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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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Owain Gabb

Upper Killay: 11 woodcock and a jack snipe in pasture fields near Upper Killay last night.
Very few common snipe at Oxwich today (2), with small numbers of teal and mallard on the South Pond.
Red kite over pasture at Nicholaston.
Other Gower news: spotted redshank present at Penclawdd (has been noted on and off for some time), 2 spoonbill at Wernffrwd, good numbers of purple sandpiper (up to 14) at Sedger’s Bank (Port Eynon) and great white egrets (2+) and a hen harrier at Llanrhidian.
Also the Iceland (Kumlien’s) gull at Aberavon Beach until early PM at least.

GWYN RANDALL

Gwyn Randall with Phil Routliff, Rob Jones & Dave Cornish. A co-ordinated low tide count on Margam Sands revealed an impressive 800+ Sanderlings plus equally impressive counts of c2500 Black-headed gulls, 4000+ Herring gulls,18 Great black- Backed,22 Common & 11 Lesser black- Backed. Other waders included 28 Ringed Plovers, just 13 Oystercatchers, 5 Curlew & 2 Dunlin. One Rock Pipit & a Peregrine also seen. A Canada Goose flying out to sea was unusual here.

Alun John
Alun John

Iceland/kumlien Gull still at Aberafan beach this morning.. favouring the breakwater end.. via @glambirder on Twitter

Jeremy Douglas-Jones
Jeremy Douglas-Jones

Stonechat showing well at the ruins of the pier at Swansea.

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Valerie Martin
Valerie Martin

Turnstones on the new lifeboat slip way 17/2/20 Rock pipit on rocks by path in Mumbles 17/2/20

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Russell Evans
Russell Evans

Red kite over fendrod lake today 22nd, @ 12.07.

Owain Gabb

Iceland gull on Aberavon Beach today (from Twitter)

Philip Routliff
Philip Routliff

Walk down Aberavon beach this afternoon.
Herring Gulls 380 + flying South towards Steel Works to roost.

Alan Seago
Alan Seago

4 little egrets on Murton Lane. Redwing and long tailed tits in Oystermouth Castle Woods this afternoon

Alannah and Howard
Alannah and Howard

Rhossili 1pm-3pm Flock of 60+ Linnet on the fields (counted from a photo), Choughs 2