Scientific: Asio otus

Cymraeg: Tylluan Gorniog

Rare visitor and may breed. Amber List.

1982
Little known of present distribution. 1, near Llangadog, 22 December.

1983
Reported near Llangadog, April.

1987
1, near Llanarthne, 4 & 16 June, no evidence of breeding. Singles, Pembrey Forest, Pembrey, Burry Port, many observers, 16-19 July; Cefn Sidan, 3 October. First sightings since 1983.

1988
1 calling near Blan Wysg (Usk) Reservoir, 20 April.

1990
One, Machynys, 12th and 14 March.

1992
Only 2 records: Pembrey Forest: 1 on 4th January, Ffairfach: 1 on 28th April. The distribution of this owl remains enigmatic. No doubt much could be discovered by an enterprising nocturnal birdwatcher in the north of the county where apparently suitable habitat exists on the margins of many conifer forest plantations.

1993
A bird with a broken wing was in scrub near Berwick Roundabout, Bynea on 7th March and a second, roosting in trees near Belle Vue, Bynea, on 24th November.

1994
Only one record was received, a single bird at Cynghordy on 5th April.

1998
An individual at Morfa Bacas on 22nd December was the first since 1994.

2000
There were a series of records involving 3 individuals at Penclacwydd during the early winter period. There was 1 from 7th January, which was joined by a 2nd on 20th with both remaining to mid-March A different bird was present form 20th March – 2nd April.

2003
‘…One heard hooting in woodland at 11am …One heard calling 8-9pm on same day…’ on 12th April at Llyn Llech Owain. Another ‘… calling (contact call) over my house this evening at 10.20pm. Never heard it here before so could have just been passing over… at Salem on 7th September.

2004
Two at Penclacwydd from January 19th – March 23rd.

2005
Penclacwydd February 4th.