Scientific: Branta leucopsis

Cymraeg: Gwydd Wyran

A rare winter visitor to the Tywi Valley and coastal sites.

1982
1, attached to Drywslwyn Whitefront flock, 5 January – 4 March, had been ringed, Slimbridge; 2, Llangain, 13 December..

1984
1 escape ? with Greylags, Witchett Pool, 20 May.

1985
1 unringed, Tywyn Point, 13 October, thought same at Bevan`s Pond, Cydweli Flats, 21 November till 22 December.

1986
1, with Whitefronted Geese, Dryslwyn, 12 January, then regular until 6 March.

1987
1, Ginst Point, 10th, 17 & 25 October & November. 5, with Whitefronts, Dryslwyn, 21/22 November, 18-28 December .

1988
1, River Tywi, Dryslwyn January – 3 March and again 29 October and 6 November. c50, Upper Tâf estuary, 28th-end December.

1989
c50, Upper Tâf estuary, mid January, stayed for 2 weeks; 2, Dryslwyn, 15 January.

1992
A group of 6 was seen with Brent Geese at Loughor Bridge on 26th January, with 1 there on 11th March. A single bird was on the marsh off Penclacwydd on 7th February and a feral bird remained there from 3rd May into June. Elsewhere, 1 was at Ginst Point on 24th April and on 18th October.

1993
Two were present in the fields near Ginst Point from 8th to 10th November, with 3 there from 16th November to 6th December.

1995
The only records were of singles at Ginst Point from 28th March – 3rd April and Newcastle Emlyn on 12th December.

1997
The only records were of singles at Ginst Point from 28th March – 3rd April and Newcastle Emlyn on 12th December.

2000
Off Penclacwydd there were 10 on 16th January and 4 on 8th May. On the Tâf Estuary there were 5 in March and singles in August and October with 2 on 16th November.

2001
One record, of 2 at Llandilo-abercowin on 3rd January.

2002
For the second year running one record: a presumed feral bird with the Newcastle Emlyn Canada Goose flock in February.

2003
4 at Penclacwydd on 24th January. Could these be the same as those at Newcastle Emlyn? [see Escaped Birds].

2005
A single at Coedbach October 22nd and possibly the same at Cilsan Bridge December 3rd until 27th.

2006
One at Coedbach 22nd October

2007
Single Penclacwydd January 1st.