Scientific: Asio otus
Cymraeg: Tylluan Gorniog
Rare visitor and may breed. Amber List.
Little known of present distribution. 1, near Llangadog, 22 December.
Reported near Llangadog, April.
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.
1 calling near Blan Wysg (Usk) Reservoir, 20 April.
One, Machynys, 12th and 14 March.
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.
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.
Only one record was received, a single bird at Cynghordy on 5th April.
An individual at Morfa Bacas on 22nd December was the first since 1994.
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.
‘…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.
Two at Penclacwydd from January 19th – March 23rd.
Penclacwydd February 4th.