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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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GWYN RANDALL

A Kingfisher present on the river Afan at the town centre today, possibly the same bird seen along the tidal Afan yesterday. Jewels in the gloom !!

ian tew
ian tew

Sorry the last 2 pictures have posted the opposite was around to my expectations. The white headed one is sinensis!

ian tew
ian tew

As you might be able to see from these 2 images from the barrage in 2004, first is sinensis and second our local carbo. A lockdown feature making me look harder at what I can see rather than rushing around from place to place! Might still not be correct though as these 2 forms are supposed to hybridise sometimes.

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ian tew
ian tew

A couple more trips to the barrage have failed to unearth the Little or Iceland Gulls. Did see this summer plumaged Cormorant yesterday which, if the recent articles online are correct, fit the bare skin pattern for the continental form sinensis. If you look below the eye the bare skin edge against the feathers comes straight down from the top edge. A recent winter plumaged individual from Brynmill park also fits this description. Please see the next post for a comparison with our local form carbo.

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Dewi Lewis
Dewi Lewis

Female Kingfisher fishing the Canal,Clydach-evening 16 Jan 2021

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Lukas Le Grice
Lukas Le Grice

Northern Goshawk on The Graig, Penclawdd this morning….. 51.641833, -4.091729 . Description entered into eBird: This bird immediately caught my attention as a large raptor. I had a clear view of it through my scope as it passed from the left side of my view to the right. My first thought was that this bird was a red kite due to the large size but it lacked of many red kite features. I am very familiar with all the other raptors in this area and it didn’t look like any of them. It had broad, wide wings, brown streaks across… Read more »

Owain Gabb

92 dunlin and 3 turnstone on the foreshore by Mumbles Pier.

Alan Seago
Alan Seago

Iis provision going to be made for the kittiwakes at the new pier development? Anybody know?

Jeremy Douglas-Jones
Jeremy Douglas-Jones

Provision for the Kittiwakes is a condition of planning consent for the new lifeboat shed and that still holds good. I was informed by the pier’s owner that the new cafe on the pier is to be called the Kittiwake Cafe.

Lukas Le Grice
Lukas Le Grice

That’s great!

Paul Larkin
Paul Larkin

Being based in Kent but a regular visitor I’ve not heard about this pier development, could you give more details?

Jeremy Douglas-Jones
Jeremy Douglas-Jones

See plan from the planning application

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Elizabeth Reed
Elizabeth Reed

Just watched a Sparrowhawk taking a Nuthatch off the bird feeder in my garden at Manselfield!😳

Lukas Le Grice
Lukas Le Grice

Penclawdd Marsh this morning (High Tide): 41 greylag goose/ 42 canada goose/ 22 shelduck/ 2 gadwall/ 4 mallard/ 50 wigeon/ 200 oystercatcher/ 57 golden plover/ 22 curlew/ 5 knot/ 9 dunlin/ 1 snipe/ 1 Mediterranean gull/ 19 little egret/ 2 great egret/ 6 skylark/ 1 hen harrier/