Scientific: Lanius excubitor

Cymraeg: Cigydd Mawr

A rare winter and passage visitor.

1, Witchett Pool, 28 November

2, near Cwm Colliery, Pontyberem, 24th; 1, Gweunydd Cochion, Tumble, 28 and 30 March.

Singles, near Bancyfelin, 19 February; Gwenffrwd Reserve, 14 & 17 March, 8 April.

1 near Blaen Wysg (Usk) Reservoir, 14 February.

One, Halfway Forest, Llandovery, February March.

Two records of a single bird perched, in classic fashion, on tree-top vantage points near the Usk Reservoir – 28th February and 15th March. Last recorded in 1991.

One was at the Usk Reservoir on 19th April and there were two records in the second winter period: 1 at Dryslwyn on 8th November and 1 in riverine scrub at Ty Gwyn, Ffairfach from 16th – 23rd December.

Recorded for the third successive year with 1 in the Crychan Forest on 28th Jan.

One at Usk Reservoir on 26th – 27th December remained into 1997. This was the fourth successive year that the species has been recorded in the county.

One first seen at the Usk Reservoir on 26th December 1996 remained to 24th January.

A total of 5 birds were found at the following locations, 1 at Rhydcymerau on 7th April, 1 at Usk Reservoir on 1st November with 2 (1 an immature ) there on 7th, 1 back at Rhydcymerau on 14th November and lastly 1 at Cilycwm on 17th December.

One bird was seen in the Brechfa Forest during January and in the following month one turned up at the Gwenffrwd/Dinas Reserve on 28th. Another was observed in a garden at Pentre Felin, Llandeilo on 1st March and the only record for the second winter period concerned an individual recorded at Cynnant, Cynghordy on 10th November and 26th December.

All sightings were at Usk Reservoir, on 16th November, and 1st and 25th December.

1 near Usk Reservoir on 20th March and 23rd November and the same or another at Mynydd Llanybydder on 27th November.

Usk Reservoir February 19th.

Singles Crychan Forest November 12th and Usk Reservoir November 14th & December 13th.