Scientific: Pyrrhula pyrrhula

Cymraeg: Coch Y Berll

A widespread, if shy and retiring, breeding resident of scrub, orchards and thick hedgerows.

Maximum aggregation from WAS counts, 9 Drefach Felindre, 24 January.

6, Llandybie, 28 October.

8, Dryslwyn, 15 January. Good ash keys crop, party of 5+ around all late year, Gwenffrwd Reserve.

Flocks of 12, Betws, 12th; c30 Black Scar, 25 January.

Although widely recorded, the only noteworthy record was of a group of 26 in Pembrey Forest on 12th December.

The only records received were of a parties of 10 in Pembrey Forest on 24th April and 12 at Pendine Burrows on 8th September.

Two pairs bred at Witchett Pool fledging 7 young. A party of 12 was observed near Cynghordy Viaduct on 18th December.

The largest gathering was that of 12 at Cynghordy on 13th January.

Six pairs bred around the Witchett Pool.

A group of 10 was seen at Cynghordy on 12th December with 9 at Salem on 13th.

A nutfeeder attracted 1 at Blaenau on 9th June. During the second winter period 8 fed off thistles at Ffosddu on 7th December.

Only three reports: 8 at Pwllau, Taliaris on 7th December and 3 at Usk Reservoir on 15th. A minimum of 10 pairs bred at Penclacwydd.

On 2nd January c30 at Mynydd Tre-beddau. 2 males at Manordeilo on 18th and 25th January. 2, Bancyffordd, 12th March. 6 at Rhydcymerau on 28th August and c13 at the Sifigwm Plantation, Brechfa Forest on 21st November.

Two breeding territories by the Usk Reservoir. A further 7 pairs located 4 sites. Fifteen were found together at Fwng 1saf December 26th.

Compared with parts of lowland England this species is quite numerous in the county.

Despite declining numbers elsewhere this species remains a regular sight within the county. A flock of up to 15 Ffordd y Wagen December 15th is though quite exceptional.