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Guidelines for Reporting Rarities and Submission of Annual Records
Detailed records of nationally or locally rare species (guidance on these is here) should be sent to the County Recorder Rob Taylor (gowerbirdrecorder@gmail.com) as soon as possible after the sighting. An appropriate description should be provided of the species, your previous experience of it (and similar species), the circumstances and weather conditions in which the sighting occurred and any other pertinent information (such as photos). He will then circulate to the local or national records committee as relevant.

Day to day observations, including of nest sites, flocks of birds and species of local interest, should be collated in the Annual Record Form and sent to Rob as an email attachment following each calendar year. Receiving these by the end of January is ideal as an early start can then be made on compiling the annual report.

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The Bromlows
The Bromlows

Mumbles seafront high tide this afternoon saw what looked very much like a red-throated loon – solo, moving along next to the sea wall. We also think we saw one a cpl of weeks ago at high tide bobbing along from the rowing clubhouse to the pier and beyond. Pic not great sorry but we had a really good look at it and checked with the field guide.
We would be interested to know if this ID is possibly correct. Thanks

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Owain Gabb

It looks like a red-throated diver to me.

PAUL GRIFFITHS
PAUL GRIFFITHS

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PAUL GRIFFITHS
PAUL GRIFFITHS

similar bird, possibly the same one, unusually close to rocks at Oxwich Point on 22nd October, later flying inshore of the fishing boats and swimming briefly very close to beach before heading out again. I have photos that show its upturned bill clearly but have been unable to upload them,

Owain Gabb

Mill Wood, Penrice. Marsh tit the highlight. Also treecreeper, nuthatch, grey wagtail on the stream, great spotted woodpecker, long-tailed tit flocks.
Kestrel on Fairwood Common at the Upper Killay end

Lukas Le Grice
Lukas Le Grice

Flock of 60 long-tailed tit, 5 blue tit, 10 goldfinch, 1 chaffinch, and 1 goldfinch moving through a hedgerow on Penclawdd Marsh this morning.

Peter Douglas-Jones
Peter Douglas-Jones

We had a grey wagtail with us throughout most of last winter. It or a congener was with us in the garden today for what may be its first visit of the winter; also a female green woodpecker. Bracelet Bay (taking permitted exercise) two choughs.

Stephen Chambers
Stephen Chambers

Male Greater Spotted Woodpecker in garden feeding on nuts regularly in past few days. Also flocks of Goldfinches and flock of Long-Tailed Tits visited last week.

Alun John
Alun John

Stephen could you please provide a location in your comments

Lukas Le Grice
Lukas Le Grice

5 common gull and 63 black-tailed godwit at the end of Greenacres Road, Penclawdd this morning. Also a great egret and a common sandpiper on Penclawdd Marsh.

Lukas Le Grice
Lukas Le Grice

5 spoonbill, 1 great-crested grebe, a common gull, and hundreds of waterfowl at the end of Greenacres Road, Penclawdd today.

ian tew
ian tew

Here’s the pix of yesterday’s YBW from Mewslade. Sorry about the poor views but it was right in the tree tops. I think I can rule out Pallas’s even on these views because of the pale bill base but the extremely unlikely possibility of Hume’s…..? I have a few other rubbish views which I’ll keep in case someone wants them to try to make a decision.

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Alan Seago
Alan Seago

Nice variety of birds at Pennard this morning. Amongst which were whinchat, peregrine, raven, kestrel and little egret.

Alun John
Alun John

Nice to meet you this afternoon Alan..

ian tew
ian tew

Mewslade with tit flock in sycamore wood 1 yellow browed warbler (record shot to follow), 1 chiffchaff, 1male blackcap. Further down in figs area 2 brown head blackcap, 2 chiffchaff, 1 redwing. Middleton area 2 chiffchaff, 1 swallowb 1 brown head blackcap. Rhosili down south end 1 juv dartford warbler. Rhosili vile area 1 male blackcap, 3 swallow.