Red-breasted Merganser – WeBS 2021-22

Mergus serrator – HWYADEN FRONGOCH – Winter visitor

Updates to the Wetland Bird Survey counts for this season.

This graph will be updated as more counts come in.

2021-22 – A female/immature in Goodwick Harbour on October 30th, 2 in Lower Town harbour on 2/11 & 12/11 missed the WeBS counts. A male at Lower Town & Goodwick harbours from 2/1/22 managed to get himself counted for WeBS. ( 5 at Amroth on 13/11 and 6 at Wiseman’s Bridge on 8/1 – not a WeBS site)

No Red-breasted Mergansers were seen during WeBS counts for the 2020-21 season.

Annie Haycock (BBS & WeBS local organiser)

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Barnacle Goose – 2021-22 Winter

Branta leucopsis – GWYDD WYRAN – Winter visitor and passage migrant. 

The Teifi Estuary holds, on a rolling five-year average, the second-largest winter population in Wales.

The 1980s counts are for a flock that spent the winters between Skomer and Marloes Mere (see Barnacle Goose – 1994 for more details).

The counts since 2005 refer mainly to a feral flock breeding Cardigan Island, and wintering on the Teifi Estuary. One or two birds are sometimes seen elsewhere, usually in the company of other geese. As the geese often feed away from the estuary, they may not be present for WeBS counts.

Annie Haycock (BBS & WeBS local organiser)

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Dunlin – WeBS 2021-22

Calidris alpina – PIBYDD Y MAWN – Winter visitor and passage migrant.

Updates to the Wetland Bird Survey counts for this season.

Data for June and July are collected by Jane Hodges during the annual surveillance of summer shelduck populations on the Cleddau Estuary complex. There are no counts in August. The September to March data is collected from sites across Pembrokeshire (including the Teifi Estuary) for the BTO Wetland Bird Survey.

This graph will be updated as more counts come in.

Annie Haycock (BBS & WeBS local organiser)

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Curlew – WeBS 2021-22

Numenius arquata – GYLFINIR – Breeding resident, winter visitor and passage migrant.

Updates to the Wetland Bird Survey counts for this season.

Data for June and July are collected by Jane Hodges during the annual surveillance of summer shelduck populations on the Cleddau Estuary complex. There are no counts in August. The September to March data is collected from sites across Pembrokeshire (including the Teifi Estuary) for the BTO Wetland Bird Survey.

This graph will be updated as more counts come in.

Note that the maxima chart includes counts from June and July which, in recent years, have often been higher than the September-March counts.

Annie Haycock (BBS & WeBS local organiser)

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