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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 Cetti’s warbler.

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Jeremy Douglas-Jones
Jeremy Douglas-Jones
May 1, 2022 12:34 pm

Good numbers of Sand Martins, House Martins and Swallows over the Tawe at Swansea Vale.

Troy Astarte
Troy Astarte
May 1, 2022 12:25 pm

Curlew or Whimbrel? Spotted yesterday on a Gower beach (again, won’t say which, because W is schedule 1).

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Anthony
Anthony
May 1, 2022 4:51 pm
Reply to  Troy Astarte

Whimbrel for me… looking at its beak

Heather Coats
Heather Coats
May 1, 2022 8:46 am

I have just seen 2 juvenile Lesser redpoll in my garden (Crynant) for the first time having had a maximum of 13 adults recently. The first juvenile Siskin was on 29th April.

Troy Astarte
Troy Astarte
April 30, 2022 10:30 pm

Hi folks, anyone know who this little friend might be? I won’t see where I saw them in case they’re Schedule 1, but the habitat was small copses just inland from dunes.

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Anthony
Anthony
May 1, 2022 8:22 am
Reply to  Troy Astarte

Thinking a Lesser Whitethroat…

Troy Astarte
Troy Astarte
May 1, 2022 12:22 pm
Reply to  Anthony

super, that’s what I thought, too! thanks, that’s awesome!

Kathryn Williams
Kathryn Williams
April 30, 2022 6:36 pm

Fairwood Common. Pwll Mawr, Herring Gull predated Moorhen nest took all the young. Heron, cormorant and Canada geese. If anyone has lost a lens cap for a spotter along the north bank, I have it. On common, willow warbler, stonechats, starlings, house sparrows, chiff chaff.

Nigel Ramsell
Nigel Ramsell
April 30, 2022 12:30 pm

Cuckoo at Lliw Valley this morning. Also Redstart singing by the quarry by the road up to Upper Lliw reservoir.

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Jeremy Douglas-Jones
Jeremy Douglas-Jones
April 30, 2022 9:28 am

Fairwood Common, in addition to the male Cuckoo this morning, several Stonechats, Linnets, Swallows, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Heron, Dunnock, Song Thrush, Greylag Geese, Sky Lark and two reeling Grasshopper Warblers.

Rhys Palmer
Rhys Palmer
April 29, 2022 9:04 pm

Cuckoo seen and heard at Fairwood 8pm this evening, not far from Swansea Uplands rugby club. It was mainly perched on a telephone wire, but did swoop down to catch a very big looking caterpillar on two occasions. The first time I’ve seen a cuckoo!
Also spotted a swallow and a few blackcaps, and two greylags flew overhead from Pwll Mawr.

PAUL GRIFFITHS
PAUL GRIFFITHS
April 28, 2022 9:45 pm

April 28 1500. Stonechats, common whitethroats and a lesser whitethroat in song, south east Cefn Bryn. Pictured, common whitethroat on telegraph wire above lesser whitethroat on gorse bush.

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Gary
Gary
April 28, 2022 10:15 am

On a Caswell-to-Three Cliffs walk on Tuesday morning, plenty of whitethroat, a few linnet and stonechat, and more fulmars than usual. Photos of wheatear, whitethroat and dwarbler (m and f).

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Gary
Gary
April 28, 2022 10:16 am
Reply to  Gary

I didn’t realise three photos was the limit.

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Gary
Gary
April 28, 2022 10:18 am
Reply to  Gary

The focus on my only reasonable lens (Tamron) is broken. Can anybody try to fix it? Apparently it’s cheaper to buy a new one than send it off to the makers for repair. Alternative is to throw it away.

Troy Astarte
Troy Astarte
May 2, 2022 9:39 am
Reply to  Gary

Lovely photos Gary! Good spot on the dartford too.

Re your broken lens: I had a similar situation when I lived in Newcastle, and asking about at local camera shops I was directed to a vintage camera seller who did repairs. If you haven’t already tried it, I’d suggest calling Camera Centre Swansea, CC Cardiff, and Carmarthen Cameras. My guy didn’t have a web presence (on Fbook) so I wouldn’t have found him alone.

Gary
Gary
May 3, 2022 10:54 am
Reply to  Troy Astarte

Thanks, Troy. I did try the Camera Centre in Swansea, but they said they thought sending it back to the maker was the only option, and that that would probably cost more than a new lens. If I visit Cardiff or Carmarthen I’ll try them, as I don’t want to put the lens in the post.

Dewi Lewis
Dewi Lewis
April 27, 2022 3:42 pm

First Moorhen chicks out on the Canal in Clydach. A total of seven. Size difference quite noticeable. They will obviously have to get accustomed to the taste of white bread. Other would be parents appear to be getting tyred of waiting.

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Peter Douglas-Jones
Peter Douglas-Jones
April 27, 2022 3:18 pm

Heard from garden in Brynfield Road this afternoon: kittiwake. We have lived here for 47 years and this is a first.