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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 Jones (goweros10@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.

PLEASE NOTE

Please could we ask that detailed locational information that may lead to the disturbance of the nest sites of species listed under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act (1981) is omitted from any posts. This may otherwise lead to an offence being committed.

Schedule 1 species that regularly breed in the recording area are Dartford warbler, chough, honey buzzard, crossbill, goshawk, kingfisher, hobby, red kite, barn owl, peregrine, little ringed plover and Cettiā€™s warbler.

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Terry Tovey
Terry Tovey
April 22, 2022 11:11 am

From yesterday 21st a walk from cadaxton marsh viewpoint in neath to st illtyds church 4 pairs of moorhen 12 mallards , 8 grey lag geese on the dry river bed a male goosander in the river 2 heron a calling Cuckoo goldfinch,blue and great tits, dunnock ,wren 2 mute swan on the river blackbirds, and house sparrows.

Barbara Wadsworth-Davies
Barbara Wadsworth-Davies
April 21, 2022 6:28 pm

Fairwood Common: Cuckoo heard at 17.30 then seen perched on wire calling. Caught 3 large caterpillars while I watched, returning to the wire to eat them. Also my first Swallow of year. Plenty of Willow Warblers & Chiffchaff. 2 Greylag on Pwll Mawr.

Anthony
Anthony
April 20, 2022 11:23 pm

First Cuckoo this spring for me heard today at Cwmcerdin around 15.30…. Pair of Merlin near
Bwlchygwyn Felindre

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Megan Nicklin
Megan Nicklin
April 20, 2022 8:26 pm

Cuckoo at 6:45pm on Clyne Common

Barbara Wadsworth-Davies
Barbara Wadsworth-Davies
April 19, 2022 11:57 am

Great to hear my first Cuckoo of spring today 05.45 at Fairwood Common.

Owain Gabb
April 18, 2022 4:05 pm

Third grasshopper warbler of the year ringed at Oxwich this morning. Also first reed warbler capture of the year.

Derek Jones
Derek Jones
April 18, 2022 10:42 am

I saw 15-20 Whimbrel at Salthouse Point, Crofty during high tide this morning. Also a pair of Great Crested Grebe.

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Troy Astarte
Troy Astarte
April 17, 2022 9:47 pm

Fun hour or so birding at Crymlyn Burrows after work on 2022-04-13.
Spotted lots of: skylark, stonechat m, stonechat f, linnet. Also a couple of reed bunting, some various warblers. And then this bird, that I can’t ID. Some type of pipit…?

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Dewi Lewis
Dewi Lewis
April 19, 2022 9:33 pm
Reply to  Troy Astarte

Features point to a ‘fresh’ looking Meadow Pipit. Long slender beak,speckled underparts extending low down and a long curved hind claw(more noticeable on second image).The beak would be heavier,the speckled underparts confined to upper parts of belly/chest and a less pronounced hind claw in a Tree Pipit.

Stephen Chambers
Stephen Chambers
April 17, 2022 5:15 pm

A chiffchaff singing on Pennard west cliffs this afternoon, together with plenty of dunnocks, robins and a pair of ravens.

Ruth Jones
Ruth Jones
April 17, 2022 9:32 am

My first cuckoo of the year! Heard in the Ilston/ Fairwood Airport area.

Alan Williams
Alan Williams
April 16, 2022 12:49 pm

1 snow bunting near Rhossili on cliff top to the east of the coastguard station, just before end of cliff top. 3 wheatear at same location. Approx 11.45am on 16th April

Owain Gabb
April 15, 2022 9:21 pm

Oxwich Marsh: 2 grasshopper warbler reeling at each other this evening, willow warblers singing. Whitethroat on the coast between Rotherslade and Limeslade this morning

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