Scientific: Anas clypeata

Cymraeg: Hwyaden Lydanbig

A winter visitor to coastal and inland waters; the principal sites being Penclacwydd and the Witchett Pool. Has bred at the Witchett Pool.

1982
At Dryslwyn, 11, 6 January; 7, clinic 25 January; 6, 13 February; 10, 4 March; 3, 6 April., 1 Dinefwr Ponds, 25 January & 8 February, 8 on 18 February. 14, Gwendraeth estuary, 5 January; 3, 16 March. 9, Nantgaredig, 28 December..

1983
15, Witchett, 30 January, 26 on 6 March, 12 on 20 March; 9, Tâf estuary., 2 April; 10, Morfa Cydweli, 6 January; 3, Pembrey, 26 February; 3, Llanelli, 3 March; 7, Cilsan, 1 March; 2, Llyn Pencarreg, 9 & 22 January, 1 male there 1 April; 7 (3 males), Dryslwyn, 30 November.

1984
Increased early year totals at several sites, 24, Witchett Pool, 32 on 16 February; 27, Dinefwr Ponds, 22 February, 22 on 4 March; 10 on 19th, 7 (5 male), on 24 March, pair, 5th, 3 (2 male), 9 April; 10, Cydweli Flats, 21 February; 14, Ffrwd Fen, Pinged, 11 March. 1, Dinefwr Ponds, 15 September increasing to 15 (10 male), 21 December; 5, Pendine Sands, 9 October; 2, Tygwyn Pond, Ffairfach, 4 November; 2, Laugharne, 18 November.

1985
39, Witchett Pool, 13 January; 5, Dinefwr Ponds, 2 January, 10 on 2 March, 6, Tygwyn Pond, 3 February; 6, Dryslwyn, 1 March; 8, Cydweli Flats, 4 March. male with 7 Mallard, Penclacwydd, Llwynhendy, 19 May. 15, Witchett Pool 2 November, 12 on 9 December. 6, Dryslwyn, 7 November; 1 Bevan`s Pond, Cydweli Flats, 8 November, and 3 December; 3, Tygwyn Pond, 11 December.

1986
No breeding records, 2 males, Dinefwr Ponds, 9 April; 3 males, 2 moulting, at a new pond at Penclacwydd Wildfowl Centre, Llwynhendy, 21 June. Elsewhere, 20+ Witchett Pool, 18 January, up to 40 in February, 15, 30 March; 19 Machynys, 8 March; 5 Bevan`s Pond, 20 February; pair, River Gwendraeth Fawr, Cydweli, 30 November; 1, Tywi estuary 16th; 2, Tâf estuary. 20 December; 13, Dinefwr Ponds, 23 October; 3, Dryslwyn, 6 March.

1987
No breeding records; present Witchett Pool until early May; 3-5, Cydweli Flats 3/6 April; pair, Horsebox Pond, Pwll, 6 May, . Up to 8, during January, River Tywi, Dryslwyn, Morfa Coedbach, Cydweli; Tywyn Point; Pwll and Laugharne; 8, Dryslwyn, 14 February; c60, Witchett Pool, January, 11 there 15 March; up to 6, Ty Gwyn Pond until 17 March. 20 Upper Tâf estuary, 13th; 2, R.Cywin, Pontddu, 20 December.

1988
Pair present during breeding season Witchett Pool; Tygwyn Pond 18 April. Early year maxa 30-50 Witchett Pool, January-March, ; 5, Upper Lliedi Reservoir, 25 March. Single, Ferry Pt, 14th; 5, Penclacwydd, 30 August; 5, Talley, 23rd; male, Dryslwyn, 25 October; female, Cydweli, 1 December; 3+, Llangennech, 27 October.

1989
Pr lingered on Witchett Pool until 5 May. 9 off Penclcawydd, 10 February, 18 & 20 August where montly maxa 43, 18 September 58, 2 October, 40, November, 11, December; 30, Witchett Pool, 14 January, 25, 21 March, 20, April, 6, 13 September 6, October/November, 24, December; 4, Laugharne, 29 March, 2, 26 November; 3 off Cefn Sidan, 10 September; 2, Llyn Pencarreg, 14 February & 29 October. 17 off Burry Port, 27 November.

1990
A pair lingered at Penclacwydd WWT and Witchett Pool throughout May. A flock of 300+ on the River Tâf at Black Scar, 28 December was quite exceptional and the largest total ever recorded in the county, the previous highest being c.90, Witchett Pool, 17 January, 28 in February and 22 in March and up to 5 early and late year at Morfa Coedbach, Dryslwyn and Dinefwr Ponds.

