Scientific: Larus glaucoides

Cymraeg: Gwylan yr Arctig

Rare winter visitor.

1983
A first winter bird, Llangennech, 11 February Third record for county.

1987
1, 2nd winter plumage moulting into summer plumage, Llangennech, 4th and again 18 March. Second record for county. Record circulating.

1994
A first winter individual at Carmarthen rubbish tip, Llanddarog on 17th February was the first since 1987.

1995
A 2nd winter individual at Sandy Water Park, Llanelli on 9th April was the eleventh species of Gull to be recorded at this site.

1997
There were 2 records: a 3rd summer at Cydweli Quay on 27th May and an un-aged bird at Cefn Sidan on 10th July.

1998
A record year for this species with at least 4 different individuals. A 1st winter bird was picked up in an emaciated condition at Upper Robinson Street in Llanelli town centre on 5th January but later died: the bird has been preserved. This was followed by 2 1st winters at Carmarthen rubbish tip, Llanddarog on 7th January, with 1 there on 9th and a 1st and 2nd winter thereon 15th. Finally there was a first year bird at Burry Port on 5th April. This former vagrant has now been recorded in four of the last five years.

2004
Penclacwydd March 22nd-25th.

2007
Sandy Water Park first winter January 2nd -5th & February 17th, same Cefn Sidan February 17th and from the north of the county another first winter just south of Crymych (inside Carmarthenshire boundary) March 19th.