The only records were of 5 off Broad Haven North from 2nd until 6th Jan. (LL. DJA).
2009All records were in St. Bride’s Bay off Broad Haven (N). There were two on 21 Feb, increasing to nine on 19 March which then reduced to two again by the 21st. Later in the year another two were recorded at the same site from 17 to 21 Dec. Elsewhere one passed Strumble Head on 9 Sept and three males passed by on 11 Oct and three were off Pen Anglas on 30 Nov.
2010All records were from St. Brides Bay with two at Broad Haven on 10 Jan and one at Newgale on 30 Jan & 1 Feb. Then at the other end of the year, three at Broad Haven on 19 Nov rising to eight by 21st, dropping to two from 24 Dec with just 1 remaining by the 31st.
2011All records were from Broad Haven (N) where there was a pair from 3 to 9 Jan then a female reported on 20 Nov & 1 Dec at the same site.
2012A 1st winter male at Broad Haven (N) on 26 Feb, a female at the same site from 23 – 30 Nov & three females Wisemans Bridge on 5 Dec were the only records.
2013A single Female at Broad Haven (N) from 2 to 20 March and three off Newgale 26 Dec were the only acceptable records.
2014Single individuals were recorded at Strumble Head on 22 Sept, a male off the St. Davids Head/St. John’s Point area from 15 to 19 Nov and off Amroth on 24 Dec.  
2015The only record for the year was of three past Strumble Head on 12 Sept.
2016A single female type bird which joined the Common Scoter flock at Wiseman’s Bridge on 15 Dec was the only record for the year.
2017No records
2018Only record was of a male and two females off Amroth 24 March
2019Only records were of two in Whitesands Bay 28 Nov and singles off Skomer 5 Nov, off Skokholm 2 Dec and in St. Brides Bay off Broad Haven N on 17 Dec
2020Only records received were: off Broad Haven (N): one 12 – 21 Jan, three 23 Oct and one 6 Dec; off Wiseman’s Bridge – Coppet Hall: 27- 30 there 19 – 26 Jan, two on 3 Dec and a single 11 Dec.

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Ruff – records

Calildris pugnax – PIBYDD TORCHOG – Passage migrant

Previous records are summarised in Ruff 1994 and Ruff 2012

2013The only reports were of singles at Fishguard Harbour on 17th Apr, at the Gann 3rd Aug, at Skokholm on 27th Sept and at St. Dogmaels on 28th Sept.
2014A single was reported on spring passage at Skokholm on 31st May, All other sightings referred to birds on autumn passage, with up to two birds present at Marloes Mere from 21st to 26th July and then singles on Skokholm on 1st and 18th Sept, on Skomer on 8th Sept, at Marloes Mere on 13th Sept, at Nevern Est on 15th Sept and at Teifi Marshes on 23rd Sept. Subsequently, two were seen at Marloes Mere from 10th to 18th Oct and the last sighting was of a single at Cosheston Pill 16th Nov.
2015Only two reports on spring passage of a single reeve on Skomer on 10th May, then possibly the same bird on Skokholm on the 11th. The first returning bird was also on Skokholm on 29th June, where the species was the reported on a further 21 dates until 15th Sept, with a max of 5 on 25th Aug. There were also multiple sightings at The Gann, where the species was reported on 7 dates, with a maximum of three on 19th Aug. Elsewhere, single birds were recorded at Skomer, St David’s Airfield and at Cosheston Pill, where the last sighting of the year was reported on 18th Oct.
2016All records were: two Skokholm 20th Aug, with one there on 23rd, two at the Gann and one at Marloes on 16th Aug, two Poppit 18th Sept. On Skomer singles 22nd & 24th July and 7th Sept.
2017All records received: singles at St. Dogmaels 1st Apr, Gann 29th & 30th May, 25th July, Skomer on 26th July & 25th Sept, Skokholm 21st Sept, Nevern Est 12th Oct; three at the Gann 23rd Apr and six there on 3rd Nov, decreasing to two on 8th Nov; two on Skokholm on 5th May; three at Marloes 26th Nov – 3 rd Dec, with a single remaining until 9th .
2018All records were of singles unless stated: at Teifi Estuary 24th Aug, Angle Bay 1st Sept, increasing to three on 7th, Pembroke Mill Pond 9th Sept and Gann 29th Oct.
2019Winter records: two at the Gann 3 Jan, one there 21 Feb, one 3 & 10 Nov. In autumn singles at: Gann 14 & 24 Aug and 10 Sept, on the Teifi Est 14 Aug & 26 Sept and on Skomer 8 Sept.
2020All records were of singles unless stated: at the Gann 27 Jan, 4 Mar – 1 Apr, 15 Aug – end of the year, with two there 19 & 28 – 29 Sept, on Skokholm 16 – 20 Apr, on Skomer 23 + 30 Aug, at Teifi Est 22 Aug and at Nevern Est: 25 Aug & 15 Sept.

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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.
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
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
2020All records were of singles: a 2CY at Teifi Marshes 27 July – 3 Sept, and one at Castlemartin Corse 6 & 7

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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.

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 
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.

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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


Teifi Marshes reedbed


Tenby Marshes reedbed


Haverfordwest/Withybush buildings


Other roost sites

1984Sep350Texaco JettyIndustrial
1984Sep60StackpoleMaize field
1994Mar50Nevern BridgeReedbed?
1998May1000Gulf refineryIndustrial
1998Sep70St Davids SchoolSub-urban
1999Sep75Pembroke Millpond?
2020Aug50Picton Ferryon a boat!


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
20206 April1 OctoberA long staying 1CY bird at the Gann 5 Sept – 1 Oct had been ringed as a nestling near Elgon, Moray on 10 July this year.

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

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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
Autumn max – none given
202011 March4 DecemberOne over-wintered on Skokholm 2019 – 2020 and another one there on 4 Dec. Another winter record from Llanreath-Hobb’s Point (WeBS) 12 Jan

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