Scientific: Anser albifrons

Cymraeg: Gwydd Dalcen Wen

Birds of the European race A. a. albifrons formerly wintered along the Tywi around Dryslwyn Castle. Numbers there decreased substantially during the last 20 years and this species is now a rare winter visitor. Rare records of the Greenland race A. a. flavirostris occur.

1982
Maxa. of wintering (November-March) flock, Dryslwyn, 850, 21 January, with 558 still present, 4 March; 226 on 29 December. First seen 11 November Ratio of young/adult was 220:500, 17 January 1 of the Greenland race A.a. flavirostris, attached to Dryslwyn flock, 13 November. Elsewhere 48, Cwm Isfael, 7 February; 4, Bynea, 24 December.

1983
Totals for the wintering flock on the River Tywi, at Dryslwyn 238 on 2 January, slowly rising to 302, 29 January, peaking at 320, 15 February, 296+ present when last counted, 4 March. 250+ flying over Bynea, 14 March, probably the former migrating. 5, at Dryslwyn, 20 October, were of the Greenland race, A.a. flavirostris; 2 (1 juvenile) there 22 November, 5 (1 juvenile), 27 November Late winter totals were 27, on 13 November, 180+, 28 December.

1984
Early year totals, Drywslyn, similar to 1983, 240 on 3rd, 268 on 15th, 305 on 29 January, peaking at 320+, 19 February, 296 still present, 4 March, when same date, c.200 flying South-east over Castle Woods, Llandeilo. c.20 flying in North Mynydd-cerrig, 9 January, 1 with Greylag, upstream of Dryslwyn, 6 May. late year totals, Dryslwyn, 12 on 17th, 9 on 25 November, 101 on 27 December, 12 flying near Gorslas, 16 November, thought to be this species.

1985
Early year totals Dryslwyn lower than usual, 120 on 3rd, 170 on 16th, 188 on 28 January, 290, 11-18 February, 190+ on 1 March. late year totals, 63 on 23 November, 140+ on 18 December, 206 on 31 December.

1986
298, River Tywi meadows, Dryslwyn, 12th, 271 on 15 January, 300+, 8th c350, 18 February, 257, 6th, 85 last seen, 17 March. Flock heard flying, early morning over Llanelli; 6 February; c60 Dryslwyn 28 December.

1987
Lower numbers than is usual in early and late year. 104, River Tywi meadows, Dryslwyn, 11th, 132, 18th, 151, 29 January, c175, 1 & 3 February, 168, Dryslwyn + 120 near Ty Pica, 15 March. Elsewhere, c30 flying over Mynydd Cerrig, 9th; c200 during hard weather, on marshy ground, Iscoed, Ferryside, 24 January; c200 flying up Burry Inlet, Burry Port, 19 February 53 over Swiss Valley, 5 March. 3, Dryslwyn, 26 November, 150+, 18 & 20 December. Heard flying over at night, Pontyates 15/16 December; 21, Ginst Point, 13 December.

1988
Early year monthly maxa, River Tywi, near Dryslwyn, 140+. 10 January, 148, 22 February, 128, 1st, 125, 12 March when last seen. Presumably this flock, seen flying over Llanelli and points intermediate from Dryslwyn on several dates January/February 61, first of late year, Dryslwyn, 22 November with maxa c150, 26 December.

1989
Early year maximum, Dryslwyn, 176, 10 January, elsewhere, 7 with 2 Greylags, Coch y Barlys, Llangain, 14 January; 28 Penclacwydd 7/8 January; c100 flying E. Mynydd Sylen, 23 January. Late year arrival at Dryslwyn on 21st, 38, 25 November, 47, 27 December, elsewhere, 2, Felinwen, 24 November, 4 over Penclacwydd, 3 December.

1990
C60, 5th and 31 January were the early year maximum at Dryslwyn. Late year appearance delayed until 2nd when 35 counted and maximum count only 45, 29 December. Unusually they were absent or reduced to 5 on several days. Adult, Penclacwydd WWT, 23 November.

