Scientific: Pica pica

Cymraeg: Pioden

A common resident breeder, nesting throughout the county on farmland and the outskirts of built-up areas.

1982
Party of 36, Tywyn Point, 26 December

1983
WBS count of 31, Bynea area, 20 November

1984
10 together were observed at Pwllau, Taliaris on 14th February. At Bishop’s Palace on 2nd April. 6 were seen in one tree, snapping off twigs.

1985
30, Bynea, 16 April.

1986
39, Tygwyn, Ffairfach, 5 March.

1987
30+ at communal winter roosts, both in willow carr, near Ffairfach; Derwydd; c50, Laugharne Burrows, January; 33, North Gwendraeth estuary, 15 February.

1989
25, Laugharne Burrows, 10 March.

1993
In the Pinged area, 20 territories were noted.

1994
The only records received were counts of 21 at both Rhosmaen on 14th August and Machynys Pond on 12th October.

1995
About 5 pairs bred on the Gwenffrwd/Dinas Reserve. A roost of 25 was noted at Taliaris on 17th February.

1999
A group of 19 were observed at Cwmllwyd, Gwynfe on 24th February.

2002
25 near Dryslwyn Service Station on 24th January. Soon after, on 3rd February, 14 together near Gelli Deg, Taliaris. On 11th, 16 in one tree at Abergwili.

2003
Bancyffordd, 20th February and 11 near Burry Port on 15th April. Present all year at Pwllau, Taliaris ‘…15 in a noisy dispute on 1/2…’.

2007
Up to 25 roosting at Pwll in December.