Scientific: Carduelis carduelis
Cymraeg: Teiliwr Llundain
A widespread breeding resident. There is a marked passage in March and April.
Only small numbers. Adversely affected by January cold spell.
Maximum aggregations, c.30, Llansteffan, 15 February; c.50 on 22 November; 48, Cefn Sidan, 26 November; 27, Llandeilo, 29 December.
Early year flocks, rather small, maximum, 25, Llangennech, 12 February. Considerable flocking and autumn passage movements c50, Pontyates, 26 August; 40, Blaen Wysg (Usk) Reservoir, 15th; 30, Pembrey Airfield; c80, Machynys, 18th; c150, Tywyn Burrows; c70, Blaenau; c100, Ginst Point, 30 Sept; c50, Ammanford, 16 October; c50 Pembrey Country Park, 6th; c70, Tywyn Point, 17 November
Maxa flocks, c150, Pembrey Country Park, 24 March; 45, Betws, 25 September.
Flocks of 50+ Pembrey, 17th, c40, 30 April; c30 on 6 May; c40, Betws, 6 September 26 on 1 November. 43, Old River O. Factory, Pembrey, 19 November.
Maxa winter flocks, c150, Pembrey Forest, 19 January; c70, Llanarthne, 26 August; c100, Dryslwyn, 6 October.
Winter flocks, c.50, near Blaen Wysg Reservoir, February, November; Pendine Burrows, March and December, c200 September.
c50, Pontynyswen 30 April; c200, Dryslwyn, 6 September; 280, Laugharne Burrows, October.
Flocks of c.300, Pendine Burrows; c250 Blaen Wysg Reservoir, both late September
Flocks c200 Ffairfach 3 September; c250 Pendine Burrows 3 October.
An influx of birds returning to breeding territories was noted at Llwynhendy in late March.
The only 2 records received of significant wintering numbers were 130 at Pembrey Burrows on 17th January and 350 at Pendine Burrows on 17th September.
The Goldfinch is essentially a summer visitor to most of Carmarthenshire with breeding birds arriving in March and particularly in April It also occurs on passage and as a winterer, almost exclusively on the coast. The records from Laugharne-Pendine Burrows: 30 on 4th January, 43 on 1st February, 80 on 20th September and 40 on 4th October show the presence of an overwintering flock with a passage peak in September: The only other winter records received were a party of 12, feeding on drift line seeds, at Morfa-uchaf, Ferryside, on 14th December, and a party of 16 similarly at Llansteffan on 28th December.
Records of passage flocks included c.200 birds on Laugharne/Pendine Burrows in September/October; 160 at Dinefwr Ponds on 11th September; 70 at Sandy Water Park on 22nd September; 100 at Ty Gwyn, Ffairfach on 29th September and 23 at Salem on 11th October.
Overwintering parties were smaller and mostly, but not exclusively, coastal. Records included Witchett Pool: 30 on 14th January and 26 on 14th February; Ginst Point: 40 on 2nd December and Castle Woods: 35 on 23rd November. A record of 2 at an upland site, Foel, north of Llyn y Fan Fach on 15th December was unusual for the season.
Records for the early winter period were 8 at Usk Reservoir on 2nd January and 11 at Penrhyngwyn on 30th January.
Autumn passage flocks included 300 at Usk Reservoir on 11th September and 250 at Pendine on 17th.
Late winter records were of 10 at Cynghordy on 28th December and Broad Oak on 29th, during a period of cold weather.
Counts were lower than in previous years. First winter records were of 9 during a cold spell at Broad Oak on 3rd January and 40 at Witchett Pool on 7th February.
A group of 20 were seen on passage at Llandeilo on 29th April.
Autumn/winter counts included 50 at Laugharne on 11th September, 28 at Witchett Pool on 3rd December and 15 at Bethlehem on 26th.
Records for the first winter period included 40 at Witchett Pool on 20th January and 15 at Usk Reservoir on 21st February.
The largest group was of 250 at Pembrey Salting’s on 4th October.
The only notable record was of a flock of 60 juveniles at Taliaris on 6th September.
There were 150 at Penclacwydd during the August and September. A flock of 100 was recorded at Pembrey on 26th September.
There were c100 at Dinefwr Ponds on 24th August, 50 at Ffosddu, Salem on 26th August, 40 near the coast East of Burry Port on 19th September and 160 at Ginst Point on 1st October. At Penclacwydd the highest counts were 50 in September and 35 in October.
Records were: of 19 at Abergwili on 8 June; 150 in Dinefwr Park on 21st August; 100 at Burry Port on 24th September; and a maximum at Usk of 200, in September.
At Penclacwydd 3 pairs bred in the Millennium Wetland, highest counts were 60 in August and 40 in September.
20 were at the high tide mark, Pembrey Beach, on 4th March; 30 at Abergwili on 12th August. On 5th September c200 at Ffosddu; 75 on the same date at Cynheidre and c40 at Usk Reservoir dam on 14th. Cefnilwydcoed, Penybanc saw up to 8.
At Penclacwydd 3 pairs again bred in the Millennium Wetland, highest count was 85 in September.
At Pwllau, Taliaris, where it is normally absent during winter 1 on peanut holder, 4th January. About 85 in Dinefwr Park on 22nd August. 40 at Pwllau, Taliaris on 31st [last there on 26th November]. A maximum at Mynydd Pencarreg of 15 on 1st September. Rhydcymerau with c280 feeding on Knapweed and Scabious on 22nd September. 5 at Felinfoel on 1st December. 9, ‘ … with all thistle cut, very unusual there at this time of year…’ at Mynydd Pencarreg on 3rd. Highest count at Penclacwydd was a flock of over 100 in September.
100 Cwm Hiraeth August 18th and 50 Kidwelly Quay September 30th. A Peak of 55 at Penclacwydd in October A possible 59 pairs located by counting singing birds at 30 sites.
c150 Kidwelly Quay October 3rd. A possible 22 pairs reported from 14 sites.
55 at Penclacwydd on November 15th was the only record of note received.
The most significant report was of 250 feeding in a field at the National Botanic Garden September 20th.