1991
Dryslwyn flock reached a maximum 56 on 6 January. Just under 50 several dates up to end of February Elsewhere 25 Idole 30 January; 38 over Penclacwydd 17 January, 83 on 13th; 6 Ginst Point 17 February. 18 returned to Dryslwyn 24 November increasing to 55, 21 December.

1992
At Dryslwyn in the first winter period, there was a January maximum of 97 on 25th increasing to a winter maximum of 110 on 22nd February. This was the highest count since January 1989. One hundred and six remained on 28th February and the last 5 were seen on 8th March The only other record was from Penclacwydd where 4 flew over on 12th January.

Recorded in the second winter period from 20th November with 5 at Dryslwyn, increasing to 19 on 19th December with an end of year maximum of 33 on 27th December.

1993
At Dryslwyn 37 were present from 8th January to 6th February, increasing to 43 on 12th February and 63 from 22nd to 27th. The winter maximum was only 64 on 6th March, with 27 remaining on 10th March. The only other records were a flock of 13 flying over Penclacwydd on 3rd January and 2 at Tygwyn Pond, Ffairfach on 16th February.

In autumn, birds were noted from 6th November with 6 (2 adults, 4 immature) at Dryslwyn, increasing to 12 (5 adults, 7 immature) by 4th December. falling to 7 on 23rd. There were 9 near Ginst Point on 9th December with 3 on 28th, Dryslwyn counts included 37 in January, 63 in February and 64 in March.

1994
The demise of the wintering flock at Dryslwyn continued. In January 32 were noted on 2nd and 19th – 22nd with a maximum of 40 on 23rd, although the birds were frequently absent. In February numbers ranged from 36 on 12th to 43 on 23rd, with the highest count of the year being only 47 on 2nd March. Birds from Dryslwyn were probably involved in records from the Ginst Point area where there were 9 at Longridge Farm on 5th January, 3 on the Tâf estuary on 25th January and 34 at East Marsh on 9th February. Other records were groups of 32 flying over Porthyrhyd on 19th January and 38 flying east over Burry Port on 7th February and single birds at Dinefwr Ponds on 17th January and Penclacwydd in March.

A group of 28 at Westmarsh Farm, Ginst Point from 1st – 3rd March were of the Greenland race A. a. flavirostris.

There were no records for the second winter period.

1995
The first records of the winter were of 12 at Dryslwyn from 5th – 10th January. These declined to just 3 between 13th – 18th January, increasing to 6 by 5th February The highest count was of 22 from 19th – 23rd February; with the last record of 21 on 4th March.

As in 1994 there were no records for the second winter period.

1996
Numbers at Dryslwyn continued to decline; with only 5 on 26th January, 7 on 28th and 5 on 6th February. The winter maximum was 18 from 2nd – 5th March. The only other record was of 6 flying over Cwmann on 28th February.

There were no records for the second winter period.

1997
The only record from Dryslwyn was of 12 on 1st March. The only other records were from Penclacwydd with 1 of the Greenland race A. a. flavirostris on 3rd October and 4 of the European race on 17th December.

1999
Both records were of the Greenland race A. a. flavirostris with 1 at Ro-fawr from 12th – 15th February and 4 near Ginst Point on 6th November.

2001
1, probably of the race albifrons, among Greylags at Penclacwydd, from 13th to 23rd December, was the only record.

2002
An individual was resident at Penclacwydd from 13th to 22th January. Presumably it was this bird seen at Machynys on 15th of the month. Penclacwydd was also home to the same or another bird from 9th February to 7th March. 2 were reported from the confluence of the Gwili and Towy on 31th March.

2005
Two with Greylag Geese at Cilsan Bridge January 10th.

2006
Seven River Taf February 19th.

2007
Four at Coed Bach January l0th and then a single on the Tywi at Dryslwyn January 14th – February 18th. Three were present at Cilsan Bridge December 26th and 2 Coedbach December 27th-29th.