1991
Maximum of 139 at Penclacwydd in July, 40 at Witchett January and February, up to 5 Dinefwr Ponds and Morfa Coedbach November/December.

1992
A pair was seen at Tygwyn Pond, Ffairfach in late spring, with a female there on 18th and 23rd to 24th June ; but there was no evidence of breeding.

Non-estuarine January records came from Witchett Pool where 9 were seen on 7th, and on the same day, 2 were seen at Dryslwyn. Then in February, 7 were seen Tywyn Point on 23rd.

Apart from the odd pair at Talley on 20th November and Witchett Pool on 9th December, late year records came from Penclacwydd where 182 in December was a new record for the Centre.

1993
A typical spread of records with peak numbers at the turn of the year. The only other records were of 1 at Dinefwr Ponds on 6th November, 4 on Sandy Water Park on 6th February, and a pair there on 24th December; additionally a pair were on Machynys Pond on 7th February, 15th March and 3rd November.
168 at Penclacwydd in January, 140+ November and December, 33 at Witchett in February.

1994
The wintering population at Penclacwydd is still rising and birds also spend increasing amounts of time on the scrapes as opposed to the estuary. It is still not yet clear whether the increase in birds on the north shore is a result of birds abandoning the south shore. Hopefully if the population continues to grow, this should become more apparent.

Monthly high counts at Penclacwydd of January, 123, February, 132, October, 143, November, 163 and December 216.

1995
Numbers at Penclacwydd continue to increase with the 400 in January being a new record for the centre. Records in the Tywi Valley were 4 at Dinefwr Ponds on 7th January, 2 at Tygwyn Pond, Ffairfach on 7th February, 1 at Bethlehem on 21st, 1 at Dryslwyn on 9th March and 7 at Dinefwr Ponds on 12th.

1996
The November count of 540 at Penclacwydd was a new record for the centre. Records in the Tywi Valley were of 10 at Cilsan Bridge on 4th January, 2 at Dinefwr Ponds on 20th January and 10th April.

1997
Numbers continue to increase at Penclacwydd with a new high count of 630 in December.

1998
Six pairs bred at Penclacwydd but were unsuccessful, highest counts were 474 in January and 433 in December. This was the first breeding attempt since J.F. Thomas’ record of 4/5 pairs near the Witchett Pool on 21st May 1950. There were 7 at Coedbach on 5th January.

1999
Three pairs bred at Penclacwydd, winter numbers down slightly, highest count of 348 in January.

2000
One pair bred at Penclacwydd, but was unsuccessful. Inland there were 7 at Dinefwr Ponds on 23rd February. 349 in the North Burry in January.

2001
6 at Dinefwr Ponds on 5th January became 2 there on 3rd February. Machynys Pond held 6 on 23rd November. At Dinefwr Ponds on 26th December there were 5. Maximum of 238 at Penclacwydd in January.

2002
3 at or near Penrhyngwyn Pond on 6th October seems to be the only record apart from the regular estuary counts. Winter counts at Penclacwydd peaked with 197 in October.

2003
Ashpits Pond: 4 on 18th February and a pair on 23rd November; 2 at the Gwendraeth Estuary on 3rd December; Banc-y-Lord, 10+ on 24th December and Ashpits Pond again with a maximum of 6 on 29th December constitute an improvement on last year. Maximum of 151 at Penclacwydd in January.

2004
At Penclacwydd 73 February 15th, 65 February 28th, 47 March 13th, 82 September 2nd, 85 October 31st 153 November 28th 113 December 17th, and 54 December 31st.

2005
97 Penclacwydd January 2nd and 62 there January 28th, 35 Penrhyngwyn Pond March 15th, 71 Penclacwydd October 27th and 100 Machynys December 5th.

2006
Away from the coast 12 at Dinefwr Ponds is perhaps significant. At Penclacwydd there were 47 January 15th, 94 February 15th, 85 March 15th, 53 April 15th, 68 September 15th, 212 October 15th and 44 December 15th.

2007
Regular at Sandy Water Park between late August and the end of the year. 26 December 23rd was the maximum counted. At Gwendraeth and Coedbach 73 were counted February 2lst and in the Twyi 8 were at Dinefwr Ponds March 8th. At Penclacwydd 231 November 25th.