Scientific: Regulus ignicapillus

Cymraeg: Dryw Penfflamgoch

An irregular winter visitor and passage migrant.

1 female, near Rhandirmwyn, 15 November.

1, Dryslwyn, 6 January; 1 trapped indoors, Tumble C.P. School, 15 November.

1 near Llandyfeisant Church, Castle Woods, Llandeilo, 23-24 October. Eighth record for County.

Male, Castle Woods, Llandeilo, 9 December.

Singles, Pwll, 18 October; Talley 18th; Ffrwd Fen, 24 December, the most seen in any one year.

Female, Cwm Tawel, near Cynwyl Elfed, 13 December.

Singles, Tregib Woods, Ffairfach; Ashpits Pond, Burry Port, and Pembrey Forest, all 3 on 16 January also at last site on 19 January. 4 February and 12/13 December.

One was observed near the entrance to Pembrey Forest on 10th October Last recorded in 1991.

A male was located near Llangadog on 29th October. Last recorded in 1993.

The best ever year for this species with 3 records involving a total of 5 birds, all in November These were 1 at Cydweli Quay from 3rd – 9th; 3 at Pembrey Forest on 9th and 1 at Taliaris on 15th.

The only record was of 1 at Pembrey Salting’s on 6th January.

A modest increase in records following the single record last year. Spring passage birds were 1 at Penclacwydd from 8th – 28th March with 2 on 20th- 21st and 1 in a flock of Goldcrests at Abbey Woods, Whitland.

There was 1 on autumn passage at Penrhyngwyn on 14th September and a finally 1 at Penclacwydd on 12th December.

Only three records of 4 individuals in 1999, with a bird at Penclacwydd on 12th March and an autumn passage bird on 16th October. At Penybanc near Llandeilo, 2 associated with a group of Goldcrests in a rural garden throughout the latter half of October.

1 on 17th January, at Penclacwydd. was the only report.

1 on 9th January, at Pembrey Park Pond was the only report.

Four reports: 1 at Pistyll-gwyn, near Brechfa on 9th January; 1, Morfa Bychan on 15th March; 1, Penclacwydd, 16th November and 1 at Burry Port on 30th and 31st December.

Burry Port Jan, 2nd-8th, Penclacwydd January 10th & March 26th and Kidwelly Sewerage Works February 1st.

Two Kidwelly Quay January 2nd and one still there until January 9th. In addition one with Goldcrests Morfa Bychan February 2nd.

Singles at Penclacwydd March 16th, there again March 25th and Salem October 23rd

Llandyfaelog November 10th (David Poulter), Pembrey Country Park December 11th, Ashpits Pond December 22nd, 2 Penclacwydd December 30th.